Breast Reduction Brisbane

Removing excess breast tissue, reshaping and lifting the breasts.

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Brisbane

Treatment Overview

Breast reduction can be a life-changing procedure for many women, as it reduces the size of overly large, heavy breasts.

While many women long for larger breasts, those with very large breasts often wish the opposite. Overly large breasts can cause a number of health concerns and emotional problems in women.

Women with excessively large breasts often find that they struggle to find clothing that fits properly and may feel that their breasts make them look overweight.

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In addition, large, heavy breasts can limit your physical activity and even lead to health problems, such as back, shoulder and neck pain, poor posture and skin irritation.

If the size of your breasts is impacting your quality of life, it may be time to consider a breast reduction. This procedure is designed to alleviate physical and emotional discomforts by removing excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin.

Breast Reduction Before and After Gallery

Breast Reduction Patients of Dr Justin Perron

Surgery

Before surgery

Successfully reducing, reshaping, and lifting the breasts starts with being in good health before the procedure. If you are considering 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.

The Procedure

Breast reduction surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes a couple of hours to complete. The incision method that is used will be discussed with you prior to your surgery. Once Dr Perron makes the necessary incisions, he will remove excess skin, fat and tissue from your breasts. He will also reposition the nipple and, if needed, reduce the size of the areola by excising skin at the perimeter. Dr Perron will then close your incisions with sutures layered in the breast tissue.

After Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes a couple of hours to complete. The incision method that is used will be discussed with you prior to your surgery. Once Dr Perron makes the necessary incisions, he will remove excess skin, fat and tissue from your breasts. He will also reposition the nipple and, if needed, reduce the size of the areola by excising skin at the perimeter. Dr Perron will then close your incisions with sutures layered in the breast tissue.

Recovery

Following your breast reduction, you can expect a few weeks of downtime. Some swelling and bruising is common but should subside within a few days. While you will experience some pain, Dr Perron will prescribe pain medication that should help.

Most patients will need to take at least a week off from work – 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 soon after surgery to prevent deep vein thrombosis, lung complications like pulmonary embolism and to maintain your overall fitness. However, Dr Perron will give you very clear post-operative care instructions before you go into surgery.

Costs

How much does a breast reduction cost in Brisbane?

The cost of breast reduction can vary significantly between patients. Most reduction mammoplasty procedures start at around $10,000, however, to receive the most accurate quote, we recommend discussing your aesthetic goals with Dr Perron during a consultation.

The price of your breast reduction surgery can be divided into three main cost components: surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist’s fees and hospital fees.

Surgeon’s fees

Firstly, Dr Perron will charge a fee to perform your breast reduction procedure. Surgeon’s fees can differ greatly from surgeon to surgeon, depending on factors such as their professional qualifications, experience and recognition. The fee Dr Perron charges you may vary, depending on the complexity of your procedure.

Anaesthetist’s fees

Dr Perron performs all breast reduction surgery under general anaesthesia and works with only the most qualified anaesthetists to ensure your safety and comfort during the procedure. You will be given an estimation of your anaesthetist fees prior to your breast reduction.

Hospital fees

You will also need to pay a fee for the use of hospital facilities. Dr Perron performs all surgeries at the Mater Public and Private hospitals in South Brisbane. If you have your breast reduction as a day procedure, your hospital fees will only include the time spent in the operating theatre and the time it takes to recover from anaesthesia. If you require an overnight stay, you will need to pay additional fees.

Unlike other breast surgeries, which are usually performed for cosmetic reasons, breast reduction is sometimes considered a medically necessary procedure. If this is the case for you, you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare or your private health insurance. A breast reduction may be considered a medical requirement if it is performed to alleviate migraine headaches, skin irritation, back, neck and shoulder pain, or shortness of breath. If you are hoping to receive reimbursement, you will need to get a referral from your GP before booking a consultation with Dr Perron.

Breast reduction risks

As with any operative procedure, there are risks involved with having a breast reduction. Some of the specific risks associated with breast reduction include the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Wound healing problems
  • Scarring
  • Blood clots
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Breast asymmetry
  • 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 breast reduction. Dr Perron can discuss your specific circumstances and expectations and help decide what is best for you following a consultation.

FAQs

What are the main reasons for choosing breast reduction surgery?

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.

Who is a suitable candidate for breast reduction surgery?

You may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery if you are deeply unhappy with the appearance of your breasts and experience physical and emotional discomforts due to their size. To be considered for surgery, you will need to be in good physical and mental health. You should also not be pregnant or breastfeeding, and your breasts should be fully developed. Before pursuing surgery, you must have realistic expectations regarding what breast reduction can achieve. To best determine whether you may be a candidate for breast reduction, we advise visiting Dr Perron for a consultation.

