Also known as a reduction mammoplasty, a breast reduction is a procedure which aims to reduce breast size and create a more ideal breast shape for the woman.
Women with large or droopy breasts may be experiencing severe back and neck pain, shoulder soreness from tight bra straps, skin irritation or skeletal deformities.
A breast reduction creates smaller and more shapely breasts therefore will help alleviate any uncomfortable symptoms mentioned above, as well as giving you more confidence and freedom to wear fitted clothing you prefer and do activities such as running and exercise. You will benefit from the changes of a breast reduction forever, however gravity and aging may still affect the breast shape, and this varies between patients. Some patients may require small adjustments or revision surgery to maintain desired breast shape.
Prior to your first consultation, our specialized photographer will show you the Vectra 3D system and explain how it works. A high-resolution 3D image of you will be taken so that your surgeon can then digitally alter this image to simulate the results of your surgery. This will give you a real sense of your body after surgery.
During your first consultation your surgeon will discuss what you’d like to achieve, any expectations you have and various options available. Information about your breast history, mammograms, ultrasounds or biopsies, questions about the procedure, medical history and current medication will also be discussed. Please bring any relevant information to this consultation. We will provide as much information as possible so that you feel comfortable and informed, and if you feel overwhelmed in any way we encourage you to make a second consultation so that you feel confident with your decision.
Please ensure you have arranged someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out at home for a few days. To reduce risk of bleeding and bruising please make sure to:
We will guide you to prepare for surgery so that your procedure and recovery go smoothly. On the day bring your toiletries, any medication needed and loose clothing.
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthetic so that you will be completely unaware of the surgery or any pain, and sleep comfortably through the procedure.
Before the procedure, your surgeon will place some markings on your skin to determine the exact position and size of your new breasts. During the procedure, any excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed and the nipples and remaining breast tissues are re-shaped. As much of the nerve supply to the nipple is preserved in order to provide some sensation to this area. The suture line will be situated around the nipple in its new position, and extends downward to the crease under the breast. The scar may end here, or alternatively may extend into the crease under the breast towards either side. This procedure usually takes 2-3 hours.
Please call our office if you experience any of the following: excessive pain or bleeding, abnormal swelling or fever during the first 24 hours.
A breast reduction reduces the volume and changes the position of the breast, as opposed to mastopexy, which changes position only.
No, its really up the individual. Breast will change over time due to age, weight variations etc, so it’s just whenever is right for the individual.
A breast reduction can be covered under private health insurance as there is an applicable item number in most instances. Please note that private health insurance will help to reduce the cost, but there wil still be an out of pocket fee payable for the procedure.
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