Breast Surgery

Breast Reduction Melbourne

Understanding Breast Reduction (reduction mammoplasty)

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure designed to reduce the size and weight of large breasts, it will also lift and tighten the breast. At Niche Plastic Surgery, our goal is to achieve a breast size that alleviates the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction might be right for you if you:

  • Experience physical discomfort such as back, neck, or shoulder pain due to the weight of your breasts.
  • Have skin irritation beneath the breast crease or indentations from bra straps.
  • Feel that your breast size limits your physical activity or affects your lifestyle.

Procedure and Safety

Breast reduction is performed under general anaesthesia in the hospital, ensuring comfort throughout the procedure. The surgery involves the removal of excess breast glandular tissue, and skin. Incisions are made in a manner that minimizes visible scarring, with scars located around the areola and along the natural creases of the breast.

Breast Reduction Expected Outcomes

Post-surgery, patients typically experience:

  • A more proportional silhouette.
  • Relief from discomfort and pain associated with large breasts.
  • Improved ability to engage in physical activities.

Breast Reduction Recovery and Care

Recovery from breast reduction surgery requires careful management to ensure optimal results:

  • You may need to wear a surgical bra or compression garment to support healing.
  • It’s essential to follow all post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon, including guidelines on activity levels and wound care.
  • Regular follow-up appointments are crucial to monitor your healing and respond to any concerns.

Risks and Considerations

While breast reduction has a high rate of patient satisfaction, it’s important to understand the potential risks, which may include:

  • Reaction to anaesthesia
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Changes in breast or nipple sensation
  • Potential challenges with breastfeeding

Costs and Health Insurance for Breast Reduction

The cost of breast reduction surgery varies based on the specifics of the procedure, including the surgeon’s fees, hospital charges, and anaesthesia. Many health insurance plans consider breast reduction surgery reconstructive when performed to alleviate medical symptoms, potentially providing coverage for the procedure.

Preparing for Your Breast Surgery

To prepare for breast reduction surgery:

  • Ensure you have a mammogram within 12 months of surgery.
  • Cease smoking well in advance of the procedure.
  • Avoid taking certain medications and supplements that can affect surgery.
  • Arrange for someone to assist you post-surgery as you recover at home.

Call us to Discuss Your Breast Reduction Options

Scheduling a one-on-one consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon is the best way to find out if breast reduction surgery is right for you. If you need more information or wish to schedule a consultation with one of our FRACS-qualified surgeons, call Niche Plastic Surgery on 9853 9705.

Breast reduction FAQs

How long is the recovery period after breast reduction surgery?

Recovery will vary, but most patients return to work and light activities within 3 to 4 weeks. Full recovery and the resumption of all strenuous activities may take up to 3 months.

Will I have scars after breast reduction surgery?

Yes, scarring is inevitable; however, they are strategically placed to be as inconspicuous as possible and will fade significantly over time.

Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?

The ability to breastfeed after reduction surgery can be impacted, so it’s important to discuss your plans for breastfeeding with your surgeon during your consultation.