Breast Reduction Surgery (Reduction Mammoplasty)

Women who choose to have breast reduction surgery usually have extremely large breasts. Often the size of their breasts is out of proportion to the rest of their body. This unbalance can result in back and spinal issues, poor posture, poor body image and often pain.

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure whereby the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin is removed, resulting in smaller and firmer breasts, that are naturally supported by the body. In addition, the procedure helps ensures that the individual has a more symmetrical breast. The outcome of breast reduction surgery is an appropriate and desirable size, shape and symmetry of the breasts. If you want to know about breast reduction cost, just go to the FAQ section where you will find some information about breast reduction cost.

Prior to having the surgery you will be shown photos, showing all of the shapes and sizes of breasts imaginable. You will then go through a consultation with the plastic surgeon of your choice and you can then choose which shape and size is best suited to your body. This is not a decision to be made lightly as these are the breasts you will have ideally for a long time, so it is important to familiarize yourself with what is possible and appropriate for you.

The breast reduction surgery procedure varies with each individual plastic surgeon. Some will make an incision around the nipple and areola. Usually, plastic surgeons follow a specific pattern when removing the fat, skin and glandular tissue of the breast. Depending on the size of the original breast, the surgeon may need to move or reposition the nipple a little higher or lower, depending on the new position of the breasts. If there is a large amount of fatty tissue, the surgeon may decide that it is necessary to remove this excess fat using liposuction, which is a small vacuum procedure. If there is little fatty tissue, the surgeon may decide to remove this with a scalpel.

Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon may feel that it is necessary to insert a small plastic tube into one or both of the breasts. This is placed in order to drain any excess fluid buildup around and inside the breasts. This small tube is used to prevent any complications during the healing process and once the breasts are complication free, the tube will be removed. Some plastic surgeons choose not to use drains.

Some surgeons use a low dose of local anaesthetic so that you do not feel the removal of the tube, however, some do not. These tubes do not require surgery or any invasive procedure to be removed and are usually taken away several days after the surgery, in an outpatient appointment in the plastic surgery clinic. Once the tubes have been removed, these may require a few tiny stitches, which can be done during your appointment. These stitches are usually dissolvable, so you will not have to worry about having them removed.

It is completely normal to have minor scarring after breast reduction surgery however; it usually depends on how different the new breasts are in relation to the position and shape of the your breasts before the surgery. The normal places to find scarring is around the nipple, areola, along the crease of the breast and down the crease of the breast. Follow the instructions given to you by the surgeon and be patient, the scars are usually minimal and the results worth it.

Risks and Complications

Generally, modern day surgery is considered safe.

There are a number of potential complications and risks associated with a breast reduction procedure. These complications and risks can be both physical and mental and need to be considered prior to having the surgery. It is completely normal to be advised about the ‘general anesthetic,’ as this is the law. There are issues that can arise, when under a general anesthetic, these include; suppressed breathing, heart failure and even death. Approximately one-third of patients who receive an anaesthetic during surgery will experience “anaesthesia sickness” or post-operative nausea and vomiting (POVN).

There are also complications and risks that can arise with the procedure itself these include infection, bleeding, bruising, potential loss of feeling all over the breast and the nipple.

Having a breast reduction procedure can also reduce the chance of being able to breast feed, limit movement of your shoulder, neck and arms. Delayed wound healing is another risk and complication and can result in keloid scarring which is where the scar becomes red and raised. This kind of scarring is not aesthetically pleasing and can result in a further surgery to remove the scaring. In addition, if the blood does not manage to get around certain parts of the breast, once the breast has been reduced, this could result in parts of the breasts dying and being lost. You will need to discuss these issues with your surgeon.

There are some factors which can increase the risk of experiencing these complications and these include if the patient smokes, is obese, has poor nutrition and if the individual has undergone any surgery or radiation in the breast area prior to the breast reduction.

Q. Does my insurance cover breast reduction cost of having a breast reduction?

A. If you are going for Breast Reduction surgery, consult your insurance company as most insurance companies will pay your breast reduction cost if you can prove that it is affecting you both physically and mentally.

