A breast reduction can be a life-changing procedure. From making you feel more confident to eliminating aches and pains, there are countless reasons to get a breast reduction.
After years of neck and shoulder pain, skin rashes, painful bras, and feeling self-conscious, many breast reduction patients say that they only regret not having had the procedure done sooner. In fact, of all cosmetic surgeries, breast reduction has the highest reported rate of patient satisfaction.
If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, you have come to the right place. Based in Sydney, Dr Turner is dedicated to turning your dreams into a reality. Whether you are looking for a major transformation or a subtle change, he can help you. Here’s everything that you need to know about getting a breast reduction.
Benefits of a Breast Reduction
Breast reductions have countless benefits for women. Here are a few of the perks:
- Improved breast shape and symmetry
- Reduction in back and neck pain
- Elevated nipples and a reshaped areola
- Eliminate shoulder grooving
- Less skin irritation, chafing and rashes in the breast folds
- Exercising becomes easier
- Clothes fit better and bras are suddenly pain-free
- Improved posture and self-confidence levels
Countless women say that their breast reduction is the best thing that they have ever done for themselves. Beyond just eliminating pain and looking beautiful, a breast reduction can open up a whole new world of possibility. After feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable for their entire lives, many women suddenly feel like a new person after getting a breast reduction. They can exercise with ease and take part in sports. They can get a whole new wardrobe. Even going to the beach is as stress-free as, well, a day at the beach!
What a Breast Reduction Is
Also called reduction mammoplasty, this is one of the most common plastic surgeries in the world. Breast reductions are done for both cosmetic and practical reasons. Large, heavy breasts can be transformed into a smaller and more youthful shape with improved symmetry. While we often focus on the reduction of size, the enhancement of shape is another incredibly important aspect of getting a breast reduction. The procedure can reverse sagging and create perky breasts. A breast reduction can also reduce the size of nipples and areola areas.
When you visit our Sydney clinic for a breast reduction consultation, Dr Turner will examine your breasts and talk about your unique desires and concerns. This is definitely not a one-size-fits-all procedure that simply makes your breasts smaller. The goal of the procedure is to develop the ideal shape, size, and curvature for your body. To achieve your aspirations, Dr Turner will create a tailor-made plan based on your input.
During your breast reduction operation, a small incision will be made around the areola that extends into the breast fold. There are different techniques that suit different women. When you come to our Sydney clinic, Dr Turner will talk to you about both the anchor or short scar technique. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of techniques. The doctors will review each option and make a recommend for the techniques that will best achieve your goals.
One benefit of the short scar technique is that there is a smaller incision and the procedure is faster. The advantage of the conventional anchor scar techniques is that it allows for extra skin to eliminate while creating a stable point at for the new breast to be situated on your chest.
Dr Turner is an expert in breast reduction surgery and will take every aspect into consideration. He will then create a strategy and treatment plan for your breast reduction that addresses excess breast tissue and reshapes your breasts into a natural-looking perky breasts that are proportionate to your frame.
Ideal Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery
The first step to establishing if you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery is to visit our Sydney clinic for a chat with Dr Turner. He will assess your health profile to look for key factors. The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are non-smokers who close to their ideal weight, and in good health. If you smoke, now is the time to quit. Due to safety concerns, Dr Turner does not perform breast reduction surgery on smokers.
If you are a smoker who wants to have a breast reduction operation, you’ll need to quit smoking at least six weeks prior to the procedure. Of course, it is highly recommended that you stop smoking forever but, at minimum, you absolutely must commit to quitting for the six weeks before and after surgery (for a total of 12 weeks). This means being total nicotine free, with no patches, gum, or vaping.
The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are those women who have large or asymmetrical breasts that interfere with routine activities, make them feel self-conscious, disrupt sleep, cause physical pain.
What to Except from Breast Reduction Surgery?
Significant advances in breast reduction techniques have been made over the past few years and it’s now safer and more reliable than ever. When you come for a breast reduction surgery, you will visit a fully accredited Sydney hospital and be placed under general anaesthesia with the assistance of a qualified anaesthetist.
A breast reduction operation takes around three hours to perform. Most women spend one night in the hospital while there are occasionally patients who are discharged the same day. The exact technique used in your breast reduction will depend on your body and your desires. The incisions types will be established during your initial consultation at our Sydney office and will be based on your unique needs and desires.
Once the incision is made, sutures are placed deep within your breast tissue to support the new shape of your breast and the excess tissue will be removed. After the excess fat and breast tissue are removed, the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position to reshape the breast. In addition to reducing the size of your breast, Dr Turner will typically perform liposuction on the sides of chest to create a smooth look. The exact amount of time that you spend in surgery will depend on how dramatic of a change you are making.
