A breast reduction operation reduces the size of large breasts and improves the breast shape as well as elevation and reposition of the nipple to its appropriate location

Patients report a relief from neck, back and shoulder pain and skin rashes. Because of the new-found freedom from pain and discomfort many patients can now participate in an invigorated health and fitness regime that optimises health.

Your Concerns

  • Large breasts
  • Disproportional breasts
  • Neck and back pain

My Recommendations

  • Breast reduction
  • Lift with liposuction
  • Create a new breast 

Maximum Results

  • Pain relief
  • Enhanced lifestyle 
  • Improved confidence

WHAT’S INVOLVED

Consultation

  • Current/desired breast size 
  • Position of the nipples
  • Quality of the skin

Customised Plan

  • Breast reduction
  • Liposuction 
  • Removal of fat

The Benefits

  • Restored contour
  • Desired size and shape
  • Improved posture

Breast Reduction – 62 Most FAQs

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Researching And Preparing For Your Breast Reduction Operation
1. How to reduce breast size?

There are two methods to reduce breast size. 1) Breast Liposuction and 2) Surgical Breast Reduction and Breast Lift

Breast liposuction is best for women who require small volume reductions. Women, with good breast shape, with no stretch marks, and good skin elasticity, more fatty tissue, compared to breast gland tissue, are good candidates for liposuction.

An important note is that breast liposuction reduces volume and weight, but does not correct the breast shape. By deflating the breast, there is a high risk of breast ptosis, which results in loose saggy skin or droopy breasts.

Surgical Breast Reduction and Breast Lift

For patients requiring greater volume reduction and a lift, breast reduction surgery is the only, most effective option as it promises reduction in size, improvement in shape and a breast lift.

This is an operation that delivers both functional and aesthetic benefits with minimal complications and improved wellness and quality of life.

2. What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast Reduction Surgery is an invasive surgical operation that reduces the size of the breast and reshapes it to create a smaller aesthetically pleasing breast.

By reducing the size and the weight of the breast symptoms such as neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain are often relieved.

3. What are the common reasons for women to consider breast reduction surgery?

Heavy and sagging breasts cause neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, skin rashes in the fold, recurrent infections and bad posture.

Large breasts restrict mobility and the ability to be physically active thereby impacting on general health, fitness and wellbeing.

Difficulty in finding the right sized bra, clothing and swimwear can be frustrating. Patients have reported being extremely self conscious and in some cases affecting self esteem.

4. What benefits can you expect after breast reduction surgery?

Breast Reduction surgery has medical, aesthetic, wellness, psychological and social benefits.

The medical benefits of breast reduction surgery are improvements in neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, skin rashes and recurrent infections and posture.

The wellness benefits are it enhances physical activity thereby impacting on general health, fitness and wellbeing. Ease of finding the right sized bra, clothing and swimwear is a joy and the added psychosocial benefits ranges from feeling less self conscious to improved self esteem.

Aesthetically the breasts are smaller, shapely, proportional, fuller, firmer and perkier.

5. Will a breast reduction actually lift my breasts?

Yes, breast reduction surgery includes a breast lift that reduces the size and improves appearance of large drooping breasts by:

  • Reducing volume of breast tissue
  • Reducing the excess skin envelope
  • Lifting the breast tissue
  • Lifting the nipple to its proper position
  • Reshaping the breast tissue while giving the breasts a more attractive upright shape and size
6. Is breast reduction surgery considered cosmetic surgery?

No. The main benefits are medical. The cosmetic benefit is secondary.

7. How much does Breast Reduction Surgery cost

Breast Reduction and Lift costs depend on the complexity and duration of the operation, hospital fees, Surgeons fee and Anaesthetic fee.

If you have private health cover your out of pocket expenses can come down considerably. As a rough guide expect to pay between 8-15 K.

8. Does Medicare cover breast Reduction surgery?

Yes there is a Medicare item number (45520) for breast reduction surgery. So if you have this operation, you will get a small payment from Medicare that will help reduce the cost of surgery.

9. Does it help if I have private health cover?

Since breast reduction surgery has a Medicare item number 45520, some of the hospital costs will be paid for by your health fund (provided your policy covers you). This will allow you the option to have your surgery in a private hospital.

10. Can I get breast reduction surgery in a Public hospital under Medicare only?

Not everyone. It is ONLY possible in extreme cases that are deemed medically essential and deserving. The wait time is about 12 months.

