Breast Reduction Brisbane
Breast Reduction Brisbane
Although many may find it hard to believe, not all women desire to have larger breasts. There are a significant number of women in society who have troublesome large breasts and want to reduce the size of their breasts. A breast reduction for someone suffering from the effects of heavy breast is associated with very high satisfaction rates, and is one of the most gratifying surgical procedures, for both patient and surgeon.
A breast reduction is still a major surgical procedure, and the risks and benefits need to be outlined and fully understood by the patient. The operation aims to reduce the size and weight of the breasts by removing excess breast tissue and skin. At the same time, the nipple is often moved higher to a more ideal position. The risks of this procedure can include adverse scarring, infection, wound healing problems, and changes to the blood and nerve supply to the nipple.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction?
Individuals who are symptomatic from the weight of their breasts, who are in good general health, and who do not smoke, are suitable candidates for a breast reduction. Smoking can have a detrimental effect on the micro-circulation in the breast in that nicotine can constrict (narrow) blood vessels. During a breast reduction, the nipple is moved to a higher more ideal position, and its survival is dependent on blood vessels traveling through the remaining breast tissue into the nipple. This “pedicle” of blood supply can be compromised in smokers, and therefore the risk of nipple necrosis and loss, as well as wound healing problems in general, is significantly higher in smokers. It is advised that smoking be ceased at least 6 weeks prior to breast surgery to allow the vessels to return to a healthier state, and for the same number of weeks after surgery during the healing period.
Reasons To Undergo a Breast Reduction
Women desire to have a breast reduction performed for many reasons. The most obvious reason is the debilitating effect heavy breasts has on their back. Women with large pendulous breasts will commonly report back pain, neck aches, shoulder pain, and headaches. These women will also often notice skin chafing under the breasts and development of rashes.
There are also occasions where simply having the ability to move freely during physical activities without the restraints of heavy breasts can act as a motivating factor. The ability to stand straight and move easily during play or exercise again are all simple luxuries that women with large breasts can look forward to after their breast reduction. On top of this, women who have had breast reductions quite commonly comment that they find it easier to find and fit into clothing that they like to wear.
Initiating the Breast Reduction Process
The first step in the process of getting breast reduction surgery is to have a comprehensive consultation with Dr Goh. During the consultation, Dr Goh will take into consideration your wishes and desires, and discuss the type of breast reduction that will suit you best.
Part of the pre-operative work-up process includes having photographs taken and added to your medical file. These photos provide a record of what your breasts looked like before surgery. They are also useful in pointing out pre-existing states of the breasts, such as asymmetries. Measurements will also be taken for surgical compression garments which need to be worn after surgery for 6 weeks in order to support the newly operated breasts.
The Scheduling Process
Contact Dr Goh’s office on (07)34888118 to schedule a consultation appointment.
After your initial consultation, you will also meet our clinic nurse, who will discuss with you the aftercare, recovery, and follow up necessary after your surgery. Breast reductions are either done as a day-case or as an overnight stay in hospital. In general, there will be a drain in each breast after the surgery. This is usually removed the day after surgery. Sutures are usually dissolvable, and patients are allowed to shower 24 hours after surgery. Rigorous physical activities should be avoided for 6 weeks after surgery.
After your initial consultation, you may call at any time or return for a further consultation with Dr Goh or the clinic nurse should you have any further questions or concerns.