Types of Breast Reduction Incisions
The incision type used during your breast reduction depends on the following:
- How much skin needs to be removed
- How much breast tissue needs to be removed
- How much the nipple needs to be lifted
Periareolar – Benelli Incision
This type of incision involves two circular lines made around the areola, with one larger than the other. All of the skin and breast tissue can be removed in this space. This method of breast results leaves one scar around the areola, which is easily camouflaged. The drawback to this method is that it doesn’t allow for a significant lift of your breast.
Short Scar – Vertical (Lollipop) Incision
The short scar, also known as the Lollipop Scar, is Dr Turner’s preferred technique as it results in minimal scarring. An incision is placed around the areola complex with an incision placed vertically down to the breast crease. This is an ideal option for patients looking for a mild to moderate change.
One great thing about this incision type is that it has a lower risk of abnormal sensation to the nipple as well as a reduced risk of blood supply problems to the nipple and a lower risk of blood loss during surgery.
Inverted T – Anchor Incision
The anchor method is Dr Turner’s preferred method of doing a breast reduction on large breast. This type of breast reduction uses an inverted-T incision, which begins with an incision around the areola complex, extends vertically down the breast and along the inframammary crease.
Using pencil-thin incisions that follow the curvature of the breasts, Dr Turner is able to conceal the scars into the breast folds and areola. While there will always be a small line, the scar tissue will reduce over time.
Breast Gland Resection
After a breast reduction, the remaining tissue in your breasts that maintains the blood supply as well as the nerve supply to your nipples is called the pedicle. When you visit our Sydney clinic for a consultation, Dr Turner will discuss every option with you and work with you to create a treatment plan that will give you your dream results. The most commonly pedicle designs are inferior pedicle, superior pedicle, and medial pedicle.
The most widely used technique in breast reduction, the inferior pedicle is a versatile and safe method that is effective in maintaining nipple sensation and the ability to breast-feed. This method is often used in conjunction with the T shape incision to create a significant reduction in size.
An ideal option for women who need a minor reduction, the superior pedicle will lift your breasts and reduce the size with minimal scarring.
Used with both short scar and anchor incisions, this is a versatile method that creates fullness and enhances cleavage while reducing the overall size of your breasts.
Creating a natural look is all about finding the perfect shape for you body and creating ideal nipple placement. Dr Turner will identity the most natural location for the nipple to create a perky and youthful look that is symmetrical and round. Because of the natural colour and texture of your nipples, there is almost no visible scar once fully healed.
Asymmetrical Breast Reduction
Asymmetrical breasts are an incredibly common problem for many women. While all women have breasts that are slightly different from each other, some women have a more dramatic difference. If you are bothered by a lack of symmetry, Dr Turner can address this during a breast reduction to create a more symmetrical look.
Liposuction and Breast Reduction Surgery
Liposuction can be incorporated in a breast reduction in a couple of different ways. You can opt to have a liposuction-only breast reduction, which leaves no scars on your breasts. However this does not address excess skin or nipple placement so unfortunately has a very limited role in breast reduction.
Liposuction is often used to accompany other types of breast reductions to contour the area around your breasts and your back. It is very common that women with very large breasts have fat deposits around their breasts. A liposuction will remove this excess fat to create a balanced, sleek look.
Breast Reduction Consultation
Scheduling a consultation with the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery is the first step in transforming your body. We understand that this is a big step for many women, especially those who have never undergone a cosmetic procedure. To ensure that you are comfortable and confident every step of the way, we lay out of detailed map of exactly what to expect at a consultation in our Sydney clinic.
When you come for a consultation, Dr Turner and his staff will:
- Explain the breast reduction procedure to you
- Clearly discuss the potential risks of the procedure
- Provide an in-depth overview of how the surgery is performed
- Explain what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
- Provide a detailed cost breakdown and payment information
- Give you a chance to ask any questions that you have about the process
During your first visit to the Sydney office, Dr Turner will ask you about your breast health history as well as your family history to determine your suitability for breast surgery. He will also give you a breast exam to look for any potential abnormalities.
When Dr Turner feels confident that you are good candidate for the procedure, he will have an in-depth conversation with you about breast reduction. He will discuss your breast reduction operation, your expectations, and your concerns. The doctor will assess the quality of your breast skin, breast volume, and your weight and height. He will take routine pre-op photographs so that before and after photos are available for you and your medical records.
It’s key to remember that a consultation is not a commitment. Visiting the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery is an opportunity to learn about your options. After your conversation with Dr Turner, you can take your time to consider the options before deciding on a procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect before breast reduction surgery?
Once you have decided to have a breast reduction surgery, Dr Turner and his staff will guide you in through the process step-by-step. You’ll be given instructions so that you know exactly what to except. In your pre-op evaluation, you may be required to have a mammogram and your medical history will be reviewed. Like other types of surgery, a chest x-ray and blood tests will be used to assess your general health. Two weeks before your surgery, you will need to stop taking any medication with aspirin and herbal supplements.
