Breast Reduction: Your Questions Answered

Desired results: Women who undergo breast reduction surgery want to alleviate heavy, pendulous breasts for a more balanced breast shape and areola position. This procedure is also performed to improve comfort, posture and mobility.
Patients visit us from: Our patients travel from all over Australia, although we see majority of patients from the BellaVista, Westmead, Lower and Upper North Shore regions.

What is a breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin in order to achieve a breast size more in proportion with your body. Generally, women elect to have this surgery to alleviate overly large breast, which may cause physical ailments. This is also performed in the interest of a woman’s emotional and physical health.

Things to consider before breast reduction surgery

Keep these points in mind when considering a breast reduction procedure:

  • While this procedure can be performed at any age, the most effective surgeries are performed on fully developed breasts.
  • Piercings in the vicinity can cause infection.
  • Changes in the breasts during pregnancy or significant weight gain/loss can alter the outcomes of a previous breast reduction surgery.
  • Ability to breastfeed following breast reduction surgery may be affected. If you’re planning to breastfeed in the future, discuss this with Dr Chaithan Reddy.
  • Complications with the procedure are more common in smokers. We advise patients to quit before undergoing a breast reduction procedure.
  • Consider the cost of the procedure and if you’re eligible for a health fund rebate.

Are you a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?

If you wish to address any of the issues below, a breast reduction surgery could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

  • Overly large, heavy and pendulous breasts
  • Back, neck or shoulder discomfort
  • Asymmetric breasts
  • Your breasts limit your physical activity
  • Skin irritation beneath the breast crease
  • Experience discomfort wearing bras
  • Enlarged areolas caused by stretched skin

How is breast reduction surgery performed

Each breast reduction operation is different and will be customised to your individual’s concerns and desired outcome. Performed under general anaesthetic, this procedure will generally take around 3 hours.

Immediately prior to your surgery, Dr Reddy will mark out the previously discussed incisions, ensuring that symmetry is optimised. Once anaesthesia is administered and you’re asleep, the incisions will be made and the excess breast skin will be elevated and removed to expose your underlying breast gland and fat. Excess breast tissue is then removed, leaving only breast tissue required to maintain nipple viability and the desired breast size and shape. The nipple is then re-positioned higher, to create a more youthful looking breast.

The breast gland itself is also reshaped through precise sutures created in the breast tissue. The procedure is finalised by re-positioning the breast skin over the breast gland and securing it with dissolving sutures. Liposuction may be performed at this point if it was previously discussed. Once complete, dressings and a breast garment will be applied to assist the healing process.

What to expect after breast reduction surgery?

During your hospital stay, Dr Reddy will check up on you and make sure you are comfortable and well prepared for your recovery period. Some breast reduction procedures are outpatient procedures, but it is not uncommon to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days. During your recovery period, you will visit Dr Reddy for a post-operative check-up to ensure everything is going smoothly. All dressings will be removed during this visit.

Please note that all subsequent follow-ups are included in your surgical fee and will continue until Dr Reddy is completely satisfied with your results and recovery.

Self-care post breast reduction surgery

We will instruct you on how to apply medical taping to the incision lines to help the healing process. Advice on scar management will also be provided. We recommend that you wear your provided breast garment for up to 6 weeks.

What is breast reduction surgery downtime?

Discomfort can range from minimal to moderate depending upon the extent of your breast reduction surgery. Most patients can comfortably walk the same day following surgery. Bruising is quite common and will subside in 2 weeks. Generally, allow 2 weeks recovery time before returning to work. Although you may return 1-week post-surgery if your work is relatively sedentary. It is generally advised that you do not drive for the first 2 weeks after surgery. It is important to also avoid any strenuous activities for approximately 4 weeks in order to minimise potential bleeding, bruising and swelling.

If you would like further information on breast reduction surgery or to book a consultation, please contact us.