Breast reduction and breast lifting can give patients a great sense of physical relief as well as an improvement in body confidence and self-esteem

The relationship between breast reduction and breast lifting

Breast reduction refers to the surgical reduction of volume in the breasts. A breast lift or mastopexy refers to surgically elevating the nipple and breast tissue to a level that is considered more youthful.

Breast reduction and breast lifts (mastopexy) represent a continuum of procedures. All breast reductions need a component of lifting to relocate the nipple to a more youthful height. Breast lifting is the same procedure with little or no volume reduction.

Breast Reduction Surgery – A Look at the Benefits

Breast reduction is undoubtedly one of the most satisfying procedures in the field of plastic surgery. Patients seeking a breast reduction have often lived with a lifetime of discomfort in the upper back, neck and shoulders. They dislike the way their breasts look and the way their breasts make them feel.

Symptomatic relief from the burden of heavy breasts has far-reaching benefits. This has been shown time and time again to be a procedure that improves your quality of life on many levels.

You will have less pain, tightness and discomfort from bra-straps. You will find it simpler to dress without having to wear heavy or double bras. You will have a slimmer, more youthful body shape and you may well be able to pursue sports that you could not previously. These improvements in quality of life often equate to the more intangible benefits related to energy levels, confidence, happiness and self-esteem.

Breast Reductions and Lifts – Your Options

There are many ways to do a breast lift or reduction. The various techniques have different scar patterns and can produce different breast shapes. The intricacies of the surgery and the absolute reduction amount will be discussed at your initial consultation.

It is important to keep in mind that the surgeons at Waverley House in Adelaide share the same goals as you when it comes to breast reduction or breast lifts. They don’t want your large breast to define you and hope to help you achieve a more balanced and youthful silhouette. They want you to have symmetrical, youthful appearing breasts that don’t cause you pain and embarrassment.

The initial consultation will focus on your goals while exploring the idiosyncrasies of your general health, body shape, chest shape, breast size, shape and symmetry.

Breast Reduction FAQs – What You Should Know

What can I expect during my breast reduction procedure at Waverley House?

Breast reduction procedures are performed under general anaesthetic and require incisions between the nipples and the crease of the breast. Even though the nipple is moved during surgery, the blood supply and nerves will be left intact. Once the necessary fat and tissue have been removed using liposuction and specific surgical techniques, internal stitches will be added to the breasts for additional support and the incisions will be closed up. The average procedure can take anywhere from two to five hours depending on how much tissue needs to be removed.

What can I expect after my breast reduction procedure in Adelaide?

In most instances, patients are able to go home on the same day as their reduction procedure. Pain and discomfort can be expected for several days but ice packs and pain medication can be used to alleviate this. Your recovery will depend on how your body reacts to the surgery. It’s ideal if you have someone at home who can assist you for several days as your range of movement will be limited. Patients are generally able to return to work after a week but exercise is only recommended three to four weeks after your surgery. It’s very important to maintain a stable weight after your surgery to avoid reversing the results of your procedure. It’s for this reason that a breast reduction is recommended after your final pregnancy instead of before. However, if the pain and discomfort are too severe, patients are encouraged to schedule their procedure sooner rather than later.

Are there any risks involved with this breast surgery?

The most common risks associated with breast reduction surgery are scarring and infection. However, if you follow your surgeon’s specific aftercare instructions, these risks can be greatly reduced. There is also a chance that feeling in the nipples will never return.

Breast Lift FAQs – What You Should Know

What takes place during my breast lift procedure at Waverley House?

A breast lift procedure will also require a general anaesthetic and several techniques can be used to achieve the desired results. Where the incisions are placed will depend on how severe the scarring is after your procedure. The incisions can be made around the areolae, between the areolae and the crease of the breast or along the crease of the breast. Once the excess skin has been removed and the nipples have been moved to a higher position, the skin will be closed with sutures. The average procedure takes between two and three hours.

What can I expect after my breast lift procedure in Adelaide?

After your breast lift, the incisions will be covered with dressings and a support bra will need to be worn. This will not only reduce any swelling but enhance the healing process too. Patients will also require drains for several days to get rid of excess fluids. Patients can expect some moderate pain for about a week after their surgery and can return to work after spending at least a week at home. Any exercise, particularly heavy lifting, should only be resumed after a month.

Are there any risks involved with breast lifts?

Patients can expect some bruising and swelling after their breast lift. Naturally, if the necessary aftercare instructions are not followed, there is also a risk of infection. Scarring can be expected but with the right care, it won’t be as severe. There is also a small chance that feeling won’t return to the nipples.

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