During your pre-teen years, you may have longed for larger breasts, only perceiving the positives of having a bigger bust. But, the reality for many women is that the weight and size of their chest are not as favourable as they’d once thought.
Dr Doyle’s patients often say they feel their large, heavy breasts make them look over-weight, prevent clothes from fitting properly, cause back, shoulder, and neck pain as well as poor posture. It’s not quite the picture you had in mind in your pre-teens. On top of that, when large breasts prevent you from participating in sports or other physical activities, the effect on your physical fitness and overall quality of life can be significant. This is when breast reduction surgery may be the ideal solution for you.
Am I a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery may be a good solution for you if you wish to achieve the following:
- Reduce the weight and volume of your breasts
- Reshape and reposition the nipple
- Reduce chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
- Improve postural problems
- Decrease the issues of fashion limitations and social discomfort
Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery can help ease your discomfort caused by large breasts and also help to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body.
Breast reduction surgery not only reduces the size of the breasts—it lifts and reshapes sagging breasts. It often improves posture and may relieve back, shoulder and neck pain. If your breasts are different sizes, breast reduction surgery can be used to create symmetry.
Undergoing breast reduction surgery may also help improve your self-image and confidence.
Other benefits of breast reduction surgery include:
- Reduce the overall size and volume of the breasts
- Achieve a more balanced breast and nipple size
- Attain a more uplifted and symmetrical breast and nipple position
- Decrease the weight of the breasts which is associated with back, neck and shoulder pain
- Improve the appearance of sagging and droopy breasts
- Improve the position of the nipples
- Improve overall postural health
Breast reduction can help reduce neck pain and backaches
Very heavy breasts can impact the overall health of the backbone. There are infinite women who have complained about chronic backaches caused because of increased weight carried in the bosom. This can interfere with the everyday functioning of the individual whether at home or in office.
Reduction Mammoplasty can offer lasting relief from these nagging issues.
Breast reduction for lifestyle reasons
Heavy breasts have never been compatible with trying physical activities. This is one of the main reasons why a number of aspiring and professional athletes choose to undergo the surgery to bring the size of their bosom to a manageable proportion. Reduced breast size supports fast-paced training activities, running, jumping rope etc. On top of that, when large breasts prevent you from participating in sports or other physical activities, the effect on your physical fitness and overall quality of life can be significant.
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Breast Reduction Before and Afters
The Breast Reduction procedure
In breast reduction surgery, excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts are removed to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. The areola is usually made smaller to match the smaller overall size of the breasts.
There are no horizontal scars used in this procedure as Dr Mark uses a “lollipop” technique for quicker healing and recovery time with minimal scarring.
“My preferred surgical techniques are a lollipop incision for those patients requiring a breast reduction. I routinely use liposuction in the armpits to remove fatty tissue in patients having a breast reduction. In patients who have had large weight loss or having a very large breast reduction, a lollipop incision with a horizontal scar in the crease may be necessary to achieve the best possible result,” says Dr Mark.
The “lollipop” includes two incisions. One is a circular incision made around the border of the areola to reposition the nipple to a higher anatomical placement. The second incision is a straight vertical cut from the bottom of the areola to the breast fold. After the incisions have been made any excess breast tissue, skin and fat will be removed, then your breasts will be lifted and reshaped. After the surgery is complete stitches may be layered in the breast tissue to support the healing of your newly reshaped breasts.
Cosmetic Breast Reduction
A cosmetic breast reduction is when you decide to change the appearance of your breasts by reducing their size. This is generally not covered by either Medicare or a health fund. However, every health fund is different and it’s always advisable to check with your health fund. Dr Doyle’s surgical technique means this procedure is performed with minimal scarring, and you shouldn’t need to spend more than a night in the hospital.
Recovery from breast reduction surgery
Five things you can expect after surgery include:
- Slight bruising and swelling
- Drainage tube in the wound to help prevent any fluid build-up
- Possibly some numbness
- Discomfort and pain
- Immediate visible results
Many women prefer a day stay in the hospital but can opt for overnight. When you wake from surgery you will have prineo tape (clear, waterproof skin closure system) over the suture line. The tape will remain for 3 weeks whilst the outer dressing may be removed before your first shower the day after surgery.
Expect your breast to be swollen and bruised for 6 – 8 weeks after the initial surgery. It is required that your postoperative garment is worn for the first 6 weeks after surgery for 23 hours a day.
For the first 2 to 3 weeks you should take it easy, no strenuous exercise or activity. After this time you should be okay to return to work—however, we recommend you wait another 3 weeks before you exercise.
Most women can return to work within 2 to 3 weeks but should avoid strenuous activities and exercise for 6 weeks.
Which doctors do reduction surgery?
Dr Doyle at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery will always recommend you seek the advice of a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. A specialist plastic surgeon is a specialist with all the necessary qualifications to help you receive the best results with plastic or cosmetic surgery.
How much does breast reduction cost?
As every patient has different requirements, the cost of breast reduction surgery will differ too. Some of the elements that are included in the final cost include the hospital and anaesthetist fees. If deemed medically necessary, breast reduction will attract a Medicare rebate.
To receive a more accurate estimate of what you can expect to spend on breast reduction, schedule a consultation with Dr Doyle.
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Does Medicare and Health Insurance cover breast reduction?
If your breast reduction is deemed medically necessary, rather than cosmetic, you may get a Medicare and/or health insurance rebate. Medical reasons for this procedure include:
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Migraine headaches
- Skin irritations
- Back pain/backaches
- Shortness of breath
- Numbness in the hands and fingers
If it is considered medically necessary, Medicare may cover the cost of your surgery. How much Medicare covers will depend on the nature of the reduction surgery you require.
To find out if your procedure falls under the category of medically necessary you will need to contact Medicare. You will also need to provide details to your health fund to see if they will cover you—and if they do, to what extent they will cover you.
Breast reduction surgery for patients on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern Rivers NSW
Surgery is a very personal thing, and should not be undertaken lightly. If you are considering breast surgery it is important you have realistic expectations and understand all possible risks and complications that may arise from surgery.
If you are looking for a trusted specialist to perform your surgery, you should visit Gold Coast Plastic Surgery for a consultation today.
To learn more about this procedure, or to book a consultation, please contact our practice today.