Reduce, reshape, and lift your breasts with a breast reduction and breast lift in Adelaide.
There are many reasons a patient may consider a breast reduction and lift. Some women may consider a breast reduction to improve their figure, remove back pain, to prevent the problems associated with large breasts or for breast cancer related reasons.
What is Breast Reduction and Lift?
A breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of large breasts. While a breast lift is a surgical procedure to improve the shape and firmness of breasts that have lost their shape and firmness because of aging, gravity, or pregnancy. A combination of these procedures may be recommended for some patients.
Breast reduction and breast lifting (mastopexy) represent very similar procedures. All breast reductions will have a lift component which is inherent to the procedure, but if you are having a breast lift, you do not necessarily need to have a reduction.
Breast reductions will lift the nipple to a more youthful level, while breast lifting does the same thing without an excision of tissue to reduce volume. The main difference between the two however, is after a breast lift, the size of the breasts won’t change. Whereas a breast reduction significantly reduces the size and weight of the breast.
Why Get a Breast Reduction or Lift?
Breast reduction patients are among the most thankful patients in plastic surgery, as the surgery removes or minimises their pain. Patients seeking a breast reduction suffer from chronic issues related to the sheer weight of their breasts. Chronic headaches, chronic neck pain, shoulder pain as well as discomfort from deep grooving bra-straps. Women may also have chronic problems with moist and irritated skin under their breasts.
Heavy breasts can be a major problem for women both in their personal lives and at work. They are often unable to do simple tasks such as bra fitting, which causes difficulties with clothing choice; this often leads many who suffer from a heavy chested nature feel discouraged about themselves because they cannot enjoy various day-to-day activities without discomfort and pain.
It is easy to see why women with heavy breasts can have negative views about their appearance and be simply exhausted by the chronicity of their pain and discomfort.
Prior to your procedure you will meet with Dr Lam to discuss the surgery in detail and any questions you may have. During a breast reduction surgery, excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin will be removed to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body. While the skin near the areola is cut away and sewn back together to lift and tighten the breasts.
Both a breast reduction and lift are typically performed under general anaesthesia in a major hospital. The surgery takes between 2-3 hours, and you will be required to stay in hospital for 2-5 nights, with drains post-operatively.
Overall, the recovery will take about 4 weeks. During this period, you will not be able to drive for 2-3 weeks and you require support during your first week at home. It is important to remember throughout your recovery, if something is causing you discomfort, then it is your body’s way of telling you to slow down and take it easy.
A well fitted supportive bra (without underwire) is the most common recommendation after a breast reduction surgery. It is recommended this bra is worn for at least the first several weeks, to increase comfort.
Ask a Question or Book a Consultation
At your first consultation Dr Lam will clarify what your goals are and ask you about your general health. The discussion about surgery will be tailored to your body, chest and breast size, shape, and symmetry.
There are numerous ways to perform a breast lift or reduction. These techniques each have their merits and limitations. Often a combination of techniques can be used to tailor the surgery to your breasts.
There are Medicare item numbers that can help to cover the costs of surgery in some cases. As of November 1st 2019, the Medicare item numbers have changed, please contact us to find out about these changes. It is important that you consult your private health fund to clarify whether you will qualify for a rebate.
Dr Quoc Lam has a particular interest in aesthetic breast surgery and is in a strong position to advise you about a breast lift or reduction procedure. Please click the link if you would like to book a consultation or discuss your treatment options.