Q. How long will I have to stay in hospital after the surgery?

A. The normal stay is around 4 days, however if there are any complications, this may result in your hospital stay being increased.

Q. How long does the surgery take?

A. Normally, the surgery will take approximately 2 to 4 hours.

Q. Will I be in pain after the procedure?

A. Normally, individuals will experience discomfort after undergoing this procedure, however the surgeon will prescribe pain relief for you to take home.

Q. How long after the surgery will I need to have my stitches out?

A. Normally, the stitches from your breast reduction procedure will be taken approximately 7 to 10 days after the surgery.

The Day the World Was Lifted From My Shoulders November 14, 2018 - For as long as I can remember I have always had “larger than normal” breasts. From the age of 13 – I was a large E cup. I have always been a very sporty person but I felt like my breasts were always in the way and I was always teased at how big they were. My breasts were the last place I lost any weight and they were the first place that gained weighed. As I became older they seemed to become so much larger , much heavier and “drop”. It got to the stage that I was embarrassed to play sport , wear a nice dress and I started losing confidence in myself and my professional career. People would call me Mudgee Mailbags , Nanna Boobs and asked me how long it took me to put on my “scaffolding” of a morning. I started to get indentations in my shoulders, back and shoulder pain and generally I was just miserable. I decided to see a plastic surgeon and investigate a breast reduction. I initially researched on the internet but then I knew of a girl who had the procedure done in recent times and was really happy …… […]
Sue’s Breast Reduction with Dr Craig Rubinstein at Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men October 31, 2018 - Sue had always had large breasts and with a bra size of 20HH her breasts were weighing her down, literally. They affected her weight, her ability to find and wear certain clothes, and her lifestyle. After Sue’s sister went to a conference that Dr Craig Rubinstein from CSFWM was attending, Sue finally booked her surgery and had a breast reduction – it’s changed her life in so many ways and she looks awesome. This is her story. If you’d like to read more about Sue’s breast reduction story you can also jump over to the CSFWM website. TrishTrish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.
Comprehensive Breast Surgery By Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Eddie Cheng August 21, 2018 - As part of our job here at the Hub we’re constantly researching and getting out and meeting new plastic surgeons, most of whom we’ve heard about from happy patients or industry colleagues. Dr Eddie Cheng based in Brisbane QLD is one of these surgeons, and while this FRACS surgeon is fully trained and experienced in all plastic and cosmetic surgeries I chatted to him about why he’s considered one of the best specialist breast surgeons around. Beautiful, natural results Dr Cheng is known for his natural looking results and says he draws from both his reconstructive and cosmetic background to get the most beautiful breasts possible for each patient. “Results are tailored to your physical structure, needs, goals and desires. I work with a supportive team of patient coordinators and plastic surgery nurses, who are highly experienced in managing the complexities of each individual situation.” Dr Cheng is also highly regarded for his ability to listen to and identify what each patient wants and needs and working with them to achieve their own personal goals. He understands that each patient has unique physical characteristics and combines that with his aesthetic eye and technical expertise to ensure each patient reaches their […]
Dr Nicholas Moncrieff, Plastic Surgeon talks all things Breast Surgery July 20, 2018 - For those of you who missed Dr Nicholas Moncrieff’s Facebook live recently, here it is again to watch or read. It’s a wealth of information on not only what Dr Moncrieff and his team at the well respected Hunter Plastic Surgery in Newcastle do, but also on breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reductions, Vectra imaging and a whole lot more including pricing. Amber: Hi everyone. Dr Moncrieff: Hi everybody. Amber: Hi everyone. Hopefully this is showing up now so maybe if you just write a little comment just so we can see that you’re seeing us and that the live video stream is working. Dr Moncrieff: Yep, here we go, we’ve got one. Amber: We can see that they’re there. So if anyone just wants to comment and just confirm that you can hear us and see us. Dr Moncrieff: Yep. Amber: And then we’ll get started in the next couple of minutes. Dr Moncrieff: Excellent, thanks guys. Amber: Oh yeah, thanks Ashley, thanks Blane, high five, thumbs up so that’s terrific. Thank you very much, oh I can see yes, that quite a few people are joining so thanks Jess, Jess is our practise manager so she’s watching in […]
