Overly large breasts can cause back and neck pain, skin rashes, problems fitting clothes and may get in the way of sporting activities. Reduction Mammoplasty surgery gets rid of the weight and reshapes the breast. This operation has a very high patient satisfaction rate with a fairly low risk.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the risks?
Bleeding (hematoma) and infection are rare. Delayed healing or nipple necrosis is unlikely – less than 1%. There is loss of nipple sensation in approximately 25% of cases. Problems related to breast shape or excessive scarring are possible but overall this is a low risk operation.
Will it change my risk of cancer?
Your risks do not change. The tissue removed is analyzed and if abnormalities are detected other treatment may be necessary. Mammograms are still possible and are still a valuable test.
Will there be scars?
Yes, this operation leaves permanent scars usually in the shape of an anchor – around the nipple, vertically down to the fold and then across the breast fold where a bra underwire would be.
Can I breast feed?
At least half of the time breast feeding is not possible after breast reduction.
What about recovery?
This is not a very painful operation. Bandages are necessary for a week and sutures dissolve. Generally you can return to most activities in 2 weeks.
How is it done?
This surgery is performed under general anaesthetic usually in a hospital setting. As long as a significant amount of tissue is removed this operation is covered by health care. The breast is marked prior to surgery to determine the new nipple location and how much skin will be removed. The nipple remains attached to a pedicle or ‘stalk’ which provides its blood supply. Excess breast, fat and skin are removed. The nipple is lifted on its stalk and the remaining skin and breast tissue are wrapped around it to reshape the breast.