Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of a woman’s breasts by removing breast tissue and repositioning them in a natural position on the chest.
Each woman has a different idea of how their breasts should be shaped, where they should be on the chest and what size they should be. A breast reduction can help women with larger breasts to achieve their ideal cup size. It can also ease the discomfort that may come with breasts that are disproportionate to their size or contrary to their idea of what their breasts should be like.
At Samuel Yang Plastic Surgery, we understand the importance of being comfortable to do the things you want to do and love the body you are in. Breast reductions are done with the upmost respect to the patient’s wishes, health and wellbeing.
When to consider breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery can be life changing for women who feel their breasts are too large. Disproportionate breasts can cause medical problems such as back pain, bad posture, numbness and sleep issues. Although medical concerns on their own are compelling many women find that disproportionate breasts are also holding them back from participating in sport, exercise and to some extent limits the style of clothes they can wear.
Choosing to change your breast size is a personal choice and can be an emotional one, having the support of a professional medical team you can trust through this journey is important. The consultation stage of our procedure is about finding out what you want from your surgery and how that can be best achieved.
How does breast reduction work?
There are a number of different breast reduction procedures, the best procedure would be one that will help you achieve your body goals based on you concerns and your ideal shape and size. Breasts make up a big part of a woman’s physical femininity, Dr Yang is always concerned with reshaping the breasts to retain a comfortable feminine shape often returning breasts to a youthful position on the chest.
There are two main types of breast reduction surgery. One deals mainly with the removal of excess skin that may have been left over from weight loss or child bearing. This method also allows the best opportunity to reshape the breasts and gain symmetry in shape, size and positioning.
A less invasive method that results in less scaring may also be used however it does limit the surgeon’s ability to reshape the breast and is often used for smaller reductions
Recovery and after care
Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure. After a surgery that typically lasts between 5 and 6 hours under general aesthesia a patient is released and can go home. Supportive clothing and dressing is provided to prevent injury and pain as well as prescription pain medication to ease the pain and discomfort.
Taking your first shower is only advised on the second day after surgery where you can expect your breast to feel tender. This feeling should dissipate within weeks as the stiches are absorbed and inflammation fades.
It is suggested that patients take time off to recover from the procedure; however some women feel they are fit for work in as little as two weeks.
Read more about aftercare and healing after breast surgery here.
Breast reduction in Brisbane
If you are looking to reshape and reduce the size of your breasts for any reason, book a consultation with Dr Samuel Yang to discuss your concerns and body goals in a safe and understanding environment.
During consultation you will be involved in the planning of your surgery so you can be assured you have a medical team on your side with your best interests at heart.