Jody’s Breast Lift and Reduction July 6, 2018 - Jody recently had a breast reduction and breast with Dr Patrick Tansley from North East Plastic Surgery. Her surgery was a great success and Jody also has some excellent advice for anyone else looking to have breast surgery. This is her story. Trish: Oh good morning, it’s Trish here again from Transforming Bodies Plastic Surgery Stories, and today I’m going to be talking to the lovely Jody, who has recently had some plastic surgery, so she’s going to share a bit of her journey with us. I just saw her on one of our posts and she was really happy with her surgery, so I thought I’d reach out and say, hey do you wanna share your story? So she gratefully came back and said yes, so I’m pretty happy that we’re talking to her today after a few little technical glitches. So welcome Jody. Jody: Hi Trish. How are you? Trish: I’m really good, how are you? Jody: Very well, thanks. Trish: Awesome. Thank you so much for taking the time today, ’cause I know that you’re really busy and we did have a bit of a hiccup- Jody: That’s okay. Trish: It’s all good now, hey? Jody: It […]
Steph’s Plastic Surgery Journeys – Tummy Tuck, Arm Lift, Breast Reduction and Upper Blepharoplasty (Eye Surgery) June 6, 2018 - I’m continuously being blown away by the journeys that some people go through when having their plastic surgery. It’s not always fun and games, and there’s so many situations where things get worse before they seem to get better. Today I had the pleasure of chatting to Steph who has lupus (an autoimmune disease) and the incredible journey she has been through. It makes us very aware of choosing our surgeons wisely. Steph’s surgeon Dr Marcus Pyragius went above and beyond through the whole experience – you’ll love this real story. Trish Hammond: I’m here with Stephie today and Stephie has got a fantastic story. She, like a lot of us, so she’s been through to hell and back with her weight. Then she’s had plastic surgery after it, so we’re going to have a chat to Steph today. Get her to tell us a little bit about what she went through, and Steph’s surgery with Dr Marcus Pyragius in Adelaide. So I’m really excited that you’re here, so hey Steph. Stephie: Hey. Trish Hammond: Thank you so much for sharing tonight, it’s really, really good ’cause it’s really great to share what you’ve been through with people who are […]
Body Contouring with Surgery – Removing Excess Skin May 30, 2018 - Australians are getting fatter. Approximately one third of us are obese which amounts to approximately 5.2 million Australians. As more of us become dangerously overweight, more Australians than ever are opting for surgery to help them lose it. Whether it’s lap band, gastric sleeve or just through sheer hard work, many do manage to lose the weight but that’s only half the battle. Patients often find themselves even more depressed than they were before they lost the weight because of the huge amounts of excess, sagging skin that leaves them feeling like a deflated balloon. They can also experience a whole new set of medical problems and emotional issues if this goes unmanaged. Dr Matthew Peters, Director of Plastic Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and co-owner of Valley Plastic Surgery in Brisbane counts his body contouring procedures as some of the most rewarding and was happy to chat with us about why removing excess skin is such an important final step in the weight loss journey. The Excess Skin Issues When skin is stretched to the point of no return it won’t bounce back once the fat underneath it disappears. It will simply droop down, often giving […]
Fiona’s Breast Reduction with Dr Rohit Kumar May 18, 2018 - Here’s a great real story from Fee who is 2 years post breast reduction surgery with Dr Rohit Kumar from Sydney Cosmetic Sanctuary. Trish: Hey podcasters. Good morning. I’m here today, and today I’m really excited because I’ll be speaking to Fiona. Fiona just recently had some plastic surgery procedures done with Dr Rohit Kumar from Sydney Cosmetic Sanctuary. I know she’s absolutely stoked, so I’m really excited to have her share her story with us today. So, welcome Fiona. Fiona: Hey. Trish: Thanks a lot for joining us today. Fiona: It wasn’t so, so recent, about two years ago, but- Trish: Okay. So, there you go then. That’s not recent at all. Tell me about … What did you have done? Fiona: A breast reduction. I was his first record, a kilo off each breast. Trish: Wow. That’s a lot of extra weight to be carrying around, hey? Fiona: Yeah, especially when you’re only five foot two and weigh around 69 kilos. Trish: Oh, wow. Wow. How long had you been wanting to have the surgery done for? Fiona: Since about 16. Trish: Okay. How old were you when you had it done? Fiona: 39. Trish: Okay. Well, that’s […]
