Breast Reduction - An Overview
Breast reduction (also known as reduction mammaplasty) is a highly successful plastic surgery procedure performed regularly by Dr Lim. The Breast Reduction Procedure produces pleasing cosmetic results, whilst being a recommended solution to the physical problems that large, heavy breasts can cause women. Women with very large breasts commonly suffer from poor posture, resulting in neck and back pain. This can limit their physical activity levels and may even cause psychological discomfort and embarrassment too. The reduction of your breast size may have a dramatic impact on your physical activity levels.
In addition, severe skin irritation may occur as infections or rashes develop in the folds underneath the breasts or the indentations from bra straps. The breast reduction procedure may be used to match reconstructed breasts following mastectomy. In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr Jake Lim, impressive surgical results in the reduction of your breast size are achieved with resolution to problems virtually overnight. Dr Lim can will talk with you about the benefits you are likely to experience with breast reduction surgery and he will also speak with you about your desired outcome.
Breast reduction surgery involves the removing of excess skin, fatty and breast tissue, restoring the balance between the woman's breast size and her body. Following the removal of the breast tissue, the nipples and areolas are then re-positioned so that they suit the new size and shape of the breasts. The breast reduction surgical procedure can be performed at any age after breast development has completed. However, repositioning of the nipples may result in the inability to breast-feed – this point should be taken into account for women that plan to have children. As weight loss will affect the size and also the shape of the breasts, you would also be advised to maintain your weight at a stable level prior to your procedure. During your breast reduction consultation Dr Lim will discuss in detail with you your desired outcome by having this procedure. In order to plan your breast reduction surgery, Dr Lim will also discuss with you your desired breast size and shape.
Please note that it is extremely difficult to accurately predict the future effects of weight loss, pregnancy and ageing on your breast size and shape. Your breasts will continue to be affected by these factors and others following your procedure.
Breast Reduction - The Incision
The breast reduction procedure allows for various approaches regarding the placement of the incisions. The placement and the number of incisions will depend on your breast size and shape and also on the amount of skin and other tissue that requires removal in order to achieve the desired results.
The most common incision is made around the areola, while another from the lower part of the areola vertically down the breast (known as the lollipop incision) and possibly another incision that travels along the breast crease (known as the anchor-shaped incision).
Dr Lim will discuss the breast reduction procedure in detail with you and talk about the surgical approach that is most suitable for you. He will talk with you in great details and you can discuss your concerns with him regarding any queries you have with the breast reduction procedure. Great care is taken with incision placement to ensure scarring is as inconspicuous as possible, even with low-cut clothes.
Your Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast Reduction surgery normally takes between 1 - 3 hours and is performed under general anaesthetic. Your procedure will be performed in an accredited hospital. Expect to be in hospital for 1 - 2 days post procedure and you will be able to return home as soon as your wound drains have been removed and you are not experiencing pain. Dr Lim will review you post operatively and he will also prescribe analgesia and antibiotics for you for use once released from hospital. Dr Lim's friendly staff will contact with you after your breast reduction procedure, to closely monitor your progress. They will also attend to any queries you may have. Dr Lim will review you one week after the breast reduction surgery and again at one month. Further reviews will be scheduled for 3 and six months post procedure.
Our objective is to ensure that your experience is as easy and comfortable as possible. Dr Lim and his Nurse Consultant will give you as much time as you require in order to answer any queries that you may have about breast reduction.
Dr Lim performs breast reduction surgery only in fully accredited hospitals:
Castle Hill Hospital
Westmead Private Hospital
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed as an overnight stay under general anaesthetic.