What can I expect during my breast reduction consultation?

If you are considering breast reduction surgery, your first step is to book a consultation with Dr Perron. This appointment is your opportunity to discuss the concerns you have with your appearance and the results you wish to achieve through surgery. Dr Perron recognises that this can be daunting for many women and aims to keep you comfortable during your entire consultation.

After reviewing your medical history, Dr Perron will examine your breasts and take pre-operative photographs. He will discuss your surgical options and give detailed information regarding the procedure steps, recovery period and complications to be aware of. Be sure to come into your breast reduction consultation with lots of questions so that you can leave feeling confident about your choice to go ahead with the procedure.

How do I prepare for breast reduction surgery?

During your consultation, Dr Perron will give you specific pre-operative instructions. To prevent surgical complications and optimise results, he will advise that you quit smoking and may suggest adjusting certain medications. Dr Perron will also give you clear instructions on what to do the day before your procedure regarding fasting, showering and what to bring with you to the hospital. For your safety, you must strictly adhere to Dr Perron’s advice.

We also suggest that you take steps before surgery to prepare for your recovery. This could include setting up a cosy area in your home, purchasing some comfortable clothing and filling any needed prescriptions in advance. You will also need to arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital after surgery and, if possible, someone to help with tasks at home for the first few days.

Does breast reduction surgery hurt?

Breast reduction is carried out under general anaesthesia, which means that patients won’t be in pain during the procedure. However, there can be some discomfort during the recovery period. Dr Perron will be able to advise you on how you can minimise pain and discomfort after surgery. Most of the discomfort will have subsided after the first week.

Is recovery from this procedure painful?

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.

How long does it take to recover from surgery?

The breast reduction recovery process is about six weeks. During the first week, patients will experience the most bruising, swelling and discomfort, but you can manage this 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.

How soon can I exercise following breast reduction surgery?

You may begin light exercise approximately two weeks after your procedure and work up to your regular exercise routine after six weeks. You must refrain from doing any heavy lifting during the first six weeks after your procedure because of the impact this will have on your breasts.

What can I expect from breast reduction surgery?

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, Dr Perron will remove them 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.

Do I have to have general anaesthesia?

For both your safety and comfort, breast reduction surgery is always performed under a general anaesthetic. Medicines will be used to send you to sleep to ensure that you do not feel any pain during the procedure. You will wake up after surgery with no recollection of what happened.

Are breast reduction results permanent?

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.

What incision will Dr Perron use for my breast reduction?

Depending on the amount of excess tissue, skin and fat that needs to be removed, Dr Perron will likely use one of two incision techniques: the lollipop or anchor method.

The vertical, or lollipop, method requires two incisions: one around the edge of the areola and another vertical incision from the areola down to the bottom of the breast. Through these incisions, Dr Perron will remove excess tissue and fat whilst tightening the remaining skin. This technique is best suited for patients with mild to moderately large breasts.

The inverted-T, or anchor, method requires three incisions. In addition to the two incisions used in the lollipop method, Dr Perron will also make a third incision along the crease of the breast. This technique allows Dr Perron to remove even more tissue, fat and skin, making it a better choice for patients with significant breast size and sagging.

How long until I can see the final results?

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.

Does breast reduction surgery cause scars?

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.

How long do I wear a compression garment for after a breast reduction?

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.

Will I lose nipple sensation after my breast reduction?

It is common to lose sensation in the breast and nipple after breast reduction surgery, however, this is often only temporary. Permanent loss of nipple sensation is very rare. Most sensation lost will return within two to three months after surgery, depending on the surgical technique used. If you are concerned about the possibility of sensation loss, please discuss this with Dr Perron during your consultation.

I want to have children in the future. Will I be able to breastfeed after a breast reduction?

Although there are no guarantees, most women can breastfeed their children after having a breast reduction. However, this will depend on whether your nipple is removed completely or just moved. The more nipple and milk ducts left attached, the more likely you will be able to breastfeed. While severed milk ducts can reattach, it may affect how much milk is produced. If you do have hopes of breastfeeding one day, please let Dr Perron know during your consultation in case he needs to alter his surgical techniques. Of course, some women cannot breastfeed at all, regardless of whether or not they have had breast surgery.

If possible, Dr Perron may suggest that you wait until you have finished having children before considering breast reduction surgery. Even if your ability to breastfeed is not impacted, pregnancy and breastfeeding can significantly change the appearance of your breasts, possibly leading to the need for further surgery.

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