Breast reduction, also known as a reduction mammaplasty, reduces excess breast size, volume and weight along with lifting your breasts. There are many issues that come from having oversized breasts including:
- Physical pain – large breasts can be the cause of neck, back or shoulder pain
- Fat necrosis – the depressions commonly seen in your shoulders from bra strap pressure
- Bad posture
- Skin irritation (from rubbing)
- Skin infection under the breasts
- Trouble finding clothes/bras to fit, such as cutting into your shoulders or skin and leaving an indentation
- Social awkwardness
- Intimacy issues
- Fear to partake in sports or social activities
- Hurtful comments from others, sexual innuendos, etc.
The procedure involves removing the fat, skin and glandular tissue of the breast. Your nipples and areolas may also need repositioning depending on the position of the new breasts. On occasion it may also require liposuction of the breast, however your surgeon will discuss this along with the best plan of action for you at your consultation.
A breast reduction is often combined with a breast lift, as larger breasts will often be associated with sagging and drooping and require some lift after they have been reduced.
A general anaesthetic is used when having a Breast Reduction, which usually takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. Recovery varies with each individual and can take anywhere from a few weeks, up to even 6-12 weeks. It’s recommended that high intensity activity is avoided during this period.
As with any breast surgery it’s always advisable to note that there could be a loss of nipple sensation. There is also be a possibility that you may have a reduced capacity to breastfeed.
Dr Lyon will happily discuss breast reduction with you irrespective of the stage of life you are at. He doesn’t believe it should only be left until after you have children, there are many women who experience chronic back or shoulder pain, and they spend a lot of life being impacted negatively by having bigger breasts. Remember, you don’t not need to wait!
If you are planning a breast reduction before starting a family, discuss this with your surgeon, to minimise risk.
Most patients experience a dramatic improvement in symptoms immediately after reduction. They not only feel better physically but are able to wear many new clothing styles for the first time and can often participate in many activities and sports that were off limits prior to reduction.