One of Perth’s most experienced plastic surgeons, Dr. Chris Allen and his team provide breast reduction surgery to relieve pain, discomfort and frustration with large, heavy or sagging breasts. Patients come to us for breast reduction surgery in Perth to restore mobility and alleviate pressure and pain. Ideal candidates include:
- Patients with breasts that are too large or out of proportion for their frame
- Patients with enlarged, heavy or sagging breasts that cause neck, back or shoulder pain – often leaving shoulder grooves from bra straps under pressure
- Patients with large nipples and areolae that point downwards below the breast crease
- Patients who desire more comfortable breasts that alleviate pain and fit better in clothing
- Patients who feel like they’re restricted from participating in activities and exercise due to the size and weight of breasts
- Patients who experience self consciousness or dissatisfaction over their breast size
Breast reduction surgery takes approximately three hours and begins with a general anaesthesia. Usually two to three incisions are made depending on the size and contour of the breast. One incision is made around the areola, another runs vertically from the areola to the crease underneath the breast and a third short incision, following the curve of the breast – known as a T incision – may be necessary.
Excess skin and breast tissue are removed. The nipples and areolae are elevated to higher positions and are also sometimes reduced in diameter. Incisions are then sutured with buried, dissolving sutures. Soft, small drains are used for the first two days to remove excess fluid.
Following your breast reduction, you’re able to return home after one to two days and shower after the second. Mild pain may be experienced during the first two days, however is controllable by medications and often disappears after the third day. Bruising, if any, is generally very mild. Swelling will be mild to moderate for the first few days, but should begin to disappear after a week.
Due to the procedure and anaesthetic, you may feel a little drowsy for the first couple of days and more tired than usual for around ten days. You should expect to resume many activities within the first week following your surgery and most normal activities after three weeks. We recommend taking one to two weeks off work.
As all sutures will dissolve naturally, there is no additional requirement to have any sutures removed.
Following your breast reduction surgery, your breasts will feel significantly lighter and more comfortable. Back, neck and shoulder pain should start to reduce and may eventually disappear all together. Breasts will appear elevated, balanced and in proportion to the rest of the body.
The appearance of breasts will improve over the next three months. Breasts will appear more natural and balanced, fitting better into clothing. By removing excess heaviness from your breasts, you’ll feel lighter and pain will subside. You’ll be able to engage in strenuous activity and exercise more comfortably.