If you are a woman who feels her breasts are too large, either for cosmetic or physical reasons, breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, may be a beneficial option to consider.
Many women find that having the procedure gives them far more than just smaller, firmer breasts. They also report having such benefits like pain relief (from back and neck), a new freedom of movement allowing for more exercise and physical activity and the ability to wear many clothing styles they may have avoided in the past.
Of all cosmetic surgery procedures, breast reduction in fact ranks among the highest in patient satisfaction.
FAQ: Breast Reduction Surgery (Reduction Mammoplasty) Sydney
Breast reduction offers benefits to women of all ages, although waiting until breast development is complete is recommended.
Since pregnancy and breast-feeding can affect your breast reduction results, many choose to postpone their surgery until they’ve stopped having children.
Due to problems caused by overly large breasts, some women choose to undergo the procedure even if they plan future pregnancies.
Good candidates for breast reduction may experience some of the following conditions:
- Body disproportion caused by breasts that are too large
- Chronic neck, back or shoulder pain caused by excessive breast weight
- Heavy, sagging breasts
- Deep shoulder indentations caused by pressure from bra straps
- Skin irritation beneath the breasts
- Restricted exercise and physical activity due to breast size
- Self-consciousness over large breast size
- Breast asymmetry
A personal consultation is the first step for any patient considering breast reduction. We will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during the consultation include:
- Medical conditions, both past and present
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Previous surgeries
- Weight loss history and goals
During the consultation, your breasts will be examined and evaluated on their shape, size, skin elasticity and nipple position. Photographs and measurements may be taken for your medical record.
Some health plans cover breast reduction surgery when performed to relieve medical symptoms; however, coverage often depends on a significant amount of breast tissue being removed. In this instance you may also be entitled to a Medicare rebate.
Breast reduction surgically removes excess skin and breast tissue, making your breasts more in proportion with the rest of your body.
There are many variations to breast reduction surgery. The techniques our surgeons use depend upon your individual features, physical needs and aesthetic goals. The most common method, which offers the most significant level of reduction and lift, involves three incisions: One around the circumference of the areola, another running vertically from the areola to the breast crease and a third incision following the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. Through these incisions, the surgeon removes the excess breast skin and shapes the remaining breast tissue. The nipple and areola, which remain attached to the underlying tissue, are then shifted to a higher position. The areola can also be reduced in size for better proportion.
Please understand that breast-feeding may or may not be possible after breast reduction surgery.
Depending upon the amount of reduction needed, the horizontal incision running along the breast crease may be avoided, although this modified technique is not appropriate for all women considering breast reduction. Your surgeon will exercise this option when appropriate.
Although thousands of women undergo breast reduction surgery each year and experience no major complications, all surgical procedures do carry some degree of risk. It is important you are well informed of these risks when considering breast reduction.
The discussion of potential risks and complications is one of the most important aspects of patient consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss these potential complications with you, listen to your safety questions, and offer recommendations on how to minimise your chance of risk.
You will be issued pre-operative instructions immediately after you make your decision. It is important to read and understand these instructions when preparing for your breast reduction surgery in order to ensure the best possible results.
Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
- Arranging for help following surgery, such as transport and in-home care for the first 24 hours
- Undergoing a baseline mammogram
For your comfort and convenience, the procedure will take place under local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation or under general anaesthetic. We will carefully monitor your physical status throughout the operation and during your recovery.
Within the first week
- You will begin to move about more comfortably
- You may feel up to resuming some non-strenuous work
- Your dressings will be changed
- Any surgical drains used will be removed
- You should notice relief from back, neck and shoulder pain
After several weeks
- Swelling and bruising will diminish
- All stitches will have been removed
- Nipple sensation will gradually improve
- You may resume to most normal activities, including light exercise
After a few months
- Your breasts will start to settle into a more natural shape
- Incision lines will begin to fade
Breast reduction surgery offers a high rate of patient satisfaction. Women often report better body proportion, more freedom to enjoy physical activities and joy at being able to wear clothing styles they’ve avoided in the past.
Though breast reduction surgery does involve scarring, these scars can be easily concealed beneath clothing, swimsuits and tank tops and will fade significantly over time. Most women find the trade-off of scarring for the dramatic change in their body proportion well worth it.
In most cases, your new breast size and shape should remain for several years to come. Factors such as weight fluctuation or subsequent pregnancies, however, can affect the longevity of the results.
Follow-up visits are important to answer any questions you may have and monitor your healing process. Your first post-operative visit will be scheduled after the initial healing period, during the first few days after surgery. In the following months, we may ask you to return for periodic check ups. Keeping these appointments is important to assessing your long-term results and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Breast reduction cost starts at $15000