While during our pre-teen years we all may have longed for large breasts, the reality for many women is an altogether different story. Clients at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery say they feel their large, heavy breasts make them look over-weight, prevent clothes from fitting properly, cause back, shoulder, and neck pain as well as poor posture. It’s not quite the picture you had in mind in your pre-teens.
On top of that, when large breasts prevent you from participating in sports or other physical activities, the effect on your physical fitness and overall quality of life can be significant. This is when breast reduction surgery may be the ideal solution for you.
Benefits of breast reduction
Breast reduction surgery not only reduces the size of the breasts—it lifts and reshapes sagging breasts. It often improves posture and may relieve back, shoulder and neck pain. If your breasts are different sizes, breast reduction surgery can be used to create symmetry. Breast reduction surgery can attract Medicare and Health Insurance rebates. Many women prefer a day stay in hospital but can be overnight.
The breast reduction procedure
In breast reduction surgery, excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts is removed to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. The areola is usually made smaller to match the smaller overall size of the breasts.
There are no horizontal scars used in this procedure as Dr Doyle uses a “lollipop” technique for quicker healing and recovery time with minimal scarring. Most women can return to work within 2 to 3 weeks but should avoid strenuous activities and exercise for 6 weeks.
Does health insurance cover breast reduction
If your breast reduction is deemed medically necessary, rather than cosmetic, you may get a health insurance rebate. Medical reasons for breast reduction include:
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Migraine headaches
- Skin irritations
- Back pain/backaches
- Shortness of breath
- Numbness in the hands and fingers
On average, breast reduction surgery can cost $7000*. And if it is considered medically necessary, Medicare may cover the cost. How much Medicare covers will depend on the nature of the reduction surgery you require.
To find out if your procedure falls under the category of medically necessary you will need to contact Medicare. You will also need to provide details to your health fund to see if they will cover you—and if they do, to what extent they will cover you.
Before and Afters
Cosmetic breast reduction
A cosmetic breast reduction is when you decide to change the appearance of your breasts by reducing their size. This is general not covered by either Medicare or a health fund. However, every health fund is different and it’s always advisable to check with your health fund. Dr Doyle’s surgical technique means this procedure is performed with minimal scarring, and you shouldn’t need to spend more than a night in hospital.
What to expect immediately after breast reduction surgery
Five things you can expect after breast reduction surgery include:
- Slight bruising and swelling
- Drainage tube in the wound to help prevent any fluid build-up
- Possibly some numbness
- Discomfort and pain
- Immediate visible results
You should be okay to leave the hospital the day after surgery. For the first 2 to 3 weeks you should take it easy, no strenuous exercise or activity. After this time you should be okay to return to work—however we recommend you wait another 3 weeks before you exercise.
Which doctors do breast reduction surgery?
Dr Doyle at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery will always recommend you seek the advice of a qualified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. A plastic and reconstruction surgeon is a specialist with all the necessary qualifications to help you receive the best results with plastic or cosmetic surgery.
Breast reduction surgery on the Gold Coast
Surgery is a very personal thing, and should not be undertaken lightly. If you are considering breast reduction surgery it is important you have realistic expectations and understand all possible risks and complications that may arise from surgery.
If you are looking for a trusted specialist to perform your surgery, you should visit Gold Coast Plastic Surgery for a consultation today.
To learn more about breast reduction, or to book a consultation, please contact our practice today.
*This is an estimate only: surgeon and anaesthetist fees as well as hospital accommodation costs will also need to be taken into consideration. The actual cost will depend on your situation.