What you should know before getting a breast reduction

Electing to undergo a breast reduction is a big decision, and so you should consider all factors before undergoing the procedure. 

Large breasts can potentially cause some women physical discomfort. This discomfort includes back, neck and shoulder pain, skin irritation beneath the breast crease. The weight of excess breast tissue can also inhibit a woman’s ability to lead an active life or take part in physical activity. 

What does a breast reduction do? 

Breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure which aims to give you breasts which have a size and shape proportionate to the rest of your body. This is done by removing excess breast tissue in addition to excess fat and skin. 

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

The breast reduction surgery process is performed under general anaesthesia and includes several steps. The first involves making an incision around the nipple, continuing with a vertical line to the breast crease and usually also within the crease beneath the breast. The nipple usually remains attached to its blood supply and nerve supply at all times as well as carrying the ducts responsible for taking milk from the glands to the nipple during breastfeeding

On occasion, liposuction may be also used to assist with removing excess fat. After this, abdsorbable, hidden stitches are inserted to support the internal gland and then to close the skin incisions.

What risks are there?

The risks of breast reduction surgery are discussed in detail during your consultation before your plastic surgery procedure, and a written list of the main things to consider will be provided to you before your consultation through our patient TouchMD portal. There may also be other risk factors which are not mentioned here, though these will usually be discussed during your consultation. 

Changes in nipple and breast sensation may occur. Although this is normally only a temporary occurrence, it can be permanent in rare cases. There will be some scars as a result of the incision lines, though these fade over time. They will be permanently visible, but are easily concealed.

The post-operative results can be affected by other factors, including pregnancy, gravity, the effects of ageing and weight fluctuations.

Breast reduction recovery

Every breast reduction patient is unique, and their recovery is determined by various circumstances. Generally, recovering fully from breast reduction surgery takes between 8 and 12 weeks.

To find out more about the recovery process from a breast reduction, please click here.

Breast reduction in Perth

With all this in consideration, it is imperative to have the procedure performed by a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon, who has received the appropriate training in performing breast reduction procedures. All surgical procedures carry risks, and so it is imperative to have them performed by a highly qualified surgeon. 

Plastic surgeon in Perth

If you are looking for a surgeon who takes all your wants and needs into consideration, look no further than Dr Mark Hanikeri. He is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has 15 years of experience performing plastic surgery procedures such as breast reductions in Perth, Western Australia. 

If you’d like to find out more about our range of face, body and breast procedures, be sure to click here.

If you want to book a consultation with Dr Hanikeri, please contact us here or call (08) 9380 0311.