Breast reduction surgery at NorthEast Plastic Surgery’s Melbourne practice can address:
Breast reduction surgery (also known as reduction mammoplasty) is for patients who are experiencing issues with physical pain, discomfort and health issues.
Patients who seek breast reduction surgery have typically experienced:
During the procedure, the surgeon aims to correct breast size and volume. Mastopexy (breast lift) surgery is often performed to optimise breast shape, projection, and position of the nipples whilst maintaining breast volume.
The procedure is performed by making access incisions around the nipple areolar complexes and an incision extending vertically underneath. Occasionally a short transverse scar in the crease below the breast is also required. The most appropriate of these surgical access incisions will be discussed during your consultation.
The operation is performed in an accredited hospital under general anaesthetic with a specialist anaesthetist present. Patients are treated in hospital as a day surgery where appropriate though may require a one-to-two night stay for antibiotic therapy and pain management.
Internal wounds are repaired with dissolving stitches and waterproof dressings applied, which are suitable for showering and bathing. A compressive garment or “boob tube” is provided must be worn after surgery. Thereafter, a post-surgical brassiere will be provided, which is to be worn for approximately six weeks after surgery.
It is important that access to medical attention is available by telephone once you have been discharged. Issues about which your surgeon needs to be made aware urgently include pain uncontrolled by medication, bleeding to the extent that the dressings soak through with blood, temperatures exceeding 38 degrees Celsius, redness of the skin or any concerns related to the surgery.
Recovery after surgery usually takes two to three weeks, during which the breasts can be swollen or bruised. Approximately six to eight weeks after surgery, the swelling usually improves, and most patients can return to work within two weeks of surgery.
The surgeon will advise you on scar maturation strategies and when you might expect to drive again (typically two weeks after surgery). Physical exercise can normally resume three to four weeks after surgery.
Mr Patrick Tansley MD FRCS (Plast) and Dr Sugitha Seneviratne FRACS (Plast) provide second opinion to patients seeking to address previous cosmetic plastic surgery problems and revisions for already ‘botched’ surgery. If you would like a second opinion on previously undertaken surgery, book a consultation to discuss this with one or both of our surgeons.
As the privacy of our patients is of the utmost importance to us, we do not provide before and after photos on our website. You will be shown a number of before and after images during your private consultation to illustrate the potential outcomes of surgery. These images have been provided by previous patients who have consented to their private use.