Breast Reduction

Women with disproportionately large breasts may cause embarrassment about their body profile. Large, heavy breasts can also cause physical discomfort, including back and neck pain, and irritation and infections in the skin beneath the breast. Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat and tissue from the breast area, creating a more proportionate body contour and easing those uncomfortable symptoms. Dr Thomas offers breast reduction options at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery for both aesthetic and medical purposes.

Candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery

You may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery if you have any of the following concerns:

  • Disproportionately large breasts that diminish your self-confidence
  • Embarrassment when wearing some types of clothing due to the size of your breasts
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain from the weight of your breasts
  • Skin irritation, rashes and infections in the breast crease
  • Pain from bra straps digging into the shoulders
  • Difficulty finding clothing that fits properly
  • You suffer from poor posture or have difficulty breathing as a result of your breast size

Dr Thomas may recommend breast reduction alone, or he may suggest combining the procedure with a breast lift to give you the best possible results.

About the Procedure
Breast reduction surgery is performed by Dr Thomas under general anaesthesia. Incision placement is dependent on how much tissue and skin need to be removed and whether the nipple and areola need to be repositioned. In some cases, liposuction may be used during the procedure to remove small amounts of excess tissue and isolated fat deposits. Breast reduction surgery usually takes between 2-3 hours to perform and patients generally spend a couple of nights in the hospital before returning home.

See Before and Afters

What to Expect after Surgery
After breast reduction surgery, you will be given a compression garment that reduces swelling and helps the breasts heal. Oral pain medication is also prescribed to help keep you comfortable in the days following your surgery. Swelling subsides quickly, so that you can get an accurate idea of your new breast size. Most patients are back to regular activities within 1-2 weeks. Results of breast reduction surgery are considered permanent, as long as a healthy weight is maintained after the procedure.

Breast reduction surgery allows you to improve your body contour, while eliminating painful symptoms that often accompany very large, heavy breasts. To learn more about this procedure, contact Dr Thomas on 03 9034 7738 today.