Breast Reduction and Breast Lift Surgery

Are you experiencing discomfort or pain, unable to play sport or exercise due to overly large breasts? Are they the source of self-consciousness and bad posture?

Breast reduction surgery can be the answer; you don’t have to endure the physical and emotional pain that they can cause any longer.

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fat, tissue and skin from overly large breasts. In some cases when having reduction mammoplasty you may also need to have a breast lift (mastopexy), which requires the removal of excess skin, as well as breast tissue.

Post-surgery most women find relief from the symptoms of overly large breasts and they love the look, feel and shape that the surgery provides.

New lifestyle opportunities can become a reality after surgery as reducing breast size can help you to be able to participate in more physical activities. Shopping can suddenly become more fun and easier to find those fashion trendy clothes and lingerie.

Physically your posture, back and neck pain can be improved almost instantly, it will assist you in standing tall and feeling more comfortable.

All these improvements to your body and lifestyle may also help to improve your self-esteem and self-confidence.

If you are considering breast reduction surgery then you will want expert advice on what the surgery entails, so contact us to make an appointment to talk to one of our board-certified highly skilled surgeons.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why choose Cosmetic Image Clinics for Breast Reduction surgery or Reduction Mammoplasty?

At Cosmetic Image Clinics, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest levels of personal care while providing both surgical and non-surgical options for people seeking cosmetic rejuvenation and cosmetic plastic surgery.

Our selected team of doctors, plastic and cosmetic surgeons, clinical nurses and administrative team, have a wealth of experience caring for men and women undergoing cosmetic treatments.

By selecting our multi-award winning Cosmetic Image Clinics in Aquarius Health and Medispa, you can be assured that your comfort and satisfaction is our highest priority.

Your consultation will be conducted in the strictest of confidence and you will receive professional care and expert advice from our highly trained team.

Why are women electing to have Breast Reduction surgery or Reduction Mammoplasty?

Women are increasingly turning to surgery as they realise they don’t have to endure the discomfort of heavy breasts. Overly large breasts can be both physically and emotionally uncomfortable. They can result in severe back, neck, and shoulder pain, poor posture, bra strap indentations, skin irritation, self-consciousness, and low self-esteem.

The surgery will not only give you smaller, firmer, more youthful-looking breasts, but a new freedom. You’ll be able to exercise more comfortably, participate more readily in sports, and wear a wider variety of clothing styles.

Apart from relieving the physical stress on the body, the psychological and emotional benefits of this procedure can include enhanced self-esteem, a more satisfying body image and increased confidence and sense of well-being.

What are the risk factors in Breast Reduction surgery or Reduction Mammoplasty?

Apart from discomfort and bruising following the procedure, some loss of feeling may occur in nipples and breast skin for a period of weeks. In some patients it may last longer, and in rare cases it may be permanent.

A small percentage of women experience sharp pains in the breast or nipple for up to six months. This is part of the healing process and will subside over time. Some breast reductions can result in the loss of nipple sensation and reduction of milk supply as a consequence, therefore breast feeding may be unable to be established.

There will be visible scarring with the breast lift technique, although it will be covered by your bra or bathing suit (poor healing and wider scarring is more common in smokers). The procedure may also leave the breasts slightly uneven.

As with any surgical procedure, although uncommon, excessive bleeding or infection following surgery may cause swelling and pain.

Our surgeons have had many years of experience performing this surgery, whilst the majority of women do not experience complications you should discuss any concerns you have with your doctor.

What is involved in my Breast Reduction surgery or Reduction Mammoplasty post-operative care?

The pain associated with breast reduction surgery varies from person to person but in general it’s not considered to be particularly painful. There may be pain for the first 24 hours and discomfort for a week or more. We will ensure that you have adequate pain medication, however most patients cope extremely well with minimal reliance on medication.

Following reduction with breast lift surgery you will have dressings covering incision sites which will restrict your ability to shower in the first week following surgery. With some extensive procedures, a small tube may be placed in each breast to drain off blood and fluids for the first day or two. A compression bra is not required to be worn; however dressings will need to be changed during the first week.

It is recommended that patients take two weeks off work after breast reduction surgery. If your job involves any form of heavy lifting or straining of any kind, the time will increase. If you take longer to heal provision needs to be made for additional time off, although in most cases two weeks is adequate. During this time you should avoid household duties. You will need to avoid aerobics or other strenuous exercises until about six weeks after your surgery. However if you have specific concerns, you should discuss them with your doctor.

You will be reassessed in our clinic 7 days after surgery when the sutures around the areola are removed.

At Cosmetic Image Clinics within Aquarius Health and Medispa we understand the issues involved in making such an important decision and we are happy to discuss your concerns at any time.

What is Breast Reduction surgery or Reduction Mammoplasty?

Breast reduction surgery, known as reduction mammoplasty, involves the removal of fat, tissue and skin from the breasts, making them smaller and firmer, bringing them into better proportion with the rest of the body.

What is involved in Breast Reduction surgery or Reduction Mammoplasty?

Breast reduction surgery is usually performed as a day procedure within a hospital facility, under general anaesthesia. The procedure takes approximately 3 hours.

The usual reduction involves a “breast lift”.

The most common surgical technique involves an anchor-shaped 3 part incision. The first incision is made around the nipple area (areola), and another is made vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The third incision is horizontal beneath the breast and follows the breast’s natural curve. The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple.

When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast. Areola size may also be reduced at the same time so that the nipple size is more suited to the new smaller breasts.

Breast reduction surgery leaves permanent scars in locations normally covered by a bra or bathing suit; the scarring becomes less obvious over a period of six to twelve months.

Our surgeons have had many years of experience performing this surgery. It is important to set realistic expectations and discuss these with your doctor. During your initial consultation you should also acquire a clear understanding of what the surgery entails and any possible risks or complications that may occur.

What is involved in planning my Breast Reduction surgery or Reduction Mammoplasty?

In your initial consultation, the doctor will evaluate your health and explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you, based on the size and shape of your breasts and placement of the nipples.

Most women who have large enough breasts to warrant a breast reduction also need a breast lift (mastopexy) due to the weight of the breasts pulling them down and stretching of the skin. In these cases, excess skin, as well as breast tissue will need to be removed. This procedure involves some scarring. While generally considered safe, the procedure is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed at some point.

Some women, however, may benefit from breast reduction alone, either by liposuction or surgical removal of tissue. Your surgeon will decide if you are an appropriate candidate for a reduction without a breast lift. In these cases, the breasts are still firm with upper fullness and high nipple position. With good natural shape, only a reduction in size may be required.

The procedure cost will vary according to each patient’s unique requirements. Because of the back and neck pain, skin irritation, and breathing problems caused by overly large breasts, reduction surgery is usually deemed medically necessary. Medicare and/or private health insurance will contribute in these cases.

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