Excessively large breasts can be a physical and emotional burden for many women. Back, neck and shoulder pain can cause short and long-term health concerns. Lifestyle can be severely restricted. Self-esteem can be lowered. Breast reduction surgery can offer an opportunity to have your breasts re-sized to be in proportion with your body.
When preparing for breast reduction surgery at Queensland Plastic Surgery, you will be offered the opportunity to meet with your surgeon beforehand. As well as this, you will have access to their consultant to discuss the procedure. It’s important that you research and prepare some questions so that you can understand the surgery you are embarking on. Our surgeons will always take the time to discuss any concerns you have.
Here is a list of some basic questions to ask in your pre-surgical consultations. The answers vary for each patient, so make sure you speak to your surgeon and Queensland Plastic Surgery team directly.
Am I a suitable candidate?
There are a number of factors that may prevent someone from being a candidate for breast reduction surgery. Your medical history will be key to determining whether it is appropriate for you to undergo this surgery. There are a number of medical conditions that may be of concern. These include lumps or masses in your breast, clotting disorders, diabetes and heart or circulatory disorders, to name just a few. Your surgeon will need to understand your medical history to make sure there are no risks for you.
Lifestyle factors can also play a part in your suitability for breast reduction surgery. Smokers are more likely to experience complications. If you do, your surgeon may be prepared to proceed but will want to discuss a timeframe for quitting. Being healthy is important for any surgery is healthy, so your surgeon will also want to discuss your overall lifestyle.
There can also be complications performing breast reduction surgery in those who are significantly overweight. Obesity increases health complications for any surgery. It also will make it difficult for your surgeon to get the best outcome for you from your breast reduction surgery if there is a large amount of fatty tissue. Significant future weight loss can also affect the outcome of your breast reduction surgery, so you may be better off delaying.
Your Queensland Plastic Surgery surgeon will be the best person to discuss your personal situation with you. You may well be able to proceed despite some of the above concerns. They will be able to look into your medical history and lifestyle to make sure that you are a good candidate for this surgery.
How will you perform the procedure?
Breast reduction surgery generally takes place by removing fat, glandular tissue and skin through incisions on your breasts. There are, however, a number of different ways that this can be performed. Liposuction can potentially be used for women seeking only a small reduction in breast size. If suitable, this can mean lower risk and side effects. If a full breast reduction surgery is required, there are then different types of incisions, different requirements for moving the nipple or areola, among other variations.
How your breast reduction surgery is performed will be determined by a number of factors. These include your body type and breast shape, the outcome you are looking for, how significant a change you require, and the surgeon’s preference. You should understand your procedure before it takes place, as with any surgery. It is important that you discuss the exact technique that your surgeon intends to use in your consultation.
How will breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?
If children might be in your future, it’s important that you discuss this with your Queensland Plastic Surgery surgeon. There are some considerations to be aware of, including any potential changes to the outcome of your surgery as a result of your breasts changing during pregnancy. Breastfeeding is one area of particular concern for many patients.
Put simply, breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery is certainly possible. The risk is that nerves and milk-producing ducts and glands may be damaged in the process. These days, though, there are techniques to minimise this possibility. Breast reduction surgery often involves re-positioning the nipple and areola. Surgical techniques exist however that don’t require the complete severing of the nipple. These are most likely to ensure you will still be able to breastfeed.
Is breast reduction the right procedure for me?
The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are those with large, sagging breasts. You may find that there other procedures that will be best to give you your ideal breasts. Sagging breasts are a problem for many women, however their breasts are not necessarily out of proportion with their body. In this situation, a breast lift, rather than a reduction, may be your best option. Discussing your desired outcome with your Queensland Plastic Surgeon will help you decide on the best procedure to achieve it.
What outcome should I expect?
Make sure that you discuss with your Queensland Plastic Surgery surgeon exactly what you are looking for. Every woman has a different idea of what they consider ideal breasts. Communicate what you hope to achieve with your surgeon so that you can discuss what to expect. Breast reduction can enhance your appearance, your comfort and your self-confidence. But the best candidates for any breast surgery are those looking for improvement, not perfection. Asking your surgeon about the realistic outcome will help you know exactly what to expect after surgery.
The more you understand your procedure and the outcomes you can expect from it, the better you’ll feel about undergoing it. This list is just a starting point – research and come up with your own questions to ask in your consultation. Your Queensland Plastic Surgery surgeon will want you to feel as comfortable about your surgery as possible, and will be happy to take the time to discuss each aspect of it with you.