Breast Reduction Perth
Overly large breasts can lead to posture issues, skin infections and frequent back and neck pain. General discomfort from oversized breasts can interfere with everyday life, sometimes preventing women from exercising, wearing clothing comfortably and feeling confident about their physical appearance.
Here at Rodin Clinic in Perth, we offer patients who want to achieve a smaller chest area for physical relief, the option to undergo breast reduction surgery with experienced breast surgeon Dr Cooper.
Common reasons to undergo breast reduction surgery
Breast reduction is usually performed for physical relief from breast hypertrophy such as neck or shoulder pain, rather than simply cosmetic improvement. Most women who have the surgery are troubled by large, sagging breasts that can restrict their activities and cause physical discomfort.
In most cases, breast surgery to reduce breast size will not be performed until a woman’s breasts are fully developed. However, it can be done earlier if large breasts are causing serious physical or psychological discomfort. The best candidates are those who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and those who have realistic expectations about the results.
Generally, candidates who are overweight may be advised to follow a weight loss program before considering the procedure. This is because significant weight loss can cause the breasts to reduce in size. For the best results, it can be ideal to assess the size of the breasts once the candidate is at a healthy and stable weight.
Planning your reduction mammoplasty
During your initial consultation, it is important to discuss your expectations with your breast surgeon. Plastic surgeon Dr Cooper will examine and measure your breasts and may photograph them for reference. He will then discuss the variables that may affect the procedure, such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your skin. He will describe the procedure in detail, explaining the risks and limitations and making sure that you understand the scarring that will result.
Some women are suitable for a liposuction-only reduction, which is less invasive and avoids visible scars. The degree of reduction and lift needed will vary greatly from patient to patient, but the recovery is generally quicker. Your surgeon will discuss your options with you and help you to choose the right procedure.
The breast reduction procedure
Breast reduction is performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes about two hours. The total duration of the surgery will be different for each patient, as it is dependent on the details of the procedure, such as the complexity or the amount of reduction needed.
The incision type that will be most suitable for your procedure can be discussed during your consultation. The standard skin incision is a wise or anchor pattern, with the nipple placed at the apex of the breast mound. Additionally, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from the armpit area.
The wounds are then closed with dissolvable sutures and drains are used to manage fluid. Patients will then usually be required to recover in the hospital overnight, before returning home for the remainder of the recovery period.
Breast reduction surgery costs at Rodin Clinic
Since the surgery is not a one size fits all solution, costs will vary from patient to patient. Costs can depend on the amount of reduction and lifting needed, anaesthesia fees, hospital fees and any medication needed throughout recovery.
For a quote that closely considers the personal aspects of your procedure, you will need to have a consultation with your breast surgeon to discuss your needs and expectations.
Breast reduction Medicare
If your surgery is performed for medical reasons, such as to address frequent neck and back pain, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate. Usually, this will require a referral from your doctor to prove that the procedure is medically necessary.
For those who are interested in undergoing the procedure for purely aesthetic reasons, Medicare coverage will likely not be available. For more information about Medicare options, visit your GP or contact us for guidance today.
What to expect after the surgery
Although patients are typically able to walk around within a day or two, your breasts may still ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. Most women can return to work and social activities in approximately two weeks. You should avoid lifting or pushing anything heavy for three or four weeks, and should limit your exercises to stretching, walking and/or swimming until your energy levels feel back to normal.
Check-up appointments may be required to monitor your healing progress and assess the development of the final results. Throughout recovery, you may benefit from organising for someone to help with daily tasks, such as household chores, that can sometimes feel more difficult to complete while you are healing. Look out for any signs of infection or issues with sufficient wound healing throughout the recovery period, make sure to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and follow a healthy diet. Any concerning signs should be reported to your surgeon as soon as possible.
Your new look
Although much of the swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks after breast reduction surgery, it may be six months to a year before your breasts settle into their new shape. The scars may remain lumpy and red for some months but will gradually become less obvious, eventually fading to thin white lines.
Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the most dramatic body-image changes. You’ll be rid of the physical discomfort of large breasts, your body may look better proportioned, and bras and clothing can fit you more comfortably.
How to choose the best breast surgeon in Perth
The best type of surgeon to perform a breast reduction mammoplasty is a qualified plastic surgeon with extensive experience. Selecting the right surgeon can help you to feel the most comfortable and supported throughout your journey, as well as increase the chance of achieving the results you want and minimise potential risks.
Dr Cooper is an experienced plastic surgeon, specialising in breast surgery, rhinoplasty and face lifts. Breast surgery is complicated and requires deep knowledge of internal structures, the most efficient and reliable surgical techniques and recovery management.
Potential risks and complications
Breast reduction is not a simple operation. However, any potential risks can be minimised when the procedure is performed by an experienced surgeon. As with any surgery, there is always the possibility of complications. The procedure does leave permanent scars, and the extent of these can depend on the chosen incision pattern and the characteristics of each patient’s skin.
While the procedure can offer significant aesthetic improvements to overly large breasts, there is no guarantee of an exact cup size that can be achieved or perfect symmetry. Future breastfeeding may not be possible since the surgery can interfere with the milk ducts that lead to the nipples. Some patients may experience a permanent loss of sensation in their nipples. Rarely, the nipple and areola may lose their blood supply and part of that tissue may die, a complication that is referred to as skin necrosis. Revision surgery may be necessary to address certain complications such as abnormal scarring, asymmetry or uneven size.
Any surgical procedure can carry anaesthesia risks, risks of infection and delayed wound healing. These risks can be managed by ensuring the procedure is performed on suitable candidates and by putting important recovery steps in place to support sufficient healing.
Breast Reduction Before and After
Breast Reduction FAQs
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is when the breast mound and nipple are raised on the chest wall without reducing the breast volume. This procedure is often requested following having children and breastfeeding or as a result of extreme weight loss. A breast lift can also be performed in conjunction with a breast reduction, to create the ideal shape and move the nipples to the right position. To find out more about breast lifts, click here.
Following your surgery, you can be prescribed some pain medication to make your recovery more comfortable. The medication may be an analgesic, anti-inflammatory or a combination. The prescription will be provided to you by your anaesthetist.
The results from this type of breast procedure should be permanent. However, no procedure can prevent potential factors like ageing or weight changes from changing the shape or size of the breasts later in life.
A consultation will help you to feel prepared for your breast surgery, providing you with everything you need to know about the procedure, what to expect on the day and how to look after yourself during recovery. Usually, before a surgical procedure, you may be instructed to quit smoking and stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinning medications.
Generally, it is recommended that patients be at least 18 years of age before undergoing breast surgery to reduce the size of the breasts. While the breasts continue to develop and change over time, they generally may not be developed enough for surgery under the age of 18. However, younger patients have undergone a breast reduction before and can be considered if the breasts are causing significant concerns. Ultimately, every candidate’s suitability for the procedure will be assessed during a consultation.
Unfortunately, scarring can be expected after the surgery, but it can be minimised by avoiding exposure to sunlight, keeping the wound clean to avoid infection and promote sufficient healing, and using a scar treatment cream.
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