11. If I am thinking about surgery, what should I do first? Do you have any tips to choose the right surgeon for breast reduction surgery?

Doing your own research on the internet is advisable. You can discuss the surgery with your GP and they may be able to recommend a good Plastic Surgeon.

As a rule, choose a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

You are welcome to attend the free information evenings where you can ask me any questions you have about this surgery or any other cosmetic treatment. The evenings are held at my practices in either Bondi Junction or Bella Vista in a small group setting.

12. The web is crowded and confusing, can you recommend some authority websites to get credible information about breast reduction surgery

Information about breast reduction surgery is available on the websites of most plastic surgeons. The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (www.plasticsurgery.org.au) and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (www.asaps.org.au) also have some helpful information.

My favourite site is www.realself.com which is like the trip advisor of cosmetic surgery complete with patient stories, experiences and enough information that can help your decision making process. You can view my profile on there too

13. Should I have my breast Reduction surgery done by a plastic surgeon or someone who is not a plastic surgeon?

I would recommend that you see a plastic surgeon if you are keen to undergo a plastic surgical operation. In Australia, the vast majority of breast reductions are done by specialist Plastic Surgeons.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (www.plasticsurgery.org.au) and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (www.asaps.org.au) and www.realself.com are good places to start to find a good plastic surgeon

14. Plastic Surgeon v/s Non Plastic Surgeon what’s the difference?

In Australia, to call yourself a Plastic surgeon you should have completed formal training in plastic surgery, passed the necessary exams, awarded the FRACS by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, registered as a specialist plastic surgeon by the AHPRA and recognised as a specialist Plastic Surgeon by Medicare Australia.

15. When is the right time to have a Breast Reduction operation? Is there a right time?

The right time is when you are ready both physically and psychologically.

16. When is the right time for a teenager to get a breast reduction?

A Harvard study showed that Macromastia or large breasts often have a negative impact on the self-esteem, quality of life and the eating behaviour of adolescents. Breast Reduction surgery is an effective option to combat these problems.

The issue whether teenage girls under 18 with symptomatic Macromastia (large breasts) should have breast reduction surgery is open to debate.

However, some adolescent girls feel overburdened by overly large breasts and seek the surgery, due to several reasons, including:

  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Irritation under the breast fold
  • Difficulty in finding clothes that fit
  • Inframammary dermatitis and skin infections
  • Undesired attention
  • Low self-esteem and associate quality of life issues
17. Breast Reduction and Breast Feeding

Breast reduction surgery does affect breast feeding. Since breast reduction surgery is an operation where there is a lot of sculpting the Skill of the Plastic Surgeon and the design of the pedicle will affect the outcome.

Skilled surgical technique avoids damage to glandular ducts and lobules and increases the possibility of breast feeding.

The risk of an infant being on breastfeeding supplemented by ‘formula feeds’ was five times greater in women who had Breast Reduction surgery than that observed in infants whose mothers had no breast surgery.

Patients who had a superior pedicle design were more likely to breastfeed than those who had other pedicle designs. Here are some numbers.

  • Superior (upper) Pedicle Breast Reduction 61%
  • Inferior pedicle reduction technique 43%
  • Medial pedicle reduction technique 48%,
  • Lateral pedicle reduction technique 55%
18. How long should I wait after pregnancy to have a Breast Reduction

6- 12 months after completion of Breast Feeding is ideal. There are a lot of changes to the breast following pregnancy and childbirth.

The glands enlarge, increase in the fat deposition in the breast, the breast becomes bigger and heavier that causes the skin to stretch. It is important for all these changes to reverse prior to surgery.

19. Can I have liposuction only and get a good result?

Breast liposuction is great for patients requiring very smaller volume reduction. Good skin elasticity is a must as the skin shrinks due to changes in breast size following liposuction.

Women, with good breast shape, with no stretch marks, and good skin elasticity, are good candidates for liposuction. This treatment is best for women with more fatty tissue, compared to glandular tissue, and who require small volume reductions.

An important note is that breast liposuction reduces volume and weight, but does not correct the breast shape. By deflating the breast, there is a high risk of breast ptosis, which results in loose saggy skin or droopy breasts.

While there may be some nipple elevation with liposuction, it can’t be guaranteed for all patients. Breast liposuction is an option that will leave minimal scars.

Typically, it is effective in patients over 50 years old who are only concerned about the functional reduction in weight and size of the breasts and scars, rather than the breast shape and aesthetics.

