GETTING IT OFF YOUR CHEST

GETTING IT OFF YOUR CHEST

Dr Scamp investigates Breast Reduction surgery and what it can mean for you and your confidence!

Whilst the Gold Coast is commonly associated with bikini girls and breast augmentation there are many women out there with a little too much of a good thing.

Excessively large breasts can be an inconvenience or a serious health hazard.  The weight of the breasts can have an adverse effect on posture and lead to troubles with the upper portion of the backbone.   Back and neck ache result and the pressure from bra straps on shoulders can leave deep grooves.  If there is significant sag in warm weather the chafing below the breasts can cause a substantial rash to appear.

Add to all this the difficulty with selecting clothing and the embarrassment of the attention that very large breasts can incur, and life may not be so easy.

Breast reduction may be performed as young as the teens in a particularly needy case, but is best left until growth of the breast is complete, as even after a successful operation if the hormonal stimulus is still there the breasts may regrow.

In a breast reduction procedure the breast gland is reduced in size and the nipple is usually lifter higher on the chest as large breasts have commonly sagged.  The skin of the breast is then adjusted to fit the new shape snugly and efforts made to minimize the length of the scar.  However when significant amounts of breast tissue and breast skin are removed a significant scar will also result.  Breast reduction scar runs around the areola and vertically down the breast in most cases.  Usually a transverse component is also required in the crease below the breast and its length is usually a reflection of how much tissue and skin had to be removed.  This scar is usually well hidden by the curve of the breast.

There are many techniques for breast reduction and a modern focus with these is of reducing the extent of the scars.  However sometimes this can result in a compromise of the breast shape and as it is usually the least conspicuous scar, the transverse scar in the fold below the breast, that is reduced.   You should discuss with your Plastic Surgeon what is the most appropriate procedure for you and what sort of scar that will entail.

Immediately after surgery the nipples tend to be quite numb.  By three to four months sensation is usually beginning to return but it may take as long as two years for it to completely recover.  Something less than 10% of people stay numb on one or both sides.

Other than that the usual complications are those seen with any operation ie: bleeding and infection.  The risk of complications is proportional to body weight so it is best to be at a healthy weight before embarking on this procedure.  Moreover if one has the procedure performed and then reduces weight significantly thereafter due to a new found capacity to exercise unencumbered, then the breast itself may decrease in size further and a flat broad “deflated” look may result.

So both for health reasons and for a better cosmetic result try to optimize weight prior to surgery.  Breast reduction patients enjoy the new found freedom from heavy ponderous bras and their weighty contents.  Dressing is easier and comfort in our hot climate significantly enhanced.  Back and neck discomfort and deep shoulder strap marks are usually a thing of the past.

Breast reduction is a procedure where the resultant scarring needs to be weighed up against the benefit that one is likely to obtain.  Therefore  a lengthy discussion about the pros and cons of the procedure prior to surgery is essential.

For more information on Breast Reduction surgery visit our page here or to book your consultation call us on 07 5539 1000.