Breast Reduction

About Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is designed to reduce the size of the breasts by removing glandular tissues and any skin or fat that is adding unnecessary weight to the breasts. Along with decreasing their size, the breasts and nipples are also reshaped to look more youthful and complement the proportions of your body.

You may desire a breast reduction if the current size of your breasts is causing severe discomfort. Back, shoulder and neck pain are common side effects of larger breasts and can lead to poor posture, an inability to exercise and feelings of self-consciousness.

 

Initial Consultation

A consultation is designed to help you learn more about the procedure you are interested in. For breast reduction, Dr Ritz will review your medical history and determine whether you are healthy enough to undergo this procedure. He will also measure your breasts and ask about the symptoms you are experiencing.

During your consultation, you will be able to discuss your desired outcome after surgery. Together, you and Dr Ritz will decide the best size for your breasts to ensure you feel confident, feel more comfortable in your own skin and look proportional.

Two weeks before your surgery, you will see Dr Ritz one more time to review the details of your surgery and go over any other questions and concerns that you may have.

The Day of Your Breast Reduction Surgery

Depending on the hospital you have selected, you will be admitted about two hours before the procedure is scheduled to begin. This will give Dr Ritz adequate time to mark your breasts to highlight the incisions and techniques he plans to use during surgery. You can also use this time to ask any final questions you might have.

You will also meet with the anaesthetist who will help you feel more comfortable about receiving anaesthetic. To ensure maximum comfort, a general anaesthesia will be used.

The technique that Dr Ritz uses for your breast reduction depends on your unique characteristics. Your body composition, the current size of your breasts and your cosmetic goals all dictate the method that Dr Ritz employs.

Typically, incisions are made around the areola that travel down to the fold underneath the breasts – this is called a lollipop incision. The incision will give Dr Ritz access to the underlying fatty tissues that need to be removed. He will then reshape the breasts and reposition them to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing and youthful appearance. The nipples will also be relocated to the front of the breasts.

Once complete, Dr Ritz will close all incisions and put drains in place in order to get rid of any fluid after your surgery. He will also wrap your breasts in a dressing and transfer you to a private hospital room for recovery.


Recovery

Following breast reduction surgery, you will be required to stay in the hospital for two to three days where staff can monitor you and take care of your drains. If after 24 – 48 hours Dr Ritz is satisfied with your progress, the drains will be removed and you will be free to go home. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to drive, so you will need to arrange for someone to collect you from the hospital.


Post-Operative Care

Once you have been discharged, you will make your way to Dr Ritz’s office to receive a specialised support bra which you are required to wear every day and night for six weeks. This compression garment will provide your breasts with adequate support and promote healing by reducing swelling. You will also see Dr Ritz for weekly check-ups so that he can assess the progress of your recovery and results.

For the first two weeks after surgery, you will not be able to drive. It might be helpful, during the beginning stages of your healing process, to have a friend or family member assist you. It’s also essential that you refrain from any vigorous exercise for up to six weeks and limit any physical activity that would cause an increase in bleeding. If you are unsure whether you are ready to start exercising again, rather get clearance from Dr Ritz.

Once you are home, it’s vital that you follow all of the necessary aftercare instructions and get enough rest as possible. Caring for your wounds will be very important and it’s recommended that you sleep in an elevated position for the next two weeks to reduce swelling, Large body pillows can help keep you propped up during the night.

Breast Reduction Before and After

FAQs

How long does breast reduction surgery take?

The average procedure will take around 3 hours, provided no other procedures are being performed at the same time.

Can’t this procedure be performed as a day case?

Unfortunately, not. You will need to spend two nights in hospital to avoid any complications.

How much time should I take off work?

It’s recommended that you take at least two weeks off work. However, if you have a physically demanding job, you may require more time to recover. You can speak to Dr Ritz about this during your consultation.

How soon will I be able to drive again?

You will only be able to get behind the wheel again after two weeks.

How long until I can exercise?

Because the breasts are always impacted during exercise, it’s best to wait six weeks before you resume your exercise routine. It’s also best to start out with light exercises until you feel more like yourself.

Can I breastfeed after surgery?

There is no way to tell whether you will be able to breastfeed or not. Some women won’t be able to breastfeed regardless of whether they’ve undergone surgery or not. With this being said, there is always a chance that breast reduction surgery could impact your ability to breastfeed. This is also one of the reasons why we recommend waiting until your family is complete before you schedule your surgery.

How much does a breast reduction cost?

It depends on what is required and whether or not any additional procedures will be added on. The best way to get an accurate cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr Ritz.

Are breast reduction procedures covered by Medicare?

The only time that a breast reduction procedure would be covered by Medicare is if it was deemed medically necessary by a doctor. For example, if living with larger breasts was causing you chronic pain, there is a chance it could be covered by Medicare. We will be able to give you a better idea of whether this is possible during your consultation.

How much scarring will I have after a breast reduction?

Unfortunately, scarring is inevitable after this procedure but with the right care, you can reduce the appearance of scarring after your surgery. For one, preventing infection will keep scarring to a minimum. Not lifting heavy objects too soon after your surgery is another. Once your wounds have healed, if you will be spending time in the sun, be sure to use a sunscreen with a high SPF to prevent scars from becoming darker. You can also ask Dr Ritz about using a topical vitamin E cream to reduce scarring.

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