Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Brisbane

Surgery

Before Surgery

The goal of reducing, reshaping, and lifting the breasts, starts with being in good health and fitness before the procedure. If you are considering a breast reduction as part of a weight loss program, getting to an ‘ideal’ weight before surgery ensures optimal results after the procedure. Being in shape before the procedure ensures best results and a quicker recovery.

Procedure

Breast reduction surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, and usually takes a couple of hours. Some patients prefer to stay overnight, but most patients are comfortable to go home after the procedure. There are sometimes drains, and they are removed within a few days. The dressings placed will need to remain in place until you are seen post-operatively. You will have a garment that will need to be worn for several weeks after your surgery.

Recovery

Recovery for breast reduction can take a few weeks. Some pain is common, but subsides with a few days. It usually takes a few weeks before returning to work, and a few months before returning to any high impact exercise. Low impact exercise is encouraged after surgery to prevent DVTs, lung complications like PEs, and to keep your overall fitness.

Risks

As with any operative procedure, there are risks involved. The most common complications are minor bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, and some pain. The specific risks with breast reduction include the following:

  • Asymmetry
  • Loss of sensation in nipple and areola
  • Loss of nipple and areola tissue
  • Reduced ability to breast feed
  • Early or late drop of the breasts (bottoming-out)
  • Raised or lumpy scars

Not everyone is a good candidate for a breast reduction. Dr Perron can discuss your specific circumstances and expectations, and help decide what is best for you.

FAQs

Yes, breast reduction surgery is considered to be permanent. However, If you gain weight, the remaining fat cells can enlarge and swell. Likewise, if you fall pregnant, the tissues will swell or take on fluid and store milk. Hormonal changes can also affect the amount of breast tissue.

Although all patients are different, generally swelling will subside within a week or two. You may also experience bruising, however this should also decrease as swelling subsides. If you feel severe pain following the procedure, it is important you contact us immediately.

You may begin light exercise approximately two weeks after your procedure and work up to your regular exercise routine after six weeks. It is important that you do not do any heavy lifting within six weeks of your procedure.