20. My breasts look different, I would like them look identical after Breast Reduction Surgery?

There are many reasons why your Breasts currently look different. It is possible to make them look similar, but impossible to make them look identical. There are a lot of reasons for this and at your consultation I will be able to provide you with the right advice.

21.Would you recommend a Breast Reduction if I am overweight?

No. Being overweight increases your risk of both anaesthetic and wound healing complication. It is better to perform Breast Reduction Surgery after you have reached your ideal weight. This way you can enjoy the benefits of Breast Reduction for a longer time.

22. Scarless Breast Reduction: Is it possible?

There is no such thing called scarless breast reduction . There can be minimal or less visible scars or cleverly concealed scars but definitely not scarless results.

Despite meticulous attention paid by surgeons to scar placement, patients will have a scar either the lollipop scar, inverted T (anchor) scar or periareolar (around the areola).

Rarely patients are good candidates for liposuction alone, which is marketed as a ‘scarless’ procedure. Liposuction does not mean “no scars.” You will still have scars but they are typically less than 1 cm, and usually concealed.

Liposuction rarely produces desired results in the majority of patients and is successful only in cases where minimal weight is to be removed from the breast.

When can I drive after breast reduction surgery?

Most patients are able to drive 2 weeks following the operation.

23. How long do I have to have off work after my breast reduction surgery?

Two weeks off work would be adequate, provided your work does not involve very strenuous work.

24. I have a 'gala dinner' and I would love to fit into dress, how far ahead should I schedule my operation?

I would say 3 – 6 months would be ideal. This would allow plenty of time for the swelling to settle and the skin envelope to tighten to create an aesthetically pleasing shape and contour.

25. I am planning to go to Europe. Can I have my breast reduction surgery before I fly?

No, and here is the reason why. A long haul flight and an operation under General Anaesthesia are independent risk factors for a DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis). This is a condition where you can develop a clot in the calf muscle that can potentially spread to the lungs and become fatal.

26, Can I have breast implants at the same time as a breast reduction?

Yes, in some cases it may be the right option.

27.I have stretch marks on my breast, will a breast reduction get rid of them or is it better to have a Breast Implant

Stretch marks can be a real problem. Stretch marks represent ‘micro fractures’ of the collagen fibers in the skin. Skin with stretch marks loses its elasticity and its ability to contract or shrink.

So it is advisable when possible to excise this skin. When there are extensive stretch marks on the skin a Breast Implant alone may not be adequate. A Breast implant and lift would be a better option.

28. How to avoid complications in Breast Reduction Surgery.

It is like asking the question ‘how can I avoid car accidents?’. We know we can reduce the incidence of car accidents significantly by choosing a safe car, having a well-trained and careful driver, who is not under the influence of alcohol and adheres to all road safety rules and drives in ideal road and weather conditions.

So to avoid complications in Surgery chose a well-trained Plastic Surgeon who has an excellent reputation, an equally good anaesthetist and a reputable hospital.

You have to be fit and healthy and have no medical conditions that can adversely affect the outcome of the operation. If you are on any prescription medications or taking health food supplements that can influence the operation or your healing, it is best to stop it.

Breast Reduction Operation
29. The Breast Reduction procedure – what is involved

Breast Reduction Surgery is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia in a hospital.

A specialist anaesthetist monitors your safety throughout the duration of the operation while the Surgeon reduces the volume of the breast, removes excess skin, lifts the breast tissue and nipple to a higher position and sculpts the breast to make it smaller, shapely and perkier.

It usually takes 3- 4 hours with an overnight stay. Some patients have drains that are removed the next morning before being discharged with pain medication, antibiotics, a supportive bra and post operative instructions. Across Australia, the majority of breast reduction operations are performed by Plastic Surgeons

30. Do I need a full General Anaesthetic or would twilight anaesthesia be adequate?

Yes, you do need a full General Anaesthetic for a Breast Reduction Surgery

31. Is it a must that I should have my Breast Reduction Surgery in a Hospital, or can I have it in a Day Surgery?

That decision is made by your Plastic Surgeon. Since the majority of Breast Reduction patient stay overnight, it is natural that the surgery is performed in a hospital.

In any case, the surgery is best performed in an accredited and licensed operating theatre for your safety. As of March 2017, NSW Health has issued directives to ensure all Cosmetic Surgery is performed in hospitals and day surgery facilities that are licensed and accredited to perform cosmetic surgery.

