Breast reduction is designed to relieve the physical discomfort often associated with large breasts and to enhance the overall appearance of the breasts.
What is Breast REDUCTION Surgery?
A breast reduction may be a good option if you experience many of the symptoms of heavy breasts. These can include breast discomfort, neck, back and shoulder pain, skin irritation underneath the breast fold, indentations from bra straps, difficulty fitting certain clothes or discomfort during exercise.
During a breast reduction procedure, the surgeon removes excess breast tissue and skin, resulting in smaller breasts. The methods of reduction and reshaping vary and depend on the patient’s breast size, needs and expectations.
FOUR LOCATIONS ONE EXPERIENCED TEAM
Suite 2.02 550 Stanley St Mater Private Clinic South Brisbane QLD 4101
We require a GP referral for all surgical procedures. Please book in with your GP to discuss and obtain a referral.
After referral, you will have two consultations with our team prior to booking in your procedure. The first consultation will be with the surgeon who will be performing your procedure and will be in-person – this is a great time to discuss the specifics of your situation, the outcomes you are hoping to achieve, your personal health and lifestyle concerns and attributes, along with all possible treatment options, the recovery process and any risks involved. Your second consultation may be with your surgeon again, or could be with another of our team who is qualified to consult on your treatment. At least one consultation must be in-person at one of our practices.
After your two consultation appointments, you can provide signed consent for the decided upon treatment and your procedure will be booked in. There is a 7 day cooling off period from the day of your signed consent.
If you are under the age of 18 years, please contact us directly to discuss your consultation process as it will differ to the process for adult patients.
3. THE PROCEDURE
During breast reduction plastic surgery, fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed from the breasts. This results in smaller, lighter and higher breasts. Breast reduction may help a woman’s breasts become more proportionate with the rest of her body.
4. POST PROCEDURE CARE
We recommend a 1-2 night hospital stay after your surgery and that you take at least 2 weeks off work to recover adequately.
Bruising and swelling is to be expected for the first 2-3 weeks after your operation. And a garment will be fitted after your surgery which is required to be worn for 6 weeks. Gym and vigorous exercise is not recommended for 6 weeks. Driving is not recommended for 10 days after your surgery.
RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
Potential risks associated with the procedure comprise bleeding and infection (<5%).
Should significant bleeding occur, it may require a return to the operating room for necessary repair.
Additional important considerations:
You should expect to observe a scar after the surgery, although it typically fades over time.
If you are fit, healthy and capable of undergoing a general anaesthetic, this surgery may be suitable for you. Our experienced team will work with you to understand your unique goals and needs to ensure this surgery is suitable for you.
The ideal preparation is to stay fit and healthy by maintaining a good diet, with good sleep, minimising alcohol intake and not smoking.
Please make an appointment to discuss costs in detail.
There are many low-cost options both in Australia and overseas and great care should be taken when dealing with a surgeon who is not an ASPS / AHPRA / FRACS recognised Plastic Surgeon.
Unfortunately, many patients confuse plastic surgeons with cosmetic surgeons (as recently mentioned in the ABC Four Corners report).
Always ask your surgeon about their experience. We recommend that you ensure your plastic surgeon has undertaken over 12 years of post-medical specialist training. It’s also recommended to always seek second opinions if you have concerns. Ultimately you should feel comfortable with the surgeon you are seeing.
Plastic Surgery Queensland advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.