Breast Reduction Melbourne
Breast reduction surgery can help you achieve your desired breast size and shape with minimal scarring.
What is breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of overly large breasts. Many women choose to have a reduction surgery due to how they feel about having large breasts, and also due to the health issues it can cause.
Common reasons women consider breast reduction surgery
- Reduce the weight of large and heavy breasts which may be contributing to neck and shoulder pain, as well as back pain and other physical discomfort.
- Bra straps digging into the shoulders due to the size of your breasts.
- Skin irritations such as rashes/fungal infections which might occur beneath the breasts.
- Clothing may be difficult to find that fits well.
- Breasts that get in the way of your arms at the side.
- Improve posture and ability to exercise.
- A desire to achieve a more pleasing shape with a proportionate balance between breasts and body.
- Above issues resistant to exercise and diet.
What is involved with breast reduction surgery?
Recovery After Surgery
- Patients most commonly require a hospital stay of 1-2 nights.
- The area will feel a little uncomfortable for a few days.
- A gradual increase in mobility and activity; generally back to most normal day to day activities at two weeks.
- Most women allow approximately two – three weeks off work. However, you may require additional time if your job is more physically demanding. This can be discussed with A/Prof White.
- You are able to drive when you feel comfortable to do so.
- No heavy lifting or exercise for 6 weeks e.g. Avoid gym, aerobics, running.
Post-Operative Care & Review
- A/Prof White and his team will care for you in hospital.
- Drain tubes are removed when the daily fluid reduces.
- A review appointment to take off the dressings, check your wounds and remove any sutures is generally undertaken one week after surgery.
- Subsequent review appointments are generally made for 6 weeks after surgery and then 3, 6 and 12 months later to assess the results of your surgery.
- If there are any concerns you will be seen more frequently.
Risks To Consider
Frequently Asked Questions
The ability to breast feed may be affected by breast reduction surgery. It is difficult to predict what the impact may be and if it might be an issue for you. It may be recommended you wait to have this procedure until you longer have the need to breast feed.
Excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue are removed from the breasts to achieve the desired size. Subsequently, the results are permanent.
In rare cases, growth may occur or the remaining glandular tissue may enlarge, resulting in an increase in breast size.
Initial numbness typically resolves in a few weeks or months.
Most people choose to reduce their breast size by one or two cup sizes. You may reduce further, but a sufficient amount of tissue, ducts, and blood supply must remain to support function and retain natural body proportions.
You must be over eighteen years of age and breast development should be complete. For people over the age of fifty or in an identified risk group, ensure your breast screening is up to date.
Consideration should also be made regarding plans for pregnancies and breast feeding.
Minimal scar breast reduction surgery
The traditional breast reduction technique involves an “anchor” type scar pattern. There is a circular scar around the areolar (coloured area around the nipple), a vertical component and a long horizontal scar based in the breast crease, beneath the breast itself.
The minimal scar technique that A/Prof White uses for most breast reductions largely eliminates the long horizontal scar beneath the breast.
In A/Prof White’s opinion, the advantages of this are:
- Reduction in the amount of scars. Sometimes the scars that result from traditional breast reduction surgery can be visible in the cleavage area and give rise to puckers or “dog ears” – either in the cleavage area or under the arms.
- Preserving breast tissue in the cleavage area and removing it in the lower parts and beneath the arm (lateral).
- Better projection (perkiness of the breasts).
- More durable, long term results.
- Less wound healing issues.
- Better sensation and less risk of nipple necrosis (tissue death).
- Decreases the weight of your breasts.
No Surgery Is Risk Free
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