22 Jun When Breasts Are a Burden: Breast Reduction Surgery
While big breasts may be the envy of A-cuppers from here to Timbuktu and the object of many a male fantasy, for women burdened with overly large assets, the reality may be very different.
Breast reduction surgery is a rewarding solution for anyone who is burdened with excessively large breasts, helping to relieve health issues associated with big breasts and allowing well-endowed women to live a happier, more active and comfortable life.
How big is too big?
While there is no strict size criteria for breast reduction, potential patients will need to undergo an initial consultation with their preferred specialist surgeon to discuss their requirements and assess their eligibility for this procedure.
If you suffer from any of the following issues, you may be a good candidate for a breast reduction:
- Back, neck or shoulder pain due to heaviness of breasts
- Skin rashes, irritation or infections beneath your breasts
- Difficulty in purchasing bras, support garments or clothing to cater for the size and shape of your breasts, including bras leaving deep strap marks on your shoulders
- Breasts are largely out of proportion to the rest of your body
- Breasts that get in the way of physical activity or impair your lifestyle choices
- Asymmetrical breasts
Making the reduction decision
Specialist Melbourne-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Morris Ritz is highly skilled in performing breast reduction surgery and offers comprehensive consultations to anyone considering this procedure.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Ritz will discuss the procedure with you, what happens during the surgery and your post-operative care. You will also be informed of any risks or complications involved. There are risks associated with any surgery, no matter how big or small, and it is important you are aware of, and understand them.
You will be asked questions about your medical history, and about your breasts. Your breasts will be assessed and measured, and you will discuss your expectations and desired outcomes. It is important you understand your options, so you can make the right decision about your surgery.
What happens in a breast reduction procedure?
During a breast reduction, the excess fat, tissue and skin is removed from your breasts, with surgery performed by making an incision around the areola, and vertically down to the breast crease. Your newly shaped, smaller breast is then repositioned along with the nipple, to achieve a higher, more youthful appearance.
Breast reduction surgery can sometimes involve liposuction or be combined with a breast lift to achieve the desired outcome. Surgery usually takes around two to three hours under general anesthetic.
Following a breast reduction, you need to stay in hospital for two to three days. Drain tubes will remain in following surgery for up to 48 hours. Following your operation, you will need to wear a specially fitted support bra for several weeks to help your breasts retain their new shape.
Most patients return to work about a week following surgery, however you usually cant drive for two weeks post-procedure and you will be limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym for approximately six weeks after your operation.
Will breast reduction surgery leave a scar?
Every cut results in a scar. However, choosing a professional and experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Ritz will help to minimise your risk of scarring. Following post-operative instructions and employing other methods including the application of creams, scar massage, silicone sheeting, steri-strips, laser therapy and wearing your support garments for the specified period, will also all help to reduce scarring.
Will breast reduction affect nipple sensation?
Depending on the type and extent of your breast reduction, you may experience numbness in your nipples and changes to nipple sensation. Patients can sometimes experience little or no sensation to begin, with feeling returning over time. However, many patients believe this is a low priority compared to the relief smaller breasts can bring.
In the case of extremely large breasts, the nipple is sometimes entirely removed before being repositioned. This results in only limited, if any sensation experienced post-operatively. In these cases, breastfeeding is also not possible following surgery. Dr. Ritz will discuss whether this is required in your individual circumstances at your initial consultation.
Remember to keep realistic expectations
No two breasts are ever the same, so every breast reduction surgery is different. There are a combination of factors including; breast size, shape, nipple size and shape, body proportions, as well as patient’s individual ideals and expectations to take into consideration to perform a successful breast reduction surgery.
However, all breast reduction surgeries are linked through a common desire. Women choose to undergo breast reduction surgery to remove the burden of large breasts and help them lead happier, healthier and more active lives.