Successfully reducing, reshaping, and lifting the breasts starts with being in good health before the procedure. If you are considering a breast reduction as part of a weight loss program, getting to your ‘ideal’ weight before surgery ensures optimal results after the procedure. In addition, if you are a smoker, you will need to stop smoking six to eight weeks before your surgery as this will reduce the risk of complications.
Breast reduction surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes a couple of hours to complete. Once Dr Perron makes the necessary incisions, excess tissue will be removed – the nipples can also be repositioned if necessary. The incision method that is used will be discussed with you prior to your surgery.
Some patients prefer to stay overnight, but most patients are comfortable to go home after the procedure. However, you will need someone available to transport you. Sometimes, drains are inserted into the breasts, but they are removed within a few days if Dr Perron is satisfied with your progress. Your dressings will need to remain in place until you are seen postoperatively. You will also have a garment that will need to be worn for several weeks after your surgery. This compression garment will provide your breasts with the necessary support, while also reducing any swelling after surgery.
Breast reduction recovery will take several weeks. Some pain is common, but this should subside with a few days. Most patients will need to be at home for at least a week – more if they have a physically-demanding job. High-impact exercise will only be possible after several months. On the other hand, low impact exercise is encouraged after surgery to prevent DVTs, lung complications like PEs, and to maintain your overall fitness.
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:
- Loss of sensation in nipple and areola
- Loss of nipple and areola tissue
- Reduced ability to breastfeed
- 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 following a consultation.
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Breast Reduction Patients of Dr Justin Perron
Yes, breast reduction surgery is considered to be permanent. However, if you gain weight, the remaining fat cells can enlarge and swell, which can change the shape of your breasts. 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 that’s present.
All patients are different, and swelling and discomfort will generally subside within a week or two. You may also experience bruising, however, this should decrease as the swelling subsides. If you experience severe pain following the procedure, it is important that you contact us immediately as this could be a sign of infection.
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 refrain from doing any heavy lifting during the first six weeks after your procedure because of the impact this will have on your breasts.
A general anaesthetic will be administered prior to your surgery, which will take anywhere from two to five hours to complete. While a hospital stay is not necessary, some patients do choose to spend the night. However, it is fine to recover at home should Dr Perron feel comfortable discharging you. While drains will be inserted after your surgery, they will be removed again several days later. All dressings should be kept clean and in place until your post-operative appointment. A compression garment also needs to be worn for several weeks to ensure the best possible outcome.
The breast reduction recovery process is about six weeks. During the first week, patients will experience the most bruising, swelling and discomfort, but this can be managed with pain medication. Low-impact exercise such as walking is encouraged as this will keep your fitness levels up and help prevent potential complications such as DVT.
All surgical procedures carry a degree of risk, including breast reduction surgery. Bleeding, pain, wound healing complications and infection are all potential risks. Other potential risks include a loss of nipples or breast sensation, raised scars and asymmetry. However, with the help of a skilled surgeon such as Dr Perron and by following the necessary aftercare instructions, complications can be avoided.
Women who have larger breasts that are out of proportion with the rest of their body can experience pain and discomfort. Breast reduction surgery may be a way to rectify problems such as back pain and can encourage better posture. In addition, patients often choose this surgery if they have confidence issues and want to feel better about their bodies.
Recovery after breast reduction surgery is a gradual process. It can take a number of weeks for swelling and bruising to subside. The breasts can also take several months to heal completely. After about 12 months, the results of your breast reduction surgery will be more obvious. Any scarring will gradually fade throughout your recovery process too.
As with most surgical procedures, there may be some scarring after breast reduction surgery. Where they are located will depend on the incision method used by Dr Perron. However, every effort is made to make sure scars are as small and discreet as possible. Scars will start to fade about a year after surgery – the proper wound care will also make a significant difference to scar visibility.
All patients will require a special garment after breast reduction surgery. The purpose of this garment is to reduce swelling. It can also improve the healing process, which will produce better results. Normally, the garment is only worn for six weeks but Dr Perron will advise you on how long you’ll need to wear it.
Most breast reduction procedures start at $10,000, but there are different factors that need to be taken into account. The final cost of the procedure will depend on surgeon, hospital and anaesthetist fees. If you want a very specific cost, patients should also take aftercare expenses into account. Since a breast reduction surgery often performed for medical reasons, there is a high chance that some of the costs will be covered by Medicare. You can speak to Dr Perron about this possibility during your consultation.