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Emma’s Breast Reduction May 4, 2018 - Breast reduction is a procedure close to my heart. It was the procedure that changed my life. It was also the experience that led me to starting Plastic Surgery Hub. You can’t understand how debilitating and painful large breasts can be unless you’ve got them. Emma has an amazing story about her breast reduction journey, and I’m so proud that she’s agreed to share her story with us, in the hope that it might help or support the many other women out there who’s journeys are not always smooth sailing. Emma has had a total of THREE breast reductions! Here she shares her story in her own words. She also shares some amazing photos. Take away from this story – Be prepared for recovery, it may take longer than you think! Emma: What prompted me to have a breast reduction was that my breasts were growing at a very fast pace over the last few years due to a maybe hormone growth – but one breast was in a race of its own being nearly twice the size ! I have always had large breasts and had had my first reduction 28 yrs ago. But I was now feeling uncomfortable […]
Dr Patrick Tansley - Mummy Makeover Mummy Makeover – Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck at NorthEast Plastic Surgery January 17, 2018 - Earlier in 2017, this 39 year old lady who breast fed 3 children (one delivered by caesarean section) and had experienced significant fluctuations in weight presented for consideration of aesthetic breast and abdominal surgery – a classic ‘mummy makeover’. She described her 12-14DD breasts as saggy, empty and droopy ‘deflated water balloons’ which were causing neck and shoulder pain. She was also troubled by excess abdominal skin and a ‘muffin top’. She wished to have her stretch marks addressed and achieve natural, full and correctly positioned breasts along with a flat tummy and shaped waistline. At preoperative assessment, she had asymmetric ptotic (droopy), heavy breasts with stretch marks and excess abdominal skin above and below the umbilicus also with stretch marks, flank fat and separation (divarication) of the abdominal wall musculature. She was counselled at NorthEast Plastic Surgery to consider surgery comprising a variety of breast surgical options in conjunction with abdominoplasty and flank liposuction. The relative risks and benefits of each were carefully detailed and appropriate investigations undertaken. At surgery, a vertical scar (lollipop) approach was used to undertake asymmetrical bilateral breast reduction, along with full abdominoplasty, repair of the ‘six-pack’ muscles and flank liposuction. She made an uneventful […]
Dr Rebecca Whyten Dr Rebecca Whyten from Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men in Hawthorn – “No question is a silly question” November 13, 2017 - I had the opportunity to chat with Dr Rebecca Whyten, Specialist Plastic Surgeon from Cosmetic Surgery for Women in Hawthorn VIC at the recent 40th ASAPS conference. She’s sought after for breast surgery, abdominoplasty and all things mummy makeover. Check out my video interview with her by clicking on the image. PSH: Is there a variation of people you treat in regards to gender, or is it primarily women? Dr Rebecca Whyten: The majority of the people that see me are women that have had children, and they get to that sort of stage where they’ve worked really hard to get back to their sort of post-baby bodies, and they just can’t shift any more fat, or they’ve got all this extra loose skin, and so they come to me really quite self-conscious about how they feel. They’ll get comments at the gym, you know, “Don’t do that because you’re pregnant,” when they’re not, or they’ll be exercising … I had a lovely lady that was a crossfit trainer and she just said when she lies forward all her skin falls forward. A lot of these women have done everything they can to make themselves as fit as possible, but […]
