Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, removes excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue from the breasts to reduce excessive breast size and weight and reposition drooping nipples.
Large breasts can be due to hereditary factors, elevated levels of hormones, or pregnancies. Hypertrophic (oversized) breasts can develop uniformly or asymmetrically, where one breast is significantly larger than the other.
Breast reduction is a highly successful procedure for achieving more aesthetically pleasing breasts with a well proportionate size and shape. After surgery, women with heavy pendulous breasts may feel a significantly enhanced sense of balance and proportion, relief from headaches, neck, shoulder, and back pain, and no longer suffer physical discomfort that affects their daily activities.
Depending on your breast anatomy and goals for breast reduction, there are several methods Dr Page will consider. After making the appropriate incisions, fat, tissue and excess skin from the breasts is removed, and in most cases, nipples are repositioned higher. This is done with utmost care to preserve nipple sensation and the ability to breastfeed in the future. The incisions are then closed and supported with surgical tape and dressing. A compression garment is worn for several weeks to aid healing and accelerate recovery time.
Breast reduction is performed under a general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital with a 1 – 2 night hospital stay as determined by Dr Page. Breast reduction surgery is done for aesthetic and medical reasons, dependent on strict Medicare eligibility criteria.
Results are immediate and continue to improve as swelling subsides over several months. Post-surgery, some bruising and swelling are expected for up to two weeks. A surgical bra should be worn for comfort and support, and heavy lifting and strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks. Most patients are ready to work after two weeks, however, Dr Page will provide you with a timeframe during your post-operative appointments.