Many women needlessly suffer back and shoulder pain associated with large, pendulous breasts. These women often suffer chronic irritation of the skin underneath the breasts and persistent shoulder grooves from straining bra straps. Women with heavy breasts can find it very hard to exercise, find appropriate clothing, and perform daily activities that are straight-forward to most. Excessively large breasts can cause emotional distress for some women.
Breast reduction procedure
A Breast Reduction procedure usually involves a 1-2 night stay in a fully accredited private hospital facility. Prior to your procedure, your plastic surgeon will take pre-operative photos and map out surgical markings on your breasts to ensure precision and accuracy, aiming to deliver you with the best possible result. Your anaesthetist will administer anaesthesia and other required medication to ensure you are completely asleep during your surgery.
A series of small incisions will be made to remove the excess skin, fat and breast tissue. Your areolae are relocated to a higher position on the breast, keeping in tact the attachment to the original nerve and blood supply. depending on your surgeon, they will use either the ‘Le Jour’ (lollipop) technique or the ‘Robbins’ (anchor) technique.
Dr Tom Robbins actually developed the ‘Robbins’ technique, and performs all his Breast Reductions using this method. Recent surveys conducted by the British Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that over 70% of Breast Reductions worldwide are performed using the ‘Robbins’ technique.
Your plastic surgeon will close your incisions very precisely using sutures placed deep within the breast tissue to shape and support your newly created breasts. Advanced surgical stitching techniques will mean your scars will be minimal and should heal very well. Your wounds will be dressed with gauze padding and surgical tape. The procedure takes approximately 2-3 hours.
Risks associated with breast reduction surgery
A Medicare rebate is usually available for this procedure and most private health insurance funds will cover the patients’ hospital stay. Most patients return to normal activities within two to three weeks. Pain is relatively minimal following Breast Reduction surgery, however discomfort including soreness, swelling and bruising is common. Scarring from your Breast Reduction can continue to fade for up to 2 years, and often it becomes barely visible.
Patients must consider the risks associated with general anaesthesia prior to undergoing their procedure. Despite most people responding well to it, some may have adverse reactions which can cause cardiac arrest and other complications. Haematoma, infection, wound breakdown and necrosis are also uncommon complications but can occur. Patients could also risk significant scarring, asymmetry and a loss of nipple sensation. The ability to breastfeed is generally unaffected by a Breast Reduction, however all breast surgeries carry a risk of affecting breastfeeding capability.
At Medici Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, we pride ourselves on exceptional post-care. Our plastic surgeons and support staff are all readily available to attend to you if you have any questions or concerns. Nursing staff are also available at our partnering clinic in Hawthorn.