Changes in our bodies including breasts occur throughout our lives, and can be influenced by a variety of factors, from genetics to hormonal changes. Some women naturally have larger breasts. This may cause discomfort and back or neck pain. In these situations, Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction) might be an option to consider. This procedure is focused on adjusting the size of your breasts according to your personal objectives and medical recommendations.
We offer Reduction Mammoplasty procedures at our Sydney clinic, led by specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Tim. These procedures can assist you if you experience physical discomfort or seek to reduce your breast size.
The decision to undergo Reduction Mammoplasty is entirely personal and should not be viewed as a societal expectation or norm. This choice is one of the ways people choose to manage changes in their bodies, and it’s crucial to consider all available options, including changes in lifestyle habits, your mindset around your body, as well as non-surgical alternatives.
Our team is committed to providing a professional, respectful, and patient-focused approach to help you make an informed decision that aligns with your personal objectives and overall wellbeing.
Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction) is a surgical procedure that focuses on adjusting the size of your breasts in line with your personal objectives and medical recommendations.
The procedure involves removing excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to achieve a breast size more proportionate to your body frame.
It’s suitable for those who may experience physical discomfort due to larger breasts or seek to adjust their breast size.
The duration of the surgery can vary based on individual circumstances.
Post-surgery recovery time and results may also vary based on the individual and the extent of the surgery.
Please note that these facts are general in nature, and specific details may vary based on individual circumstances. We encourage patients to have a detailed consultation with Dr. Tim to understand the procedure fully.
Dr. Tim and his staff create a welcoming environment where patients can feel comfortable in expressing their concerns and objectives. Dr. Tim utilises his extensive training and experience to ensure his patients the best outcome possible. You can feel confident knowing that your entire breast reduction process, from consultation to recovery, will be paced to match your individual needs.
Dr. Tim utilises the most advanced technology and techniques to provide optimal breast reduction results. Excess fat, breast tissue and skin are removed through ‘inverted-T’ or ‘vertical scar’ incisions, which encircle the areola, descend down the underside of the breast, then underscore the breast in the breast crease. The remaining breast tissue is lifted and remodelled to form breasts that are smaller, firmer, and rounder.
In some cases, Dr. Tim will use the existing incisions to reduce the size of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). The nipple and areola are moved to a higher position on the breast. The incisions are then closed using sutures within the breast tissue for support, and skin adhesives to close the skin.
Results for breast reduction are immediate, and Dr. Tim’s comprehensive pain management program makes the recovery process as easy as possible. Although scarring from the incisions is impossible to avoid altogether, Dr. Tim minimises the appearance of scars through surgical techniques and follow-up care.
Risks of Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction)
Dr. Tim strongly believes in being transparent with his patients regarding the potential risks associated with any surgical procedure. Here are some potential risks associated with reduction mammoplasty:
Bleeding: As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of bleeding during and after breast reduction surgery. Dr. Tim follows best practice protocols to minimise this risk.
Infection: While rare, infections can occur following surgery. Should an infection occur, it’s generally treatable with antibiotics.
Scarring: Reduction mammoplasty will result in some degree of scarring, which is usually around the areola and along the lower portion of the breast. Dr. Tim uses specialised surgical techniques to reduce visible scarring, and most scars will fade over time.
Changes in Breast or Nipple Sensation: You may experience temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation. This can range from increased sensitivity to numbness.
Difficulty or Inability to Breastfeed: Breast reduction surgery can affect your ability to breastfeed. This may be a key consideration if you plan on breastfeeding in the future.
Anaesthesia Risks: Any surgery that involves anaesthesia carries risks such as an adverse reaction to the anaesthesia. Your anaesthetist will discuss these risks with you in detail prior to your procedure.
These potential risks will be thoroughly discussed with you during your consultation with Dr. Tim. His extensive surgical experience and commitment to patient safety help to minimise these risks and strive for an optimal surgical outcome. Remember, patient experiences can vary and it’s important to have a detailed discussion with Dr. Tim regarding your personal situation and potential risks.
Recovery After Reduction Mammoplasty (Breast Reduction)
The recovery process following a reduction mammoplasty can vary among individuals, depending on the extent of the procedure and personal healing abilities. Dr. Tim is committed to ensuring each patient is fully informed and supported during the recovery process. Here is a general outline of what you might expect:
After your procedure, you’ll be taken to a recovery area for close monitoring until you are fully awake from the anaesthesia. Your breasts will be bandaged, and you may have drain tubes in place. You will need someone to drive you home and ideally stay with you for the first 24 hours.
First Few Days
Expect some degree of discomfort, swelling, and bruising, which can be managed effectively with the prescribed medications. Specific post-operative care instructions will be provided by Dr. Tim, including wound care, medications to take, and when to schedule follow-up appointments.
First Few Weeks
You should start feeling better within two to four weeks. During this period, a special support bra or an elastic bandage may be recommended to minimise swelling and support your breasts as they heal. Dr. Tim will provide advice on when you can gradually resume normal activities.
After One Month
Most patients can return to normal activities and gentle exercise after one month. However, strenuous activities, particularly those that may strain the chest, should be avoided until Dr. Tim gives you the go-ahead.
Your breasts will gradually settle into their new shape and position over several months. Scars, while permanent, will fade over time and become less noticeable.
Attending all follow-up appointments with Dr. Tim is crucial, as he will monitor your progress, provide further advice, and answer any questions you may have.
Remember, everyone’s recovery experience is unique, and individual results may vary. Dr. Tim will provide you with personalised guidance throughout your recovery process.
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