Breast reduction surgery is performed in order to relieve:
Specific patient requirements for those undergoing a breast reduction:
Vertical incision (short scar or lollipop scar)
Inverted T shape (anchor) incision
The procedure requires a general anaesthetic and a minimum overnight stay in hospital.
Patients report minor post-operative pain, which can be treated with oral medication. You will be given prescriptions to relieve pain and prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed.
During your surgery, special dressings aid healing and minimise breast movement. This dressing remains on for the first 4 weeks after surgery and you may be able to shower over them the next day. A surgical garment will be applied in the recovery room. It is important that you wear the garment for 6 weeks in total. A drain is usually placed in each breast to drain off excess blood and fluids for the first day or two. All sutures are self-dissolving.
You may be back to work as soon as five to seven days after breast reduction surgery and may begin light exercise at two weeks. Most activities can be resumed between 4 to 6 weeks post surgery.
If you are considering a breast reduction surgery, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.