Breast reduction surgery (also known as reduction mammoplasty) at NorthEast Plastic Surgery’s Brisbane practice is performed when a patient’s large breasts are causing physical pain, discomfort, health issues such as skin infections or emotional and self-image issues.
During the procedure, the surgeon aims to correct breast size, shape and volume and breast lift is also achieved with elevation of nipple position. A mastopexy (breast lift) surgery is performed to optimise breast shape, projection and position of the nipples without reduction in breast size.
A breast reduction procedure can address:
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Patients considering breast reduction surgery need to be aware of the risks, benefits and the reality of the post-operative recovery process as well as the significant adjustment to change in appearance after surgery.
The primary goal of the consultation is for the surgeon to ascertain the expectations of the patient and make them aware of any limitations to success of the procedure.
Individual circumstances will affect the outcome of the surgery. Typical limitations can include; skin quality, breast anatomy and any scarring from previous surgery.
In the experience of NorthEast Plastic Surgery, patients who elect to have breast reduction surgery have typically suffered from neck and shoulder pain, skin infections under their breasts, limitations in the range of clothing they feel comfortable in, and self-consciousness in the appearance of their breast.
Two or more consultations are often required prior to breast reduction surgery to ensure the patient understands the period of recovery and downtime required, the procedure itself and the expected results post-surgery.
In order to accurately identify the risks you face before undergoing breast reduction surgery it is important that the Surgeon is made aware of your full medical history at the initial consultation.
The surgeon will ask you to disclose any information relating to:
Further medical consultation may be necessary regarding:
You may be told to avoid the following medications for two weeks prior to and after surgery:
It may also be necessary to cease the Oral Contraceptive Pill.
Smokers must stop smoking six weeks prior to and after surgery, as smoking can cause complications during the surgery and wound healing process.
Nicotine containing products can also affect wound healing and should be ceased two weeks prior to and after surgery.
When considering breast reduction surgery, you will be informed of the potential risks, including:
Risks specific to breast reduction and mastopexy surgery include:
Revisional surgery is necessary in approximately three to five percent of patients who undergo breast reduction and mastopexy surgery.
Informed consent can only be given after a thorough consultation process with a surgeon at NorthEast Plastic Surgery, where you will be given an opportunity to have your specific questions and concerns addressed. The consent process will also include a discussion about the costs of breast reduction surgery and revision surgery.
Once Mr Patrick Tansley or Dr Sugitha Seneviratne have met with you in an initial consultation, they will also discuss the cost of this procedure and provide you with a personalised quote.
We can provide approximate out of pocket costs before your initial consultation including any applicable Medicare rebate. We are happy to provide these by phone 07 3180 3400 or via enquiry through our website.
In Australia, surgeons are strongly discouraged from advertising a set price for a medical procedure, as advised by the Australian Medical Board. For this reason, we do not include a cost per procedure on our website.
The cost of an initial consultation with a Surgeon is $175 ($225 for weekend consultations). If you have a referral from your GP, a portion of this cost may be claimed from Medicare. You will need to allow one hour for your consultation.
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The operation is performed in an accredited hospital under general anaesthetic. You will stay in hospital for one to two nights after surgery for antibiotic therapy and pain management although some patients have day surgery.
The surgeon makes access incisions around the nipple areolar complexes and an incision extending vertically underneath. Occasionally the surgeon makes an incision in the crease below the breast. The specific method required will be discussed during your consultation.
Internal wounds are repaired with dissolving stitches and water proof dressings applied which are suitable for patients to shower. You’ll be given a compression garment, which you are required to wear followed by a bra which will also be provided and is worn for approximately six weeks after surgery.
The post-operative recovery period is approximately two to three weeks, during which the breasts can be swollen or bruised. Swelling typically improves over six to eight weeks after surgery. Whilst most patients are able to return to work within two weeks of surgery, overall improvement can be expected for a number of months. Advice will be provided regarding scar maturation strategies and resumption of driving, typically around two weeks after surgery. Physical exercise can resume three to four weeks after surgery.
Before and after photos of our previous breast reduction patients are only available to view during your consultation with one of our surgeons. Out of respect for our patients’ privacy, we do not share or publish these images online. To discuss whether breast reduction surgery is right for you, contact our Brisbane practice today.