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. Women generally look fitter and feel more confident and attractive following their breast reduction.
Generally, ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery should have a strong desire to undergo breast reduction surgery to alleviate discomfort caused by large breasts.
Breast reduction surgery is an option if you:
Patients should also be knowledgeable about the surgical options available to them and have realistic expectations. Women should wait to undergo breast reduction surgery until after they have reached maturity; they may also want to wait until after having children because of the risk of losing breastfeeding ability.
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 patient.
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 particular interest in breast surgery and is an 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.
The operation is administered under a general anaesthetic, and an overnight stay in hospital is often required as suction drains will usually be required for 24-hours.
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. 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.
Women who have heavy, large breasts often experience physical pain from the heaviness in their breasts as well as social anxiety because of unwanted attention to the size of their breasts. Instead of living with these emotional and physical symptoms, several women look to breast reduction surgery as a solution. Breast reduction benefits both the appearance and health of women with excessively large breasts by alleviating chronic back and neck pain and making adjustments to the breasts to form smaller and more proportionate contours.
A breast reduction is considered permanent, even though the fat cells that remain will grow if you gain weight. If you take hormonal supplements, there’s a possibility of gaining small amounts of breast tissue back. Synthetic or natural hormones can also cause breast tissue to swell up. In the event of pregnancy, the tissues will take on fluid.
It can take around one week and a half for most of the swelling to dissipate. Some patients experience more bruising than others. You should take your prescribed pain medication to relieve any breast reduction discomfort or pain.
You should start to notice the difference in breast volume right away. If the breast reduction was done because of back pain associated with excessively large breasts, pain relief is often immediate. As soon as the swelling subsides, you will start to see a difference in the appearance of your breasts.