Breast Reduction in Melbourne
Breast Reduction Surgery - Boob Lift in Melbourne, VIC
What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction surgery (or Mammoplasty), is a procedure that can help relieve the physical discomfort associated with having large breasts. By reducing a significant portion of excess tissue, fat and skin, Breast Reduction improves the size and shape of the breasts for a lifted and more youthful appearance.
The aim of breast reduction is to relieve the weight of large, heavy breasts and improve physical discomfort, skin chaffing, and indentations in the skin. The Breast Reduction procedure affords patients the freedom and comfort to wear the type of clothing they want, exercise and participate in swimming, running and other athletic activities with greater confidence.
What are the Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery?
- Reduce back, neck and shoulder pain
- Relief from chaffing and skin irritations such as intertrigo
- Improve the position, shape and appearance of the breast mound and areola nipple complex
- Reduce breast volume (weight and size)
- Reshape and reposition the breasts and nipples
Breast reduction can help relieve the physical discomfort associated with having large breasts. By reducing a significant portion of excess tissue, fat and skin, breast reduction improves the size and shape of the breasts for a lifted and more youthful appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Breast reduction candidates have oversized, heavy breasts. Often, their nipples are oversized and point toward the floor. If you are unhappy with the size, position or weight of your breasts (they are large, heavy in weight, saggy – or all three) it is likely that the Breast Reduction procedure is suited to you. Most women frequently complain of back/neck/shoulder pain, difficulty breathing, skin indentations from bra straps, poor posture and limited physical activity. Emotionally, women often feel self-conscious or embarrassed by the shape or position of their breasts.
Other points to consider are:
- Clothing, swimsuits, gym gear and well-fitted bras are nearly impossible to find due to the size of your upper body/breast area.
- Your breasts cause physical discomfort, neck or back pain and chronic skin irritations as well as bra strap indentations.
- Breasts aren’t symmetric in size.
- Your breasts cause you self-consciousness or make you look heavier than you really are (they disguise your rib cage and waist due to where they sit).
- As well as being unhappy with the size, position or weight of your breasts, you are concerned about the positioning of your nipples and would like them to sit at a more central location on your chest.
Suitable candidates should be in good health, not smoke and not have any pre-existing medical conditions that could increase the risks of surgery. Potential patients should have adequate skin elasticity, so the skin tightly hugs the breasts after surgery providing an optimal outcome.
What Can I Expect During Surgery?
A breast reduction procedure is carried out under general anaesthesia; the procedure takes approximately two hours and typically all you require is one night in hospital.. The procedure requires an incision to be made on the breast, however the type of incision will be based on your surgeon, and your decisions. Common breast reduction incisions include:
- Anchor Technique – a surgical incision is made under the breasts, up the lower pole, and around the nipple
- Le Jour Method – also known as a lollipop incision that is made around the nipple and down the lower pole
- Peri-Areolar – commonly known as the doughnut incision, this incision is made only around the nipple and is less common due to complications with nipple sensation and nipple functions
Medications and General Anaesthesia are administered by an ANZCA recognised Specialist Anaesthetist for your safety and well-being during your surgical procedure.
The Surgical Approach
Medications and General Anaesthesia are there for your comfort during your breast reduction procedure. After the incisions are made, excess breast tissue, skin and fat will be removed, and your breasts will be lifted and shaped. Liposuction is sometimes used to reduce chest area skin folds and assist in creating a pleasing shape.
Your nipples remain attached but are repositioned. The areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter, if necessary. In some cases, for extremely large breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a high position on the breast.
Closing the Incision
The incisions are then brought together to reshape your reduced, smaller breasts. Dissolvable sutures may be layered within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. They are also used to close the skin.
Sometimes drainage tubes are inserted to remove fluid or blood post-operatively, these are removed once any oozing has stopped. This relatively painless procedure usually takes place on the first day after your Breast Reduction. New dressings are then applied and you are sent home. (Some methods may not require drainage tubes – Dr Briggs will advise you accordingly).
After the Surgery
The final results may be obscured by swelling. However, swelling will begin to minimise within the first two weeks and will continue to improve throughout recovery. Dr Briggs uses Healite LED treatments to assist with healing and minimisation of surgical scars. Be sure to follow Dr Briggs’ instructions after surgery to minimise your scars.
Risks and Complications
Like any invasive surgery Breast Reduction/Mammoplasty incurs risks and complications. It is sensible to choose a highly trained and experienced specialist plastic surgeon with extensive training to reduce your surgery risks.
Dr Briggs will discuss all potential complications during a consultation including:
- Changes to nipple sensation including loss of feeling/sensation changes to the breasts
- Skin or wound infection
- Unfavourable scarring
- Blood clots
- Poor wound healing
- Potential disruption of nipple functions that may impede breastfeeding
- Breast asymmetry or uneven nipples
- Scars or skin markings, dimples or inverted nipples
- Breast contour and shape irregularities
- Other risks of surgery in general such as having general anaesthesia, bleeding and deep vein thrombosis.
Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery
The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and other health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person.
Soreness, swelling and bruising are common (and temporary) side effects after surgery. They should disappear within a few days. The general rule, however, is that you should allow 10-14 days for initial recovery following your Breast Reduction surgery. Scar maturation often takes longer, up to a year or more. You will be required to wear a firmly-fitted support garment after surgery for the period of time a surgeon advises.
Gentle walking is typically able to be resumed in a few days after surgery and is encouraged. Dr Briggs will advise you, depending on which type of exercise you’re wanting to perform. Running, high impact or strenuous exercises need to be avoided until the time Dr Briggs advises it is ok.
Longer periods are often required before resuming certain lifting or exercising activities – ask your Surgeon how long before you can start exercising,
Light office duties or other tasks may be resumed in about 2 weeks for most patients, however this can this can vary. No lifting such as lifting children or grandchildren, and other heavy lifting or strenuous activities for several weeks to a few months. Breast reduction patients must limit physical activity as they recover from surgery, and avoid bending, lifting heavy objects and exercising. Patients can gradually incorporate more activity in the weeks following.
Dr Briggs will examine your breasts periodically during the recovery period to determine how the scars are healing, answer questions and advise when it is safe to return to work, socialising and exercising.
Cost - How Much is a Breast Reduction
All surgery is customised and your surgeon will give you a price for surgery at the time of consultation. Estimates are dependent on the type of procedure you are having, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay.
Your estimate will include the surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees. As a private plastic surgeon Dr Briggs does not offer no gap fees for Breast Reduction procedures.
For some patients a package price for breast procedures may apply, you can find more information on this on our surgery packages page
We also provide information on Medicare Cover for Breast Reduction, Private Health Insurance and different methods of payment.
Why Choose Dr Patrick Briggs?
With a wealth of experience and training, Dr Patrick Briggs is dedicated to best practice patient care and education, customising Breast Enlargement Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.
Dr Patrick Briggs fully qualified with current ASPS and ASAPS memberships. Also, when choosing a Plastic Surgeon word of mouth is always a great way to gain further knowledge.
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation and Lift and also Removal and Replacement of Implants.
About Dr Patrick Briggs FRCS (Plast) - Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. With world-wide expertise Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.
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