Breast reduction surgery is commonly performed to reduce the size and weight of large breasts, and to improve breast shape and nipple positioning. Women with physical discomfort due to heavy breasts may benefit from breast reduction surgery.
This operation is performed under general anaesthesia. A nerve block (PECS II block) using local anaesthetic medication is also performed by your Specialist Anaesthetist before the operation starts to provide additional pain relief both during and after your operation.
Dr Wyten’s technique for this surgery involves removing excessive breast tissue and skin, reshaping the breast and repositioning the nipple. Liposuction lateral to the breasts may also be performed if necessary to improve overall shape.
This procedure typically takes approximately 3 hours to perform in the operating theatre, and an overnight stay in hospital is often required.
Benefits of breast reduction surgery
Breast reduction surgery alters the size and shape of your breasts, and can offer the following benefits:
- Reduced breast size
- Improved breast shape
- Improved symmetry of breasts
- Repositioning of the nipple
- Areolar size can be reduced
- Reduced back and neck strain
- Improved fit of clothing
- Reduce irritated skin in the breast folds
Am I a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
It is important to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with this surgery, and to consider your natural breast size and shape, and what will suit your overall body physique.
It is also important to be in good physical and mental health, and be a non-smoker to reduce your risk of complications during and after surgery. If you are considering having breast reduction surgery, it is now an Australian requirement that you have a consultation with a General Practitioner (GP) or other specialist medical practitioner first to discuss your health, and for an appropriate referral to a surgeon.
All breast patients require screening before surgery which may involve an ultrasound, mammogram and/or MRI depending on a patient’s age and risk of future breast cancer.
What can I expect during recovery following breast reduction surgery?
It is important to follow the instructions given during your recovery, including when you can resume exercise. Following breast reduction surgery, it is common to require 3 weeks off work. You may require more time off work depending on the type of work you do. This will be discussed further with Dr Wyten during your consultation.
It is typical to have some discomfort after breast reduction surgery. You will be given instructions after your surgery on how to manage this in the first couple of weeks after surgery. You will also need to wear supportive undergarments and Dr Wyten’s preferred supportive post-surgical bras will be provided after your surgery. You may wish to purchase some additional post-surgical bras for your recovery.
Risks of breast reduction surgery
All surgery has risks, including the risks of scarring, bleeding and blood clots (deep vein thromboses and pulmonary emboli), and infection. There are also risks associated with a general anaesthetic.
Risks specific to this surgery will be discussed with you by Dr Wyten during your consultation. Written information will also be provided for you to read before you proceed with surgery. Some risks associated with this procedure include:
- Breast asymmetry
- Loss of sensation
- Nipple inversion
- Loss of nipple and areola tissue
- Reduced ability to breastfeed
- Delayed/poor wound healing
- Contour irregularities
If you experience any unusual pain, swelling or bleeding after surgery, please seek help immediately.
Choosing an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr Wyten, is the safest option when considering this type of surgery.