Breast Asymmetry One of these is bigger than the other… Breast Asymmetry with Dr Jeremy Hunt October 6, 2017 - There’s lots of attention on making breasts bigger with augmentation or making them smaller with a reduction, but there’s many women who’d settle for just having their breasts the same size. Whether it’s because of breast feeding, or they might have always been lopsided, having uneven breasts can be a cause of embarrassment and have many side effects such as insecurity in the bedroom. Dr Jeremy Hunt, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Edgecliff NSW performs loads of breast procedures each year to even up asymmetrical breasts and talks to us about what’s involved. Why are some boobs and nipples different sizes? Firstly, it is estimated that over half the women around the world have asymmetrical or uneven boobs or nipples. So, you’re in good company! It’s perfectly normal and most humans have some sort of body asymmetry whether it’s unmatching fingers, toes, boobs or anything else. So most of the time the cause of asymmetry is just nature. Sometimes it may become more pronounced or obvious with hormonal changes during puberty, breastfeeding, because of benign lumps or even breast cancer. Don’t be alarmed by this last one though, as the majority of women just have uneven boobs and nipples […]
Dr Justin Perron - Breast Reduction Breast Reduction Surgery September 28, 2017 - 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: Embarrassment 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 […]
I need a boob job I need a boob job, can Medicare help? August 24, 2017 - UPDATED: The rules have changed. Breast augmentation is no longer covered by Medicare except in very specific circumstances. The only time a boob job is covered by Medicare is when it is part of a reconstruction after a mastectomy or other breast cancer treatments. Minor Medicare rebates may in a few cases be available if you have recurring health issues because of the size, position or skin condition of your breasts. So, the popular question of “I need a boob job, can Medicare help?” might not necessarily have the answer that you want. As for Health Insurance companies, they are all different and members have different coverage. It is best to check directly with your health insurance provider to see exactly what you are covered for (make sure you read the fine print). However, if you do need breast reconstruction procedures for any of the following make sure you check the Medicare rebates listed below: Bilateral Breast Reduction (Item no. 45520) – Medicare Rebate is $675.35 (1 side) Tubular Breast Reconstruction (Item no. 45559) – Medicare Rebate is $852.60 (1 side) Breast Augmentation for asymmetry (Item no. 45524) – Medicare Rebate $556.25 (1 side) Breast Implants for breast deformity (Item […]
Angela's Story The ins and outs of Angela’s Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck with Dr Justin Perron, Brisbane November 4, 2016 - Trish Hammond: Great, well I’m here today with Angela, who’s in Brisbane. Angela just recently had a tummy tuck, which is abdominoplasty, and a breast reduction with Dr. Justin Perron up in Brisbane who operated from the Mater Hospital. We’re going to have a bit of a chat about it today. Thanks Angela, thanks for taking the time. Angela: No worries at all. Thank you. Trish Hammond: Lovely. Angie, tell us, first of all, why did you decide to have these 2 procedures done? What was it that made you think it was time? Angela: I’m a 40-year-old mum of twin boys that are now 19. After having the twins, I carried them at roughly … I was about 50 kilos at the time when I was carrying boys. Basically, they just wrecked my abdomen. I procrastinated for 19 years and decided that I would finally do something about it. It’s not great when you’re getting told that your boys are 19, and are you still pregnant? That’s not a great thing to be getting every day, so my abdomen was split roughly 10 to 11 centimetres and brought up underneath my solar plexus. Although everyone normally gets a little […]
Breast Augmentation, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Breast Augmentation, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding July 11, 2016 - With more women than ever undergoing breast augmentations and having breast implants; and the age of women undergoing such surgery including those of a much younger age, a frequent concern is whether or not you will be able to breastfeed after breast surgery, and what your implants and breasts might look like after breastfeeding if you’ve had an augmentation. Dr Craig Rubinstein from the Cosmetic Surgery for Women helps us to know what to be aware of when breastfeeding with implants. If you are young and considering a breast augmentation, breast reduction or implants, and want to have children in the future, you should definitely inform your surgeon of your desire to breastfeed. You’ll want to thoroughly discuss the various options in order to reduce the chances of your ability to breastfeed being compromised. Dr Rubinstein says, “Even without breast surgery, some women are simply unable to breastfeed. It is important to recognise that there’s no guarantee for breastfeeding capacity, but a great Surgeon will take every surgical precaution to not significantly impact the area of the breasts that are relevant to breastfeeding.” You can find various sources of information on the internet advising that breast augmentations and implants will […]
