Some women can experience health problems due to having larger breasts that are disproportionate to their body. The weight of the breast tissue can cause back, shoulders and neck pain, as well as postural problems.
Breast reduction or mammoplasty, is a reconstructive surgery that aims to alleviate the physical pain and discomfort of larger breasts and reduce the weight and size of the chest. In addition, it can also make the breasts appear smaller and lifted. Breast reduction surgery is suitable for women in their mid-twenties and upwards that wish to reduce the of the chest, even out body proportions and enhance the appearance of the breasts.
By reducing breast tissue and removing excess skin, as well as repositioning the areolae, breast reduction surgery can combat the physical changes caused by pregnancy, weight loss and ageing.
Before breast reduction surgery, patients will attend a consultation with Dr Scamp. This will allow a discussion about the results the patient is looking to achieve from the procedure, whether it is to relieve pain and postural problems or to enhance the appearance of the breasts.
Dr Scamp will evaluate the removal of tissue or skin needed from the breasts and the repositioning of the areolae, or how to relieve asymmetry caused by a single breast. In addition, there are risks associated with breast reduction surgery, which will be clearly discussed with the patient before the procedure begins. The consultation process will also allow patients to ask any questions or concerns about the procedure.
As a reconstructive surgery, breast reduction will involve the patient going under a general aesthetic. This will ensure that the patient feels no pain or discomfort during the procedure. In preparation for the surgery, Dr Scamp will use a pen to mark the breasts and to show where the incisions will be on the skin. This is usually in a T shape, with a vertical line from the areola down the breast and horizontally underneath the breast, as well as a circle around the areola.
In order to remove the excess fat and tissue from the breasts and to reduce their size and weight, small incisions are made that follow the T shape. This will also allow for the repositioning of the areolae during the procedure. The breast tissue that is kept will be reshaped into the desired size and shape and any excess skin will be removed. The incision sites will be stitched up for the breasts to heal healthy.
Breast reduction surgery can take anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours to complete, depending on the desired size and shape of the breast, as well as whether the patient is having bilateral surgery to both of her breasts.
After the breast reduction procedure, dressing will be applied to keep the stitches clean and free from infection. It is common for there to be swelling, bruising and tenderness after the surgery, but this discomfort is likely to decrease within 48 hours. Pain relieve can be provided to promote patient comfort. It is also normal to experience a loss of sensation in the breast after surgery, but this will correct itself and it is not permanent.
In addition, patients will wear a special supportive bra post-surgery. This will ensure the breasts heal successfully and stay in their desired shape. Dr Scamp will be able to advise you on how long to wear this supportive bra, which can range from two to three months, during the day and through the night. Patients can normally return to work and normal, everyday activities after one week.
Within the first few weeks of breast reduction surgery, you will be able to see positive changes. It can take up to six months to see the final successful result of breast reduction surgery. The incisions that were made to the breast may leave some scarring, but these scars will fade over time and the majority are in the natural creases of the skin.
If you would like to find out more about breast reduction surgery and what it can do for you, you can arrange a consultation with Dr Terrence Scamp today by contacting our Brisbane or Gold Coast clinics.
The results of breast reduction surgery will reveal smaller, firmer and lifted breasts that are free from sagging and stretched skin. With the removal of excess tissue and skin, the breasts will be lighter in weight and smaller in size, which will alleviate pain and discomfort, as well as look naturally in proportion to the patient’s body shape.
Large, sagging breasts often interfere with normal physical activities. They can cause back pain, postural problems, deformities of the back and shoulders, skin rashes and breast pain. For these reasons, breast reduction generally is considered a reconstructive cosmetic surgery procedure. In addition to alleviating physical problems, however, it improves the shape of your breasts and nipple areas.
The operation is performed under general anaesthesia usually as a day patient. During the procedure, excess breast tissue and skin is removed, your nipples are areolae (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) are repositioned, and your remaining breast tissue is reshaped. A commonly performed breast reduction technique uses incisions that encircle the areola and then extend vertically down the breast and horizontally along the crease underneath the breast. After surgery, your breast will be wrapped in a dressing. Loss of breast or nipple sensation is possible, but usually is not permanent. You should be able to return to work within a week.
Dr Scamp will explain the surgical procedure, risks, recovery time and answer all of your questions at your initial consultation at his Gold Coast clinic.