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 and an inability to exercise.
During your initial consultation with Dr Ritz, he will discuss your concerns and what sort of out come you would like. He will discuss your medical history such as any past surgery or medical conditions we need to be aware of and any medication you take, he will discuss lifestyle factors such as what you do for work and exercise. He will assess you to ensure you are a suitable candidate, and will then determine the best course of treatment. There are different options for this procedure, he will explain them and advise which he feels is best for you. He will discuss the risks associated with this procedure, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. Once you have seen him you will see his Personal Assistant Georgie, she will discuss the costs and booking procedures.
On the day of surgery you will admit to the hospital 2 hours prior to surgery. Dr Ritz will see you to discuss the procedure again and draw pre operative markings on you. This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic. You will have a consultation with the anaesthetist prior to going into surgery. The incision is placed in the pre-determined location and a pocket is created to place the implant. Using an inflatable sizer, Dr Ritz will expand the pocket to the appropriate size to confirm the size is suitable, and then he will place the implant. The wounds are closed and drains are placed.
Following breast reduction surgery, you must 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.
Depending on what you do for work you will require anywhere from 2-6 weeks off. You are unable to drive for the first 2 weeks. You are also limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym which you cannot do for the first 6 weeks. You will be given detailed post operative care instructions prior to surgery.
**Individual results will vary based on factors such as genetics, age, diet and exercise. The outcome experienced by one person do not necessarily reflect the outcomes that other people may experience.
All surgery carries risks. These risks include but are not limited to bleeding, infection, scarring, pain, numbness, asymmetry. All surgery requires a recovery period and post operative care. This will be all discussed in further detail during your consultation**
Morris Ritz is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
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