Breast reduction surgery at NorthEast Plastic Surgery’s Melbourne practice can address:
• Excess breast size and width in relation to body proportions
• Sagging and loss of fullness in the upper part of the breast
• Descent of the nipple areolar complex
Breast reduction surgery (also known as reduction mammoplasty) is performed for patients who complain of physical pain, discomfort, health issues such as infections or emotional and self-image issues caused by large breasts.
During the procedure, the surgeon aims to correct breast size and volume. A mastopexy (breast lift) surgery is often performed to optimise breast shape, projection and position of the nipples whilst maintaining breast volume.
Patients considering breast reduction surgery need to be aware of the significant adjustment to change in appearance as well of the reality of the post-operative recovery process and potential risks involved.
At the consultation, the surgeon will discuss with you your expectations and identify potential limitations to success of the procedure. Individual circumstances which can affect the outcome of the surgery include;
• skin quality
• breast anatomy
• scarring from previous surgery
Two or more consultations are often required prior to breast reduction surgery to ensure you understand:
• period of recovery
• downtime required
• the procedure
• likely results
Patients who seek breast reduction surgery have typically experienced:
• neck and shoulder pain,
• skin infections under their breasts
• limitations in clothing choice
The procedure is performed by making access incisions around the nipple areolar complexes and an incision extending vertically underneath. Occasionally a short transverse scar in the crease below the breast is also required. The most appropriate of these surgical access incisions will be discussed during your consultation.
The operation is performed under general anaesthetic with a specialist Anaesthetist and in an accredited hospital. Patients are treated in hospital as a day surgery where appropriate or for one to two nights for antibiotic therapy and pain management.
Internal wounds are repaired with dissolving stitches and water proof dressings applied which are suitable for patients to shower. A compressive garment or “boob tube” is provided and thereafter a post surgical brassiere will be provided to be worn for approximately six weeks after surgery.
Our doctors will explain the details of your surgery and all of the information about the procedure you have selected.
You will also have an opportunity to review before and after photographs of their patients’ results in their areas of expertise.
Your Surgeon will provide general information on treatments, hospital costs and incidental fees. Pre and post-operative information and a written quote will be provided to you in your consultation.