32. Should I stay overnight or can I go home the same day?

That decision is made by your Plastic Surgeon based on clinical information obtained at the first consultation. After taking all things into consideration, your plastic surgeon will decide if you are suitable to do home the day of your operation.

33. Will I have drains after my Breast Reduction Surgery?

I don’t use drains but I know of some plastic surgeons that do.

34. Do you use dissolving stitches in Breast Reduction Surgery?

Yes, all the sutures are dissolving ones. There may be one or two sutures that require trimming (in a similar manner to cutting your hair very short) at your post operative visit.

35. Do you need Antibiotics after Breast Reduction Surgery?

Yes you will need Antibiotics at the time of surgery followed by a course for five days.

36. Will I bruise after breast reduction surgery?

Yes you will bruise after breast reduction surgery. If you have liposuction performed to the sides of your breast you will notice that the bruising will extends along your sides. Thankfully, this settles with time.

37. What is a Haematoma or a blood clot after Breast Reduction Surgery?

Excessive bleeding following breast surgery can cause a large clot in the breast. This clot does not get into the venous system and spread elsewhere in the body.

Unlike clots in the leg or lung this is not life threatening. It should be removed urgently which means having another operation

38. What happens to nipple sensation after breast reduction surgery?

There is a temporary reduction in the sensation of the nipple following breast reduction surgery that thankfully returns to normal.

Complete loss of nipple sensation after breast reduction surgery is fortunately rare. On some occasions patients experience hypersensitivity for a short period, thankfully this settles well.

After Breast Reduction Surgery
39.Does the Breast Tissue that is removed get tested for cancer?

Absolutely. A Specialist Pathologist subjects the tissue that is removed, to microscopic testing for Breast Cancer. The final report will be available at your first postoperative visit.

40. What type of Bra can I wear after my Breast Reduction Surgery?

Immediately following the operation, a surgical bra is ideal. The surgical bra has the opening in front that makes it easy to do up the bra and undo it without straining your breast or shoulder.

In addition it has a broad base that gently supports the lower pole of the breast. After 2- 3 weeks when you feel more comfortable you can switch to a sports bra or similar. An underwire bra should only be worn after about 3 months.

41. I have been told not to wear an ‘underwire” bra after my Breast Reduction Surgery.

You can wear an underwire bra 3 months following your surgery. The “underwire” in the bra can irritate the scar and affect its appearance.

42. When is my follow up appointment?

We usually see you one week following the operation. A second visit may be necessary at two weeks followed by on at six weeks.

43. How long does the swelling last for after the breast reduction procedure?

A lot of the swelling will settle within 6-12 weeks following breast reduction surgery. A very small amount of swelling can persist for up to 12 months.

44. What to expect during breast reduction recovery time

You may experience swelling or tenderness in your breasts immediately after surgery. There may be some pain for a few days, made worse by activity that is controlled by pain tablets.

You will be given instructions about caring for the wound and dressings. You will be advised to take antibiotics and pain medications

You will also need to restrict your activities. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities involving shoulder and chest movement for the first four weeks. However, most patients resume most light regular activities immediately after surgery.

Dissolving stitches are commonly used and any sutures that need trimming is done at the first post op visit. Scarring is prominent initially as it is red and raised.

It feels hard like a cord and is usually itchy. As time goes on the scar will gradually lighten or fade away, usually over a period of twelve months.

45. Do I have to massage my breasts after breast reduction surgery?

No, it is not advisable to massage your breasts after breast reduction surgery. Because massage implies deep massage. Vigorous massage can disrupt deep stiches and affect the final results.

46. I heard that breast become ‘lumpy’ after breast reduction?

This is a common observation following surgery or liposuction. The soft feel that one is accustomed to is replaced by firmness after surgery.

This firmness is not uniform and hence feels ‘lumpy’. These usually settle between 6 – 12 months following the Breast Reduction Surgery

47. Breast reduction scars

The majority of patients heal well with good scars after a breast reduction. Scars form quickly but mature slowly over 18 months.

Typically scars are raised, hard and red for the first 12 weeks due to the ingrowth of blood vessels and collagen. Over the next 12 months the scar softens, reduces in size and gradually changes colour to become paler.

