Breast Reduction Melbourne
About The Procedure
Breast reduction surgery can afford women amazing freedom in terms of living their daily life without debilitating pain, being more confident to socialise and often even sleeping better. But it is not the answer for everyone, and careful patient selection and candid discussion with a breast reduction Melbourne surgeon of what can be achieved is vital in delivering results.
Factors including weight stability, family planning and breastfeeding need to be considered, as well as the risk of breast cancer and screening mammography. As such, it is essential that every patient is treated individually and that frank discussion between surgeon and patient is facilitated.
There are numerous surgical techniques, however, in principle, they can be divided into two groups:
Dealing with the skin, which is what produces the scar.
Preserving the sensation and circulation to the nipple and areola or creating a pedicle.
Generally, excess skin is removed to leave a vertical scar that is extended to encircle both the nipple and areola. This may be extended into an anchor shape with a further horizontal scar in the fold beneath the breast. The sensation of and circulation to the nipple and areola are preserved by maintaining a “pedicle” of tissue attached beneath the nipple. Inferior and superior-medial pedicles are the most common methods used and this tissue forms a large part of the final breast volume.
The best technique to choose will vary among patients and depends significantly on the shape and size of the breast. The final breast size is intended to be proportional to your overall body shape rather than a specific cup size. The merits of this will be discussed with you prior to your surgery along with the planned surgical technique.
Procedure & Recovery
The procedure lasts for around 3 hours, depending on the size and shape of the breast. It is performed under general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital facility where most patients will stay for 2-3 days for care of drain tubes and pain relief requirements. Whilst the operation is significant, the subsequent pain is surprisingly minimal.
Recovery is arbitrarily said to be around 6 weeks, during which time you will need to wear a post-surgical bra to help reduce swelling. This allows adequate time for the wounds to heal and any swelling and bruising to subside. You will be able to get all wounds wet after 48 hours. It is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise for this 6 week period as well, however, walking is encouraged.
As with any surgery, there are always risks of complications with breast reduction Melbourne patients should be aware of. These include bleeding, infection, wound healing issues, seroma (fluid collections) and asymmetries. There is also a small risk of a change in nipple sensation or even loss of the nipple entirely. General anaesthesia itself also carries a risk.
There is also a risk of clots in the legs (DVT) and subsequently pulmonary emboli (PE). While these are rare, they are potentially life-threatening. As such, routine precautions are used for prevention, including careful positioning, calf compressors and anticoagulant medication. You will be encouraged to walk early on in your recovery while in the hospital.
Further Information on Breast Reduction Melbourne
In deciding to have a breast reduction, patients are encouraged to see a qualified specialist plastic surgeon such as Canvas Plastic Surgery to discuss options and suitability. We look forward to meeting you to do this and to answer any questions that you may have.