Many women with large breasts suffer from a range of symptoms that negatively impact their daily lives, from back and neck pain to difficulty exercising, and more.
Thankfully, Dr Andrew Broadhurst and his team at Enhance Plastic Surgery in Brisbane provide transformative breast reduction procedures that can dramatically change the look and shape of a woman’s breasts. Dr Broadhurst has been performing breast reduction surgery for over a decade and has helped transform the appearance of many women in Australia.
What is a Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and tissue as well as repositioning of the nipple, in order to reduce the size of the breasts and alter the shape.
There are many reasons that a woman with larger breasts might want to reduce their breast size as they can cause a range of uncomfortable and annoying symptoms including:
- Shoulder pain
- Back aches
- Neck aches
- Nerve pain
- Poor self-image related to large breasts
- Skin irritation under the breast fold
- Bra straps digging into shoulders
- Issues with physical activity (particularly with running or high-intensity exercise)
- Difficulty finding clothes to fit their shape
Dr Broadhurst aims to improve all of the above symptoms when he performs a breast reduction for his clients.
Breast Reduction Procedure
The breast reduction procedure is performed under general anesthetic and is conducted during a day surgery visit. The procedure itself takes between 2-4 hours and involves the surgeon making incisions either under the breast fold, around the areola, or both which is commonly known as the ‘anchor’ incision.
Dr Broadhurst will advise you at your initial consultation on which technique he will use depending on your breast size and shape and your desired outcome.
Once the incisions are made, the desired amount of excess skin and breast tissue is removed and the areola is often reduced in diameter to ensure a more proportional appearance. The nipple is also oftentimes repositioned to a more elevated position, in order to restore a more youthful appearance and breast shape.
During a breast reduction, an additional procedure called a breast lift is also often used to further restore and enhance the appearance of the breasts.
You might be wondering if you are able to breastfeed after having a breast reduction, and the answer is usually yes. The nipple and areola is kept alive during the procedure and most patients regain full function as well as the sensation of the nipple after the surgery.
What to Expect After a Breast Reduction
As with any surgical procedure, there is a healing process where you will be expected to rest and recover. Dr Andrew Broadhurst and his team will be able to advise you of your expected recovery time and when you should expect to return to work at your initial consultation.
You will be expected to avoid all heavy lifting and most physical activity for around two weeks following your surgery. You can usually commence light activities such as walking quite soon after your procedure and you should be able to drive within a few days.
A special post operative garment or bra will also be provided which you will be expected to wear for at least a few days. To reduce the risk of infection, you will be required to have any dressing or bandages changed in the days after surgery.
Dr Broadhurst uses specialised techniques that promote rapid recovery times for his clients, so you may find that you are fully mobile within just a few weeks!
It’s important to note that the healing process looks different for everyone, and it can take up to 18 months for scars and breast tissue to reach their final appearance.
Breast Reduction Brisbane
Dr Andrew Broadhurst performs breast reductions, breast lifts and breast augmentations both in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and offers in-depth consultations so that you can discover which option is the ideal solution for your individual needs.
If you are ready to take the next step to find out if a breast reduction might be right for you, then call our team on 07 3252 8884 or contact us to book your consultation today.