Karen's Real Story Are multiple procedures for you? Check out Karen’s real story April 27, 2016 - I want to introduce another woman who has overcome many obstacles in life, and come out the other end intact, happy, and inspiring! I met Karen online one of our closed social media groups when I was having my own abdominoplasty surgery recently. She was a couple of weeks post-op; I was reaching out and sharing my surgery and experiences and so was she – we connected immediately. You know what it’s like – when you meet someone and they just ‘fit’, they feel like they’re part of your tribe. You’ve shared a similar journey. So let me share Karen’s story. At 125kg and at 36yrs old, Karen tried to lose weight with diet, exercise and obsessive compulsive bingeing (mmmmm I feel like I’m looking in a mirror here!). In 2010 she had a lapband, however because it was making her life a misery by not being able to eat, she had it removed in November 2013. She then had a gastric sleeve in March 2014. Over 6 years Karen lost about 35kgs (22kgs lost after the sleeve) and maintained a weight of about 89kgs for around 18 months. Although she still had a way to go, Karen decided she […]
Breast Reduction Issues with Big Boobs – Dr Mark Hanikeri discusses How a Breast Reduction Can Help March 29, 2016 - The majority of discussions on cosmetic breast plastic surgery seem to focus on women who want implants or augmentation: types of implants, improved implants or replacement implants. Basically, for those women who want bigger breasts, so they can feel more comfortable with their femininity. What about those of us who struggle with naturally big (in some cases, really big!) breasts though? Those who have spent a lifetime trying to accommodate them and who, as opposed to the majority of breast surgery patients, would prefer not to attract the unwanted attention usually afforded to those with a big bosom! Don’t we deserve the opportunity to feel comfortable with our sense of femininity too? We referred to Dr Mark Hanikeri, Specialist Plastic Surgeon from Western Australia to contribute his knowledge on the benefits of a breast reduction and what other issues can be associated with having breasts too large for our frame. Dr Hanikeri says, “Many women suffer from symptoms that they do not even realise are related to having large breasts. Symptoms include neck ache, back ache, shoulder pain, problems with bra straps which cut into the soft tissues of the shoulders and neck, rash underneath the breasts and social embarrassment.” […]
Karen's Breast Reduction Karen’s Breast Burden – Breast Reduction Story March 10, 2016 - For many women, it’s a dream or desire to have bigger breasts. Whether it is to fill out bras or clothes better and have that cleavage that makes us feel more womanly or to attract the guys. However, for many other women, they have the completely opposite issue. Their breasts are too large and cause all sorts of issues that can be debilitating and affect their life to the point where they are revolving their physical activities and capabilities around managing the pain and burden. Karen was one of those women with the second issue – and the other women in her family were the same. They had all inherited extra large breasts, and with it came a whole range of physical problems that made Karen’s everyday life a struggle. “I had back problems, constant headaches and neck pain. Because of the chronic pain, I couldn’t stand up for too long, so I spent my life looking for the next place to sit down.” We ask Karen what finally prompted her to get her breast reduction. “My sister and niece had had it done years ago. For me, it was a matter of waiting until I was financial. I went […]
Dr John Newton on Breast Reduction Dr John Newton discusses Breast Reduction March 3, 2016 - Trish: I’m here today with Dr. John Newton, who’s a plastic surgeon from the Newcastle area. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me today. Dr. John Newton: My pleasure, Trish. Thank you for having me. Trish: Lovely. I just want to have a chat to you about some of the procedures that you do in your surgery. Today particularly I want to talk to you about breast reduction. Can you tell us a little bit about what the procedure involves and how long it takes and just what someone would like to know? Dr. John Newton: I think the first thing is having a breast reduction, is it’s a fantastic operation. Big bossums, which I like to call them, which have troubled them sometimes since they were young teenagers. Its a really troublesome thing for some women and even for some really young women. A breast reduction, I think is really almost a no-lose operation for most patients. First thing is to know is that breast reduction is great surgery. It can change their lives and make them much, much more comfortable physically, it relieves shoulder and neck pain, back pain, reduce the sweating they […]
