Breast reduction is a surgery that removes excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from breasts, while also reshaping and resizing them. The result is smaller, higher and lighter breasts that are more proportionate with the rest of the body.
Is breast reduction surgery the right choice for me?
Is breast reduction the right choice for me?
Breast reduction surgery can easily be tailored to your specific needs. Unfortunately, it’s not the right procedure for everyone. It’s always best to speak to a fully qualified plastic surgeon, such as Dr Safvat in Sydney and Bowral, about your needs in order to determine which type of surgery you can benefit from. Your concerns as well as your medical history will also be taken into account by Dr Safvat. You may be a good candidate for this procedure in some or all of the following circumstances:
- You are in good physical health and your breasts are fully developed
- You have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with a breast reduction surgery
- Overly large breasts are causing you physical and emotional distress
- You aren’t able to engage in the physical activities you want to due to large breasts
- Neck, back and shoulder pain is something you experience on a regular, if not a daily, basis
- Your bra straps leave indentations due to the weight of your breasts
- Rashes and skin irritations occur quite regularly underneath your breasts
- The weight of your breasts has caused the skin to stretch and your breasts to sag
- Your nipples are pointing downwards and rest below the crease of the breast
- Your areolas are bigger than they should be because of the stretched skin
- Loss of confidence in the appearance of breasts
What should I take into account before considering a breast reduction?
- Breast reduction surgery should ideally be undertaken when breasts are fully developed.
- Childbirth and breastfeeding can affect breast reduction results.
- If you decide to have a child after surgery, keep in mind that a breast reduction may affect your ability to breastfeed. Unfortunately, there’s no way to determine whether this will be the case.
- You will need to maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle after your breast reduction in order to retain your results.
- Smokers have an increased risk of complications and could experience delays during the healing process. It’s always best to quit smoking to have a more positive surgical experience
What Can I expect over the long term after breast reduction surgery?
Swelling takes months to subside after surgery, so you need to be patient before you see the results, even though your breasts will look and feel significantly better right away.
Scarring will also only start to fade quite significantly after 6-12 months. Your new breast size will give you a lot more freedom in terms of physical movement and clothing choices. Your body will be more proportionate; back, neck and shoulder pain which were associated with larger breasts should no longer be an issue.
The results of breast reduction surgery are permanent. However, any weight fluctuations, pregnancy and the natural ageing process can affect your results over time.
How will my nipples be affected after breast reduction surgery?
It’s very common for the nipples to feel numb initially after breast reduction surgery. However, in most instances, feeling gradually returns.
Dr Safvat will take you through the techniques that he uses to salvage as much nipple sensation as possible during your consultation.
Are there any alternatives to breast reduction surgery?
There are a few ways that you might be able to overcome large breasts, including weight loss or wearing the correct bra. Generally, these options will only provide mild relief, if any.
Liposuction and breast reduction surgery are usually the best options if you want permanent results, and Ethique Plastic Surgery provides both and you can discuss this during consultation with Dr Safvat in one of our three locations in Bowral, Concord, and Miranda.
What are risks or complications could there be with my surgery?
There are some general risks and complications associated with all types of surgery, including breast reductions. Having your breast reduction surgery done in a fully accredited hospital (in Sydney or Southern Highlands) with highly experienced anaesthetists minimises some of the risks.
Although uncommon, the complications of undergoing a breast reduction include, collection of blood (haematoma) or other fluids (seroma), mild to severe infection and risks associated with general anaesthetics.
The sensation around the areola can be affected by your breast reduction and may take several months to return.