Options to treat scars after Breast Reduction

  • Micropore tape: This works well and is easy to apply and user friendly for patients as it does not require much care. The tape needs to be changed once every week. You can bathe or shower with the micropore tape. It acts as a barrier and avoids friction between the scar and clothing.
  • A good supportive bra: This is also known to be quite effective in reducing scars because it reduces wound tension that can improve scar formation.
  • Topical silicone sheets and gels: The surgeon will prescribe them depending on the scar. The gel should be applied twice a day for 3 months. The silicone sheet should remain in contact with the scar for 3- 4 months for best results.
  • Steroid injections: These work well in the case of either hypertrophic or keloid scars. More than one injection may be required.
  • Avoiding the sun: Doctors advise protecting the incisions from the sun to avoid pigmentation issues with scars. You can use an SPF lotion or cover the scar carefully with proper clothing to avoid direct sun.

If scar reduction attempts haven’t worked well, surgical scar revision may be the most appropriate option. Time is a critical factor and scars will improve with time.

48. Breast Reduction Scars: What is the difference between a Lollipop Scar and an Anchor Scar? Which is better scar?

Lollipop scar is shaped like a lollipop hence the name. The circle goes around the areola and the vertical scar starts at the 6 “O” Clock position of the areola and goes straight down towards the breast crease.

Anchor scar has all the elements of a lollipop scar PLUS a long scar in the breast fold (inframammary fold) that extends from the centre of the chest to the side of the chest.

A lollipop scar has less scar ‘real estate’ hence better. The scar around the areola heals very well and in 12 months is barely visible as it sits at the border between pigmented and non pigmented skin.

The long scar in the ‘breast fold’ seen in the anchor scar takes longer to fade and can remain prominent for a very long time. The part of the scar between the breast and the centre of the chest is prone to keloid scars.

49. How long do I have to keep taping my Breast Reduction Scars?

It is essential to tape your scars for a minimum of 3 months. However it is desirable to continue taping for up to 6 months. The tapes prevent friction between the scars and the clothing.

Scar irritation due to friction can trigger more scar formation so that they are more noticeable for longer.

50. Breast Reduction scars: which is the best scar cream

Silicon Gel is the one I recommend. There are many Brands of Silicone Gel for scars. This does not require a prescription and you can get it at your local pharmacy.

Some Plastic Surgical practices may have them in stock. If you are taping your scars there is no need for creams

51. How long do I have to use scar creams for breast reduction scars?

I recommend all scar treatments to be used for a minimum of 3 months. You may continue to use it up to 6 or even12 months but it is not necessary beyond 12 months.

52. Will I need more Surgeries after my Breast Reduction Surgery?

Not everyone needs ‘touch up’ surgery but some do. The common ones are scar revision surgery to improve the appearance of the scar and excision of excess

53. Can I have a mammogram after Breast Reduction Surgery?

Yes you can have a mammogram after Breast Reduction surgery. We recommend that you have one before your surgery, so that you have a baseline image.

54. When can I go Bra and clothes shopping after my Breast Reduction Surgery?

Shopping for better fitting clothes and bras is an exciting part. But to get the right size you should wait for the most of the swelling to settle. Most of the swelling would have settled between 3-6 months following surgery.

Real Life Scenarios
55. How long will the effects of the Breast Reduction last. I am 22 years old, if i have a breast reduction now how will my breast change in the future and what are my options then?

It depends on how your breast will respond to changes in the future. In particular the breast will respond to pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss, weight gain and ageing.

Your breast will droop and become saggy with these changes and the right surgical procedure is a breast lift to restore your breasts.

56. If I have a Breast Reduction now and in a few years I decide I need breast implants, is it possible?

Yes it is possible to have Breast Implants in the future should it be necessary.

57. After my Breast Reduction, if I put on weight, what will happen to my breasts?

Your breasts will increase in size when you put on weight. Lets see why. Your breasts are made up of Breast Glands and Fat. The breast glands produce milk and the fat supports and pads these glands.

The fat content in the breast increases during puberty, pregnancy and menopause resulting in the corresponding enlargement of the breasts.

In addition when you gain weight the fat content of the breast will increase and the breast will enlarge and the skin will stretch.

58. If I lose weight in the future, how will this affect my Breast Reduction results?
When you lose weight, the fat content of the breast reduces and the breast becomes smaller. If the skin can shrink and tighten proportionately then the breasts will look normal. If the skin does not shrink or tighten then you will be left with droopy breasts.
4 Questions From Real Patients
QUESTION FROM PATIENT #1:

I am 30 years old and have 2 children. I have always had large breasts and since having my children they have become larger and saggy I am currently a G cup. For years I have suffered with next and shoulder pain and I can never seem to purchase a comfortable bra no matter what the price is. Would a breast reduction alone help or would I most likely need a lift as well.