Big Breasts The Burden of Big Breasts January 20, 2015 - Bigger boobs are something that many of us dream about and consider surgery for at some point in our lives. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) reports that 1,773,584 women underwent Breast Augmentation in 2013. This compares with 641,189 having breast reductions (although this figure includes men having breast reductions also). Whilst some women dream of having larger breasts, others already carry the burden and it causes more issues and pain than most of us realise. Having too large breasts can affect your quality of life. It can be debilitating and incapacitating enough to cause not only physical issues, but emotional ones. There are many health problems that arise from having larger breasts: Neck, back and shoulder pain; Chafing/rashes (from the breasts rubbing against the skin); Poor posture; Discomfort (unable to sit, stand or sleep without some form of constant adjustment); Breathing issues (from the large weight bearing down on the chest); Migraines/headaches; Nerve damage. There are also emotional issues associated with being extra well endowed in the breast area. These stem from: Self Consciousness/Paranoia; Undesired attention; Low Self-Esteem; Limitation in everyday tasks and activities; Discrimination (not always for the better); Inability to find clothes/bras that fit; Isolation; […]
Jeanette's Breast Reduction Jeanette’s Breast Reduction, “I Felt Like a Freak” January 20, 2015 - Jeanette’s story is one all too familiar for women who naturally grow larger than average breasts. Whilst many women dream of having bigger breasts, there are those that have them too large. Having really large breasts can cause a range of physical and emotional issues. Jeanette has been brave enough to give us an honest account of her experience and tell it as it really is. Q: Jeanette, what prompted you to have plastic surgery? Neck and Back pain were the physical problems I endured but the deepest and most sinister problems were self-esteem. Meeting new people, going to the shops – anything social – became unbearable. I would grocery shop very early in the morning and be exiting before any crowds started. I would always wear a black knitted vest over my work shirt that was way too big but I felt it covered me and hide the pulled shirt buttons, it didn’t matter how hot the day was my vest stayed on. Going for job interviews was exceptionally difficult; anything out of my normal routine was hard as I felt that everyone was looking at the woman with the huge breasts. They were not looking at my resume, […]
Bigger isn’t Always Better: Breast Reduction and Why it’s Helping Women’s Self Esteem Bigger isn’t Always Better: Breast Reduction and Why it’s Helping Women’s Self Esteem March 19, 2014 - In such an image driven society big breasts may be admired. For those that possess them however, it can be comfortably agreed that bigger is not always better. With the physical and emotional issues that come with women having large breasts – from difficulty sleeping, chronic pain and low self-esteem, breast reduction is the answer for many women suffering. In the US, there is one reduction performed for every two augmentations. The surgery involves the removal of glandular tissue, fat and skin to reduce the size of the breasts. The actual reduction size is determined by the amount of breast tissue that can be safely removed, whilst still preserving blood flow to the nipple and areola area. The general aim is for the breast size to be in proportion with the rest of the women’s body. Women with large breasts typically experience neck and back pain from the weight of the breasts. They can have poor posture, suffer from indentations from the bra straps or develop rashes and painful chafing under the breasts. We look into why bigger isn’t always better and the top reasons why women love their smaller breasts. Pain Relief Having extra weight strapped to the front […]
Bilateral Breast Reduction Tory’s Story – Bilateral Breast Reduction – Real Story May 9, 2013 - “At the time of the surgery I was unhappy with the result because the surgeon didn’t take out as much as I asked. He also didn’t listen when we talked about post op procedure. I mentioned I was allergic to tapes, ending up not being able to use them and having horrible keloid scars. 10 year later I still have very visible scars.”

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