Breast reduction reduces the size of breasts, giving significant relief from the physical symptoms of large breasts, as well as improving the appearance of the breasts.
The surgery results in scars on the breast, but these fade with time. It is best undertaken when body weight is stable, as weight change can detract from the result. It may affect your ability to breastfeed, although studies show many women can successfully breastfeed after this operation.
At the first consultation Dr Moko will listen to your concerns, take a thorough medical history and physical examination. There are several breast reduction techniques involving different patterns of skin and breast tissue excision. She will outline the reduction technique appropriate to you, as well as the usual postoperative course and possible risks.
Photos will be taken for planning and comparative purposes, and a mammogram may be requested.
Before surgery, Dr Moko will draw skin markings on your breasts for planning. The surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes approximately 2 hours.
The necessary amount of skin and breast tissue is removed to elevate the level of the nipple and create an attractive breast shape and size suitable to your build. The tissue that is removed is sent to the pathologist for testing. The resulting scars are around the areola and extend vertically down to the crease under the breast. There often needs to be an additional scar along the crease. Drains and dressings are placed.
You can go home the same day or stay overnight. Any discomfort is managed with oral pain relief. The drains are removed the following day and you will be fitted with a soft cup bra. The stitches are under the skin and the scars are taped for 6 weeks. You can gradually return to normal activities after 1 week, but need to limit heavy lifting and upper body movement for 6 weeks.