What is a breast examination like after breast reduction surgery?
Three months after your breast surgery, you should go back to your normal breast examination schedule. Not feeling confident on your routine? Here is a review on how to give yourself a breast exam.
- Look in the mirror with your arms raised then lower your hands and place them on your hips. Turn from side to side, checking for dimples, lumps, and discharge from the nipple.
- Mentally divide your breast into several sections and use the same pattern for every examination.
- Using the soft pads of your middle fingers, feel your breasts in a circular motion.
- Feel for lumps while lying down or standing up, using three degrees of pressure: light, medium, and then firm. As you examine, be sure you don’t lift your fingers from the breast. Lotion makes breast examinations lying down easy and soapy water helps when you’re showering.
Note: The best time for your breast self-examination is one week after your menstrual cycle begins.
Professional Breast Examinations
In addition to your monthly breast self-examinations, you should have a professional breast examination by a surgeon or family practitioner on a yearly basis. Inform your doctor that you have had a breast reduction. If you are in the habit of having regular mammograms, it is a good idea to have a repeat examination about nine months after your operation. Surgery will change the radiological architecture of your breasts. A mammogram taken after breast reduction surgery will serve as a useful comparison for future radiological investigations.
Will I be able to breastfeed?
Generally speaking, breastfeeding won’t be a problem. If for some reason the type of breast reduction that you need could impact your ability to breastfeed, Dr Turner will discuss this potential risk with you.
How long will I need to stay in hospital?
The majority of women spend one night in the hospital after a breast reduction. If you are having a small reduction, there is a chance that you’ll go home the same day. Of course, it’s important not to rush anything so you will be under Dr Turner’s care until he is confident that you are healing well and ready to go home.
Will I have scars after my breast reduction?
Immediately after your breast reduction, the scars will be obvious. Over time, they will flatten and soften until they fade into the surrounding skin. How well the scars heal depends on many factors. Dr Turner will review your medical history, talk to you about the likelihood of scars for your particular type of operation, and advise you on scar treatment techniques that will help you heal quickly.
Could my nipples lose sensitivity after the surgery?
Most women have nipple sensation immediately after their procedure. Some women, however, may lose sensitivity for up to six months. Conversely, some women have extra sensitivity. To deal with this, extra padding can be added to your bra during the healing phase.
Ultimately, each woman’s case is different and will depend on the level of the breast reduction. If you have extremely large breasts, there is an increased chance of having your nipples impacted. When you go for a consultation at the Sydney clinic, Dr Turner will give you an in-depth view of the risks in your particular situation.
When can I return to work after a breast reduction?
Assuming your work involves no manual labour, you can expect to return within about one week of surgery. If your job is more physical, you may need to plan for two weeks off. Dr Turner will discuss the specifics of your job, monitor your healing, and give you the OK when it’s time.
When can I drive after a breast reduction?
Since you’ll be taking pain relief medication following your breast reduction, you’ll need to spend some time away from the wheel. Most woman drive within a week or so of their procedure.
When can I exercise again after a breast reduction?
You can go back to light exercising without any heavy lifting after two weeks. Following a six-week recovery period, you can go back to your normal exercise routine.
How does my weight impact breast reduction surgery?
To ensure the best outcome, it’s important to be near your ideal body weight. While it’s possible to be slightly above a healthy weight, a body mass index (BMI) over 35 makes the operation risky. Dr Turner will consider these factors during your initial visit and discuss any possible side effects related to your weight
Is there an ideal age or age limit for breast reduction surgery?
Women should wait until they are at least 18 years old and have a stable breast size. While procedures can be done on teenagers in rare cases, it is not the norm.
Seniors can be good candidates for a breast reduction as well. If you are in good health and the benefits of the operation outweigh the possible risks, it can be a good option.
The only way to know your eligibility is to visit our Sydney clinic for a consultation. Women of all ages can transfer their lives with the right care.
Will my health insurance cover the cost of a breast reduction?
If a breast reduction is done for health reasons, you may have some of your costs covered. Generally speaking, if you have very large breasts that get in the way of daily life, there is a good chance that some fees will be covered. Dr Turner will review your unique case and make a recommendation on potential coverage.
What are the risks of a breast reduction?
Like any operation, there are inherent risks involved in a breast reduction procedure. While complications are rare, it’s essential that you know exactly what risks are involved. The following is a list of potential issues that can be faced after a breast reduction procedure:
- Partial or total loss of the nipple and/ or areola
- Wound breakdown and delayed healing
- Bleeding or haematoma
- Scarring including keloid scars
- Inability to breastfeed
- Lumpiness of breast tissue
- Breast asymmetry
- Interference with breast imaging
- Need for revision surgery to correct or improve outcome