Breast Reduction Mammoplasty Sydney

  • Elective non-cosmetic procedure
  • Possible rebates from Medicare and private health insurance
  • Possible hospital fees covered by private health insurance
  • One overnight stay in a private hospital is encouraged

Breast reduction mammoplasty surgery aims to reduce the size of the breasts and, at the same time, change the shape and position of the breasts and areola on the chest wall, in line with the patient’s preferences. Larger breasts can cause symptoms such as neck and back pain. It can also cause skin rashes and affect daily activities. Breast reduction mammoplasty can address both cosmetic and health concerns related to increased breast size.

The techniques used during a breast reduction mammoplasty involve removing excess skin and tissue, reshaping the remaining breast tissue, and adjusting the areola.

The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors, including the individual’s genetics and lifestyle.

Mammoplasty Before and After

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Before and After Breast Reduction Treatment

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Before and After Breast Reduction Treatment

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Before and After Breast Reduction Treatment

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Before and After Breast Reduction Treatment

What happens at the first consultation?

At your first consultation, Dr Norris will focus on what you hope to achieve and what you would like your breasts to look like. It is essential to understand that any discussion about your breasts should take into consideration not only a reduction in size but also the shape, proportion, and position of the breasts on the chest wall. Dr Norris will evaluate your breasts by taking measurements and photographs for your medical records. He will also assess your skin tone, the condition of your breast and fat tissue, and the position of your nipples. Dr Norris will take you through the details of how the breast reduction mammoplasty operation is performed, where the incisions are placed, and what approach should be taken to help you achieve your goals. You will also receive a detailed quotation outlining surgical costs that Medicare and your Health Fund might cover.

If you decide to proceed with surgery, Dr Norris will see you again for a second consultation. This allows you to ask any new questions, discuss anything you are unsure about, decide on the most appropriate type of reduction, and give a date for the procedure. He will also help you set realistic expectations about what can be achieved with breast reduction mammoplasty and explain what needs to be done to prepare.

Dr Norris insists that all patients stop smoking two months before undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery. Certain medications and supplements should be avoided in the weeks following surgery. Alcohol will also need to be avoided.

How is the breast reduction mammoplasty surgery performed?

Dr Norris performs a breast reduction mammoplasty only in a fully accredited hospital. The anaesthetist that Dr Norris works with will give you a general anaesthetic to minimise discomfort. You can expect the operation to take 3-4 hours, depending on how much tissue must be removed.

Several breast reduction mammoplasty techniques can be used. Each technique determines where the incisions are made, and the subsequent scars will be present.

This will most commonly involve restricting your scar to one that encircles the areola (periareolar scar) and one that passes downwards from the areola to the fold beneath the breast (vertical scar).

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Anchor Scar – Dr Norris tends to use this technique in severe cases of breast ptosis or large breasts. The incision is made around the areola, vertically down towards and along the breast crease.

Lollypop Scar – This is Dr Norris’s preferred technique. The majority of breast reduction procedures end up with this scar (short scar technique). This incision goes around the areola and down to the middle of the breast crease.

Peri Areolar – Dr Norris occasionally uses this technique. This is when an incision is made around the outer edge of the areola where the darker and lighter skin meets.

Not all women have breasts that are suitable for the short-scar technique and will require a more traditional technique such as the anchor incision. A breast reduction mammoplasty also usually involves moving the nipples to a higher position on the chest wall. In most cases, the nipples remain attached to their blood and nerve supplies. This may not be possible in large breast reduction mammoplasties, in which case the nipple-areola complex is completely removed and grafted back onto the breast after it has been reduced. Unfortunately, this does mean that some, if not all, nipple sensations will be lost. Liposuction might be used in addition to surgical reduction to remove excess fat from the breasts further.

At the end of the operation, a drain is placed beneath each breast, and the drain will usually be removed 1-2 days later. The incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. A dressing is applied over the incisions, and you will leave the hospital wearing your supportive surgical bra.

What happens after the surgery?

  • Most patients will be instructed to stay overnight in the hospital and go home the next day, but this will depend on the extent of the surgery.
  • You may or may not have your drains removed in the hospital. If not, the drains will be removed in Dr Norris’ clinic during your first follow-up appointment.
  • You will require a friend, family member or partner to drive you home from the hospital due to the aftereffects of the anaesthetic and because your range of movement will be restricted.
  • Dr Norris will send you home with a prescription for pain medication as well as antibiotics.
  • You cannot drive for up to 1 week so it’s best to make the necessary arrangements, especially if you have children at home.
  • Daily short showers are permitted, provided your waterproof dressings are dried adequately.
  • Elevated by a few pillows, you should sleep on your back for the first six weeks. This will help reduce swelling and help you get a better night’s sleep.
  • You will experience the most discomfort in the first 3 or 4 days after the surgery.
  • You can expect your breasts and nipples to be bruised, swollen, tender, and sensitive to touch.
  • Most patients can return to work after two weeks, but it might be more difficult if your job is physically demanding.
  • Swelling may take up to 6 weeks to settle, and wearing the necessary compression garment will help speed this process along.
  • You can start light exercise around two weeks after the procedure.
  • Most patients can return to their regular exercise routine after six weeks or as instructed by Dr Norris.
  • You will have an appointment one week after the procedure to check and change the dressings.

Possible complications

  • Keloid Scarring – refers to scars that look raised, lumpy and even darker. If this begins to happen, please inform Dr Norris, and he can look into treating it with steroid injections. Wearing your advised silicone gel strips after surgery 24/7 will also help prevent this.
  • Haematoma – Blood can collect in the breast pocket, which is either naturally absorbed into the body or sometimes requires further surgical drainage. Symptoms include swelling, pain, bruising, skin that is hot to the touch, or itchy breasts.
  • Infection – Infections occur when microorganisms enter the surgical incisions. All infections require immediate treatment to avoid further complications
  • Numb/sensitive Nipples – This is common and usually resolves itself after a short period. Sometimes, it can take up to 6-12 months to regain full sensation in your nipples.
  • Asymmetry – You must expect some minor asymmetry to be visible after 12 months. Perfectly similar breasts are not possible naturally; therefore, a realistic expectation is needed.

How much does a breast reduction mammoplasty cost in Sydney?

The cost of breast reduction mammoplasty varies. Not all women need the same amount of work, so costs can vary significantly. On average, a breast reduction mammoplasty procedure starts at about $10,000. Along with what you want to achieve, anaesthetist and hospital fees must also be considered. During your consultation, Dr Norris will discuss these factors before creating an accurate quotation. Since breast reduction mammoplasty is often deemed medically necessary, patients can usually apply for a Medicare or private health insurance rebate.

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