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About Breast Reduction
A breast reduction procedure is designed to reduce the size of large, heavy breasts by removing some of the breast tissue.
You may be contemplating breast reduction surgery if you feel your breasts are out of proportion with the rest of your body; if the weight of large breasts is causing medical problems such as back or neck pain, skin irritations, skeletal deformities, bad posture or breathing problems; or if large breasts are limiting your ability to do physical activity.
Whatever your reasons for considering a breast reduction, the outcome should mean smaller, lighter, firmer and more "lifted" breasts. This gives many women more confidence with the clothes they can wear and the activities they can enjoy. However, it is important that you are realistic about what you expect from this surgery and understand that results can vary significantly from patient to patient for a number of reasons.
Surgical techniques are varied but the most common techniques used are either an "anchor" shaped or "lollipop" shaped incision that follows the natural contour of the breast. Excess skin and breast tissue is removed to produce a smaller, firmer breast and the nipple is often repositioned. The skin surrounding the nipple is then brought together to reshape the bust. Your stitches will usually be located around the nipple and in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple to the crease of the breast and in some cases along the length of the crease under the breast.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and normally takes 2 to 3 hours. Your total stay in hospital should be one to two days.
After Your Procedure
Things To Look Out For
Surgery is not without its risks and we encourage all patients to be mindful of the warning signs that a complication may be developing. If you experience any of the following symptoms during your recovery, please contact us immediately.
Outside of clinic hours, please contact your GP or closest emergency department.
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