Whilst many of us would like a little more in the breast department, for those who’ve had to manage large or oversized breasts since a young age, it can be a massive burden. Not only can it bring embarrassment but it can cause physical pain and discomfort that can affect your whole life. Dr Justin Perron, Plastic Surgeon based in Brisbane QLD has a wealth of experience with breast reductions and talks us through the benefits and process of breast reduction surgery.
Also known as a reduction mammoplasty, a breast reduction removes excess breast fat, tissue and skin to achieve a more proportional and comfortable breast size. There are many reasons why you might have a breast reduction. Some of these are:
- Social awkwardness
- Intimacy issues
- Fear to partake in sports or social activities
- Hurtful comments from others, sexual innuendos, etc.
- Physical pain – large breasts can cause neck, back and shoulder pain
- Bad posture
- Skin irritation or infections under the breasts – they can rub
- Trouble finding clothes/bras to fit – bras can cut into your shoulders/skin
The Breast Reduction Procedure
A Breast Reduction is performed under a general anesthetic and takes approximately 2 hours. Recovery can take a few weeks and during this time it is suggested you do not partake in any high impact exercise.
Dr Perron suggests that the goal of reducing, reshaping and lifting your breasts starts with being in good health and fitness before the procedure. “If you are considering a breast reduction as part of a weight loss program, getting to an ‘ideal’ weight before surgery ensures optimal results after the procedure. Being in shape before the procedure ensures best results and a quicker recovery. Breast reduction surgery is considered to be permanent. However, If you gain weight, the remaining fat cells can enlarge and swell. Likewise, if you fall pregnant, the tissues will swell or take on fluid and store milk. Hormonal changes can also affect the amount of breast tissue.”
As with any breast surgery there is a risk of the loss of sensation in your nipple and areola and a small risk you may have a reduced capacity to breast feed. Some surgeons suggest breast reduction might be best left until after you have children, however many women with chronic back or shoulder pain and where their lives are completely ruled by their bigger breasts will not want to wait that long. If you are looking at having a breast reduction before you start your family, communicate with your surgeon to come up with a plan to minimise these risks.
Dr Perron is well known for his approachable, kind and professional manner and has helped women all around Australia reduce the size of their boobs so they are more comfortable in their own skin and can live the lives they want. Check out some real stories from his patients below. If you’d like to arrange a consultation with him phone (07) 3010 3300, or to find a surgeon near you who performs breast reductions click here.