Breast reduction is a surgical procedure administered to reshape the breasts to make them smaller in size. This process removes glandular tissue, skin and excess fat to decrease breast size. Some people consider breast reduction for cosmetic reasons. For others, breast reduction can relieve health problems from overly large breasts.
Are There Other Treatment Options?
Generally, surgeons, advise less invasive treatments to relieve pain caused by overly large breasts. Less invasive treatments include wearing bras with wide straps and physical therapy. For men who suffer from gynaecomastia, or enlarged breast tissue, doctors may recommend trying medication first. Ask your doctor about all of your treatment options and consider getting a second opinion before deciding on breast reduction.
When to Consider Breast Reduction
You may want to consider breast reduction if the size of your breasts bothers you, is causing physical discomfort, or is negatively affecting your life.
Your surgeon will determine if you are a suitable candidate for breast reduction if:
- The size of your breasts is out of proportion with your body.
- One breast is disproportionately larger than the other.
- You have discomfort, back problems, or other health problems from overly large breasts.
- Wearing a bra with wide straps for at least 12 months has not helped.
- Physical therapy for at least six months has not helped.
- You are a man whose breast enlargement has not responded to medication and whose breast development is stable.
- Your general health is good.
- You have realistic expectations for improvement and not perfection.
Who Is NOT a suitable Candidate for Breast Reduction?
You may not be a suitable candidate if:
- You are pregnant, breastfeeding, or recently stopped breastfeeding.
- You have an abnormal mammogram or an undiagnosed breast condition.
- You have a history of poor wound healing or a clotting disorder.
- You smoke.
- You are severely obese.
- You have a severe illness or infection.
What to Expect
A qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who specialises in breast reduction procedures like Gold Coast Breast Reduction Surgeon – Dr Magnusson will administer breast reduction surgery in a hospital or outpatient surgery setting. You will have general anaesthesia so you’re asleep during operation or you’ll have regional anaesthesia, so you’re awake but comfortable during surgery.
Breast reduction surgery can be performed either as open surgery with a large incision around your areola and under your breast or as minimally invasive surgery with small incisions in your underarm or around the base of your breasts.
Many patients return home the day of the surgery; sometimes, an overnight hospital stay is required. You will need to wear a surgical support bra for several weeks following the procedure. It helps minimise swelling and supports your breasts while they are healing. You may also need help with household, work, and other daily activities. Gradually, you’ll return to your normal activities and schedule. Full recovery times range from a couple of weeks to a month.