BREAST REDUCTION

This procedure is performed at St John Of God Hospital, Geelong

ABOUT BREAST REDUCTION

A breast reduction is an operation performed to reduce the size of one or both breasts. It is performed under a general anaesthetic and the operation takes 2-3 hours and Dr Rahdon usually performs this as a day case and very rarely uses drains. There are different technical ways the operation can be carried out depending on a number of individual factors, and this determines the extent and location of the scars on the breast. In general, in all breast reduction operations the nipple is moved to a higher, more youthful position and the wounds are stitched with dissolving sutures, and covered with light dressings. The scars are shaped like an inverted “T” shape and include a circular scar around the nipple/areoalar complex, a vertical scar passing from the nipple to underneath the breast, which joins a long curved scar passing in the breast fold. In some individuals, it is possible to perform the surgery without the scar in the breast fold, leaving only a circular scar around the nipple and a vertical scar. This is called the short scar technique.

This is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures and has high patient satisfaction and low complication rate.

BREAST REDUCTION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Not everyone is suitable for a breast reduction. Suitability is a matter for you and Mr Rahdon to discuss, following a thorough analysis of your medical history and a thorough clinical consultation. In general you will have to be in good health and be in a healthy weight range.

The surgery visually improves the contour and shape of the breast and places the nipple in a more youthful position leaving the final size and shape of the breast more in keeping with the rest of the body frame. The operation reduces the sensation of heaviness in the breasts and it often improves symptoms of neck and shoulder pain but this is not guaranteed. The operation is very successful at increasing patient confidence and improving self esteem. Patients who have had a breast reduction enjoy participating in sport and being able to wear clothes and swimwear that they would have previously been too embarrassed to wear.

There will be a circular scar around the nipple/areolar complex and a vertical scar passing from the nipple scar down to the breast fold. Depending on which technique of breast reduction you are suitable for, these will either be the only scars or else you will have an additional curved scar along the breast fold. All scars are designed to be hidden under the average bra or bikini top. During your consultation, Mr Rahdon will discuss with you whether you are suitable for the longer scar technique or the shorter vertical scar technique.

The operation is usually not very painful. While in hospital strong painkillers can be given to keep you comfortable. We will give you tablets to take when you go home to keep you comfortable.

Following surgery, you should wear a firm sports bra for six weeks. Depending on your job you can usually return to work for light duties after two weeks. By six weeks you should be able to return to full activities including sport.

You will notice an immediate change after a breast reduction. However, there will be some bruising and swelling which may last several weeks. The scars will undergo colour and texture changes over a period usually varying from 6 months to 2 years. The breast shape will change a little over the next 12 months and the final result can usually be judged at around 1 year following surgery. The results of a breast reduction are long lasting provided your operation is done at an age when your breasts have stopped growing. Large changes in weight and further pregnancies can lead to a change is breast size and shape, and the normal age related effects on skin elasticity can lead to a development of loose skin and a drooping of the breast tissue.

Complications are not common after breast reduction surgery. During your initial consultation Mr Rahdon will have a full discussion with you about the risks and complications of surgery. You will be given an information leaflet about breast reduction surgery which includes complications and if you decide to go ahead with surgery, these risks will again be discussed as part of the consenting process. Fortunately, with correct patient selection and appropriate procedure selection, the risks are kept to an absolute minimum. It is important that you should be reassured that Mr Rahdon will not agree to perform any cosmetic procedure on you unless he feels the benefits significantly outweigh the risks.

A Breast Reduction is an operation performed to reduce and lift one or both breasts. Dr Rahdon is a specialist in this type of surgery and is dedicated to giving his patients a feminine shape as well as reduced size.

Women with excessively large breasts desire not only an improvement in breast size and shape but also an improvement in lifestyle. These women may suffer from a range of debilitating physical symptoms such as back pain, neck and shoulder pain, restriction in physical exercise and everyday activities. Finding appropriately sized bras and clothing can be a problem as can maintaining hygiene under the breast. Some women develop very large breasts at an early age but in others it is a problem that occurs following pregnancy. Oversized breasts can have a huge effect on self-esteem. The good news is that this can all be changed with a single procedure!

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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