Breast Reduction

What is breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty)?

Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) has one of the highest satisfaction rates of all plastic surgery operations. Breast reduction both decreases the volume of your breasts and helps to shape them at the same time.

Is it suitable for me?

Women who are interested in this operation have typically had large, heavy breasts which cause them pain – most commonly neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain. Exercise or physical activity can be difficult, and some women find their bra cuts in to their shoulders. Some women have significant breast asymmetry, with one breast larger than the other, and may be interested in having a reduction on one side to match their other breast.

Can I have a breast reduction at the same time as liposuction?

Breast reduction can be performed alone or with liposuction (click here). The breast reduction is able to remove skin , fat and breast tissue from certain areas of the breast. Liposuction may help with contouring of your breasts.

What scars are there with a breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty)?

Breast reduction can be performed using a lollipop incision (vertical scar reduction) or an inverted-T or anchor incision (Wise pattern reduction). Factors that may influence the decision to choose one incision over another include the amount of excess skin and excess breast tissue you have, your body’s tendency to form good or bad scars, and personal preference. There are advantages and disadvantages for either of these methods, and Marc Seifman is happy to explain these to you and what best suits you.

Will I have drains used?

Most commonly, there will be one drain used for each side of the breast reduction. They are usually removed on the first day after the operation, although this decision will be made by Marc Seifman depending on how much volume there is in the drain bottle.

What is the usual timeline?

To begin your journey with Marc Seifman, you will typically have an initial consultation to discuss your goals and see how we can help you. It is important to remember that the initial consultation is a no obligation consultation. If you wish to proceed, we will schedule the surgery on a date that suits you. We will discuss the steps you need to take in the lead up to your surgery, and also on the day of your procedure.

Most people feel the difference in their breast volume immediately after their operation, and have little pain. The night after your procedure and the day after you may experience some discomfort in the breasts. You will be wearing a post-operative surgical bra and have instructions for medications to take at home, and exercises to perform. You should be able to go home that same day.

You should be able to return to work within one to two weeks depending on what your regular occupation is. We advise against strenuous physical activity and exercise within the first six weeks.

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