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Breast reduction

Surgical breast reduction is a procedure that decreases the size of breasts by removal of breast tissue and reshaping of the breast. Breast reduction is known as “reduction mammoplasty”. The technique uses various incisions to remove the excess breast tissue whilst preserving the nipple and areola and reshaping the breast. Typically patients stay overnight in hospital following this procedure.

Individuals experiencing physical pain and emotional distraught due to larger breast can seek breast reduction surgery to correct the problems associated with the excessive weight of a large breasts. This breast reduction procedure can aid in relieving neck and back pain as well as skin irritation caused by the pressure of bra straps. Patients also may also notice an improvement in their ability to perform daily activities.

During the surgery, the plastic surgeon will remove excess glandular tissue, breast fat and skin to achieve a bust that is in proportion to the rest of your body. The usual incisions will be around the areola, in the inframammary fold (the fold under the breast) and a five to seven centimetre vertical incision connecting the two. Your scar result will be discussed with you during your consultation. The breast will not only be reduced and reshaped, but its position on your chest will be raised to a normal level.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Considering breast reduction in Perth is the first step to your new life. However, before you take the next step and contact a doctor ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the skin underneath your breasts have chronic rash irritation?
  • Is the skin underneath your breasts stretched and low-hanging?
  • Does the size of your breasts cause poor posture or a decrease in your self-image?
  • Do your breasts restrict your activity?
  • Does the pressure of your bra straps cause deep grooves in your shoulders?
  • Do you have difficulty trying to find clothing and bras that fit correctly because of your breast size?
  • Are your areolas enlarged due to breast weight?

If you answered yes to those questions, you may be the ideal candidate for breast reduction in Perth. However, only your doctor can determine if your physical and mental health is suited for the surgery.

Getting The Results You Want From a Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery will produce internal scars in the remaining breast tissue. In the future, you should advise your mammographer that you have had previous breast surgery. The mammographic signs of breast cancer can usually be distinguished from these internal scars. You will also be required to have a screening mammogram prior to your surgery as a baseline for future comparison.

Younger patients occasionally experience some regrowth of the breast tissue, especially if they have not finished maturation. Generally this process is complete by the age of 18. Other patients may find that their breasts enlarge again if they put on weight.

You should also be aware that after having breast reduction or lift surgery that breast feeding may not be possible. Please discuss any concerns of this nature with Dr Hewitt prior to undergoing surgery.

Recovery and Follow-Up

Under normal circumstances, most patients have found they recover quickly and can perform light-duty tasks the day after the surgery. However, the recovery time for each patient can vary. Normal activities (such as returning to work) can usually begin a week later but full recovery may take up to 6 weeks after a breast reduction. The incisions lines,  which are visible after the procedure will begin to fade in the months following the surgery and fade drastically over the course of the year.

Discomfort, some pain and swelling are all common after surgery and the doctor will provide you will specific instructions about cleaning, bandages, dressing and medications that are vitally important for the recovery process. A follow-up visit is typically scheduled one to two weeks after surgery. To help ensure your body recovers properly, always follow the doctors’ specific after care instructions given to you during the consultation or before the procedure.

For more detailed information on surgical technique an information brochure can be emailed to you by contacting us.