A breast reduction will reduce the size of the breasts by removing glandular tissues and skin or fat that adds weight to the breasts. Along with decreasing their size, the breasts and nipple 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 are causing severe discomfort. Back, shoulder and neck pain are common side effects of abundant breasts and can lead to poor posture, an inability to exercise and feelings of self-consciousness.
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 receive surgery. 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 for surgery. Together, you and Dr Ritz can find the best size for your breasts that makes you feel confident, reduces discomfort and looks proportional.
Two weeks before your surgery, you will see Dr Ritz once more to review your surgery and go over any other questions and concerns that you may have.
You should admit to surgery two hours before the procedure is scheduled to begin. This will give Dr Ritz adequate time to mark your breasts to indicate the proper incisions and techniques he plans to use during surgery.
You will also meet with the anaesthetist who will help you feel more comfortable about receiving anaesthesia. To ensure your maximum comfort, you will be placed under general anaesthesia.
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. The incision will give Dr Ritz access to the underlying fatty tissues that need to be removed. Dr Ritz will then reshape the breasts as well as position them on the chest in a more appealing manner. He will also move the nipple to the front of your new breasts.
Once complete, Dr Ritz will close all incisions and place drains. He will wrap your breasts in a dressing and transfer you to a private hospital room for recovery.
You will be required to stay in the hospital for two or three days after surgery where staff can monitor you and take care of your drains. After 24-48 hours, drains will be removed and you can return home.
Post Operative Care
Once you are discharged, you will make your way back to Dr Ritz’s office to receive a specialised support bra which you are required to wear every day and night for six weeks. You will also see Dr Ritz for weekly check ups to assess the progress of your surgery.
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.
How long does the surgery take?
Approximately 3 hours.
Can I do it just as a day case?
No you do need to stay in at least 2 nights.
How long do I have to take off work?
Approximately 2 weeks, depending on what you do for work.
When can I drive?
After 2 weeks.
How long until I can exercise?
Usually not until 6 weeks post operatively.
Can I breastfeed after surgery?
You may not be able to.
How much does the surgery cost?
It depends on what is required, the type of implant chosen and hospital and anaesthetic fees, please contact us for a rough quote.