ANSWER TO PATIENT #1:

Thanks for your question. A Breast Reduction is a 2 in 1 operation and does include a breast lift.

After pregnancy and childbirth Breasts sag and large breasts sag more. This is because the skin stretches which then cannot shrink back to pre pregnancy states. The larger the enlargement during pregnancy the more are the stretch marks.

Large breasts affect the biomechanics of your spine and shoulder starting from your neck down to your back. That would explain your symptoms.

Having breast reduction surgery will give you a smaller, perky breast that can help your neck and shoulder pain, increased comfort, better fitting clothes, bras and swimsuits and an increased ability to exercise.

There are numerous scientific studies that confirm the physical and psychological benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery. They include improved, posture, improved gait, less stress on the spine. Patients improve their sense of wellbeing and self esteem.

A Breast Reduction is a 2 in 1 operation and does include a breast lift and is aimed at giving you a smaller perkier breast. It is a surgical operation that takes about 3-4 hours and is performed in a hospital under General Anaesthesia usually with an overnight stay.

Breast Reduction surgery costs vary and being in a Health Fund will certainly help with your out of pocket expenses.

QUESTION FROM PATIENT #2:

My daughter is 19 next month, is very petite size 6-8 and 5ft tall but has 10E bra size (even at this size the bra is not really the correct fit for her). She is out of proportion. On a recent swimsuit shopping trip she left the shops really upset crying and cranky as the tops are not big enough and if they are, they are hideous. Do you think it is too early age wise to consider breast reduction surgery?

ANSWER TO PATIENT #2:

Yes, Your daughter can have a breast reduction at 19 and enjoy all the benefits that include improved comfort, better fitting clothes, bras and swimsuits, easy to exercise and being comfortable in social settings.

Breast Reduction surgery is not uncommon in this age group. Patients in this age group share all the concerns that your daughter has expressed.

Patients who were big breasted as teenagers, when they have their Breast Reduction operation later on in life usually remark’ I wish I had this operation sooner”.

Breast feeding after breast reduction may not be possible or if possible may be inadequate requiring supplementation by “formula milk” feeding.

Supporting scientific evidence suggests only 29% of people who have Breast Reduction surgery can breast feed. You have to give this some thought prior to considering surgery for your 19 year old daughter.

QUESTION FROM PATIENT #3

I had a breast reduction done in 1979. Since menopause ( I'm now 56 years of age), my breasts have become bigger 14DD or E. Is at all possible to have a second breast reduction so I can get smaller breasts again. (I had been moved to a B cup before). Many, many thanks for your advice.

ANSWER TO PATIENT QUESTION #3

Yes it is possible to have a second Breast Reduction and experience all the benefits as you did the first time. Second time around, the risks are higher especially with nipple, and fat dying but the benefits outweigh them.

If you have some information of your first operation, please bring it along to your consultation.

Breast tissue responds to hormone changes at puberty, pregnancy and menopause. With age, there is an increase in the fat component of the breast increasing the weight and size of the breast.

The loose skin and weak ligaments are unable restrain the heavy Breast and as a result the symptoms affect your activities of daily living. A breast reduction surgery is a good solution as it reduces the size of the breast and improves the shape by a lift.

QUESTION FROM PATIENT #4

My breasts have always been large but they feel empty and deflated since I finished breast feeding and I was interested to know if I can have the excess tissue removed and implants put in to lift and 'fill' them?

ANSWER TO QUESTION PATIENT #4

The changes you have witnessed are common following pregnancy and breast feeding. A breast lift with or without implants would be effective in addressing your aesthetic goals.

If you were happy with the volume and size of your breasts when you wear a bra, then a Breast lift WITHOUT implants would be appropriate.

Here, instead of removing excess breast tissue and using an implant to replace the lost volume, we use the excess breast tissue and reposition it so that it increases the size of the breast. This procedure is called a Mastopexy (Breast Lift).

If you are NOT happy with the volume and size of your breasts when you wear a bra, then a Breast lift WITH implants would be appropriate as your native breast tissue has inadequate volume.

Once the breast tissue is repositioned a Breast Implant is used to further increase the size and improve shape. This procedure is called a Mastopexy Augmentation.

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