Large breasts are heavy, and can affect posture and cause back and neck pain. They may also be responsible for limiting sporting and recreational activities undertaken and clothing choices.
A breast reduction provides an opportunity for increased comfort, enhanced appearance and improved quality of life.
Breast Reduction: What does the operation involve?
It is usually possible to reduce the breast size up to the equivalent of two or three bra cup sizes although the amount required will be different for each individual.
The operation involves the removal of fat and breast tissue using a combination of liposuction and direct excision. The nipple is left in continuity with the underlying breast while a new higher position for the nipple is created in the skin envelope.
There are a number of different patterns or techniques that may be used for the breast reduction operation. Dr. Quinn has a specific interest in breast surgery and is expert in all techniques ranging from the traditional “inverted T” scar technique, to a “periareolar” technique where scars are limited to solely around the nipple. Breast reduction techniques can also be used to correct breast asymmetry, including that secondary to previous surgery.
Breast Reduction: Is a hospital stay necessary?
The operation is performed under a general anesthetic and an overnight stay in hospital is often required as suction drains will usually be necessary for 24-hours. However, surgery in a Day Procedure Centre is available in certain circumstances if preferred.
Breast Reduction: Recovery
A support bra, available from Dr Quinn’s rooms, should be worn day and night for the first six weeks and any activities involving exertion should be avoided. A return to driving and other quiet activities is usually possible after a week or two and any discomfort can usually be managed with pain-reducing medication.
For more detailed information about breast reduction and the support we provide to help you make the right decision, or to book a consultation, please contact us on (08) 9388 8886.