Breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from breasts, while also reshaping and resizing them. The result is smaller, higher and lighter breasts that are more proportionate with the rest of the body.
This procedure has a high satisfaction rate because breast reduction surgery addresses a number of different issues, while also improving your posture and restoring your self-esteem.
When Dr Safvat performs a breast reduction in Sydney or the Southern Highlands, he prefers to use the Short Scar Technique for a better outcome and minimal scarring.
Is breast reduction surgery the right choice for me?
Breast reduction surgery can easily be tailored to your specific needs. Unfortunately, it’s not the right procedure for everyone. It’s always best to speak to a qualified surgeon about your needs in order to determine which type of surgery you can benefit from. Your concerns as well as your medical history will also need to be taken into account. You may be a good candidate for this procedure in some or all of the following circumstances:
- You are in good physical health and your breasts are fully developed
- You have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with this type of surgery
- Overly large breasts are causing you physical and emotional distress
- You aren’t able to engage in the physical activities you want to due to large breasts
- Neck, back and shoulder pain is something you experience on a regular, if not a daily, basis
- Your bra straps leave indentations due to the weight of your breasts
- Rashes and skin irritations occur quite regularly underneath your breasts
- The weight of your breasts has caused the skin to stretch and your breasts to sag
- Ýour nipples are pointing downwards and rest below the crease of the breast
- Your areolas are bigger than they should be because of the stretched skin
Before you consider a breast reduction procedure, take the following into account:
- Breast reduction surgery should ideally be undertaken following childbirth and breastfeeding. Another pregnancy could affect the results of your surgery.
- If you do decide to have another child after surgery, keep in mind that a reduction procedure may affect your ability to breastfeed. Unfortunately, there’s no way to determine whether this will be the case.
- You will need to maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle following surgery in order to retain your results.
- Smokers have an increased risk of complications and could experience delays during the healing process. It’s always best to quit smoking to have a more positive surgical experience.
Will scarring be a concern after reduction surgery?
There is no way to prevent scars completely after surgery. However, the techniques Dr Safvat uses are designed to minimise scarring. He does this using strategic incision placement. This means any scars can be hidden underneath clothing or in the natural folds of the skin. What’s more, any scarring will fade over time, especially if they are cared for correctly. Dr Safvat will provide you with specific aftercare instructions that will help you protect and care for your incisions in a way that will minimise scarring.
What can expect over the long term following a reduction procedure?
Swelling takes the longest to subside after surgery, which is what will prevent you from seeing results right away. Scarring will also only start to fade quite significantly after 18 – 24 months. Your new breast size will give you a lot more freedom in terms of physical movement and clothing choices. Your body will be more proportionate and back neck and shoulder pain should no longer be an issue. The results of breast reduction surgery are permanent. However, any weight fluctuations, pregnancy and the natural ageing process can affect your results over time.
How will my nipples be affected after breast reduction surgery?
It’s very common for the nipples to feel numb after breast reduction surgery. However, in most instances, feeling gradually returns. Dr Safvat will take you through the techniques that he uses to salvage as much nipple sensation as possible during your consultation.
Are there any alternatives to breast reduction surgery?
There are a few ways that you might be able to overcome large breasts, including weight loss or wearing the correct bra. Generally, these options will only provide mild relief, if any. Liposuction and breast reduction surgery are usually the best options if you want permanent results.