Breast reduction also known as reduction mammoplasty is a frequently performed operation in cosmetic and plastic surgery. The aim is to reduce the weight of the breasts which can relieve neck/back strain and also lift the nipple and reshape the breast into a more aesthetic shape in line with the rest of your figure. They are amongst the happiest patients in our practice.
Your surgeon will draw on your breasts prior to the procedure, marking the incision lines and making other relevant measurements to roadmap the skin and breast tissue excision.
Breast reduction surgery is performed with the patient under general anaesthesia. Your surgeon will measure the height of the nipple and estimate the volume of breast to be removed. Closure will be either in an inverted T shaped scar or a vertical (short) scar. There will usually also be a scar around the areola of the nipple.
At the end of the operation a firm dressing or brassiere is placed around your chest. Drainage tubes may be in place to eliminate any blood that may accumulate. These drains are removed within 24-48 hours following the procedure.
Yes. Breast reduction is covered by some private health funds when indicated for chronic neck/back pain and strain.
What are the risks and complications of breast reduction surgery?
As with any surgery, breast reduction involves risks and potential complications. The possible risks and complications associated with breast reduction include:
- Breast asymmetry
- Loss of sensation in the nipples or breasts, which may be temporary or permanent
- Potential inability to breastfeed
- Delayed healing
How long before I can go out and by a new bra?
You wear a compression bra for 6 weeks following the surgery. After this, the breast volume will settle and the shape will also become more “tear drop”. It is at this time that you can be properly measured for new bras
What cup size will I be?
It is difficult to predict exactly what cup size you will be as many bras vary significantly in size/shape. The aim of the breast reduction is to give you size, shape and position of your breast in proportion to the rest of your body size and shape. It is also very important to note that there will be some minor difference is shape and size of the breast from one side to the other. No two breasts are exactly the same size or shape to start with.