Have you been experiencing back, neck, or shoulder pain because of your overly large breasts? Do you feel embarrassed and bothered by how big your breasts look? Do your excessively large breasts draw unwanted attention because they are no longer proportioned to your body? If you answered yes to these questions, maybe it is time for you to consider breast reduction surgery.
Breast reduction surgery: What is it?
Simply put, this type of breast procedure removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin that make your breasts look overly large. When performed successfully, this procedure accurately reshapes and balances out your breasts to fit your body build.
Breast reduction surgery: What are the different techniques?
Though the whole operation follows the same step-by-step procedure in reducing the size of the breasts, there are many ways a plastic surgeon can perform this surgery.
Lollipop or Vertical incision. The plastic surgeon makes surgical incisions around the areola or the dark pigmented part of the breast around the nipple. Another incision made vertically connects the circular cut around the areola to the underside of the breast, thus, creating a lollipop image.
Anchor or Inverted T incision. This approach has three connected incisions – the incisions similar to the lollipop incision plus a cut along the breast crease, giving your plastic surgeon plenty of working space to reshape your breasts.
Liposuction. Some plastic surgeons opt to use less invasive techniques in reducing the breast size and choose liposuction instead. This method is the more conservative type of breast reduction where small incisions on inconspicuous parts of the breasts are made to accommodate insertion of a thin cannula that sucks off excess fatty tissues. Though it removes excess breast fat, the skin and glandular tissues are not addressed using this approach.
Breast reduction surgery: How is it performed?
Generally, breast reduction surgery starts after the administration of general anaesthesia. The plastic surgeon makes an incision depending on the type of breast reduction you wish to undergo. This incision is where he can remove the excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin you have on your breasts. The surgeon may also reposition the nipple to complement the new shape and size of your breasts. Sutures inside the breasts add support for the reduced breasts and stitches to close the cut finish the surgery.
Breast reduction surgery: What should I consider before undergoing the procedure?
Potential risks and complications. Like any other surgical procedures, breast reduction surgery also comes with risks and complications. Surgery-related complications include infection, bleeding, or formation of blood clots. You may also expect the loss of sensation around the breasts, scarring, and asymmetry post-surgery. Some even associate breast reduction surgery to experiencing breastfeeding difficulty in the future. Discuss these potential concerns with your plastic surgeon so you would know his treatment plan on how to avoid these circumstances.
Your expectations. Trimming your anticipated results and building realistic expectations of how your breasts would look and feel after surgery is essential in achieving satisfaction post-operation. If you have unreachable expectations from the start, no matter how successful your operation has been, you will still feel dissatisfied of the procedure, prompting you to be discontent and resort to other unnecessary measures like revision surgery and more.
The cost of the surgery. The price range of breast reduction surgery in Australia goes from $7000 to $13000. This price estimate already includes the surgeon’s and anaesthetist’s fees, hospital fee, and the routine post-operative follow-ups. If your reason for having the breast reduction surgery is covered by Medicare or other health funds, some of the total costs may be refunded or reimbursed. Contact your insurance provider and your surgeon for more details.
Looking and feeling great about yourself should not depend only on your physical appearance. What is important is your overall outlook in life. If you think breast reduction surgery can help you improve your self-confidence and how you interact with other people, no one should stop you from doing so. Just remember to consult an expert plastic surgeon whose experience with the procedure entitles him credible to recommend an effective solution and approach for you.