Breast Reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, can reduce the size and weight of large breasts. Breast reduction results are more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing. Cosmetic surgeons remove excess tissue and fat from the breasts, improving the appearance of the contour. It can also eliminate sagging skin, improve symmetry, and reduce pain. Breast reduction surgery recovery varies depending on the extent of the surgery and the patient’s physical condition. This surgery considered as a medical procedure, that means you can expect breast reduction Medicare rebate for this surgery.
Breast Reduction, at a glance
Target area: Size and weight of breasts, excess skin
Time off work: 1-2 weeks
Total recovery: 6-weeks
Compression garment: 2 weeks full-time wear, 6 weeks total
Scar position: Along the fold beneath the breast, around the areola and down the breast, in some cases around the nipple
What Is a Breast Reduction?
Breast Reduction Surgery: A Solution for Large and Heavy Breasts
During your pre-teen years, you may have longed for larger breasts, only perceiving the positives of having a bigger bust. But, the reality for many women is that the weight and size of their chest are not as favourable as they’d once thought. Breast reduction surgery is a good option to reduce the size of large and heavy breasts.
Patients often say they feel their large, heavy breasts make them look over-weight, prevent clothes from fitting properly. Also, It 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.
Breast reduction surgery may be a good solution for you if you wish to achieve the following:
- Reduce the weight and volume of your breasts
- Reshape and reposition the nipple (Breast Reduction and Lift)
- Reduce chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
- Improve postural problems
- Decrease the issues of fashion limitations and social discomfort
Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery
Boob reduction can help ease your discomfort caused by large breasts and also help to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body.
Breast reduction procedure 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, bilateral breast reduction surgery can be used to create symmetry.
8 Benefits of breast reduction surgery include:
- Reduce the overall size and volume of the breasts
- Achieve a more balanced breast and nipple size
- Attain a more uplifted and symmetrical breast and nipple position
- Decrease the weight of the breasts which is associated with back, neck and shoulder pain
- Improve the appearance of sagging and droopy breasts
- Improve the position of the nipples
- Helping overall postural health
- Boost quality of life
Breast Reduction Can Help Neck Pain and Backaches
Very heavy breasts can impact the overall health of the backbone. There are infinite women who have complained about chronic backaches caused because of increased weight carried in the bosom. This can interfere with the everyday functioning of the individual whether at home or in office.
Boob reduction surgery can offer lasting relief from these nagging issues.
Boob Reduction for Lifestyle Reasons
Heavy breasts have never been compatible with trying physical activities. This is one of the main reasons why a number of aspiring and professional athletes choose to undergo the surgery to bring the size of their bosom to a manageable proportion. Reduced breast size supports fast-paced training activities, running, jumping rope etc. 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.
Breast Reduction Before and After
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Breast Reduction Procedure
Dr Mark Doyle is on of the best breast reduction surgeon in Queensland. He offers breast reduction surgery to all patients from all around Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and northern suburbs of NSW. In breast reduction procedure, Dr will remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts and make them smaller, lighter, and firmer. The areola is usually made smaller to match the smaller overall size of the breasts.
Breast Reduction Scars are not horizontal. Dr Mark uses a “lollipop technique” for quicker healing and recovery time with minimal scarring.
“My preferred surgical techniques are a lollipop incision for those patients requiring a breast reduction. I routinely use liposuction in the armpits to remove fatty tissue in patients having a breast reduction. In patients who have had large weight loss or having a very large breast reduction, a lollipop incision with a horizontal scar in the crease may be necessary to achieve the best possible result,” says Dr Mark
The “lollipop” includes two incisions. One is a circular incision around the border of the areola to reposition the nipple to a higher anatomical placement. The second incision is a straight vertical cut from the bottom of the areola to the breast fold. When Dr made incisions, He will remove any excess breast tissue, skin and fat and lift and reshape the breasts. That makes it as a combination of breast lift and reduction together. After completing the surgery, He may do stitches in the breast tissue to support the healing of your newly reshaped breasts.
Cosmetic Breast Reduction
A cosmetic breast reduction is when you decide to change the appearance of your breasts by reducing their size. This is generally 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 the hospital.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Five things you can expect after 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
Many women prefer a day stay in the hospital but can opt for overnight. When you wake from surgery you will have prineo tape (clear, waterproof skin closure system) over the suture line. The tape will remain for 3 weeks whilst the outer dressing may be removed before your first shower the day after surgery.
Expect your breast to be swollen and bruised for 6 – 8 weeks after the initial surgery. You need to wear postoperative garment for the first 6 weeks after surgery for 23 hours a day.
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.
Most women can return to work within 2 to 3 weeks but should avoid strenuous activities and exercise for 6 weeks.
What are the risks?
Breast reduction surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications. Here are some potential risks associated with breast reduction surgery:
- Infection at the surgical site
- Post-operative bleeding or hematoma
- Changes in nipple sensation or loss of sensation
- Scarring, including hypertrophic or keloid scars
- Difficulty breastfeeding after surgery
- Asymmetry in breast size or shape
Adhering closely to Dr Doyle’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions can significantly reduce these risks and promote a successful outcome.
Breast Reduction Surgery Cost
When considering breast reduction surgery, understanding the cost factors and potential insurance coverage is important. Here’s a breakdown of the key aspects to consider:
Breast Reduction Medicare Rebate
Breast reduction surgery may be eligible for a Medicare rebate if it is deemed medically necessary. Medicare rebate for breast reduction is typically considered when the procedure is sought to alleviate specific medical conditions, such as chronic back, neck, or shoulder pain, skin irritations, or other related symptoms.
To determine if your breast reduction surgery qualifies for a Medicare rebate, it is recommended to contact Medicare directly and provide them with the details of your situation. They can provide specific information about the eligibility criteria and any documentation required for the rebate.
Private Health Insurance Coverage
In addition to Medicare, private health insurance may also provide coverage for breast reduction surgery, depending on your policy. Coverage varies between insurance providers, so it is crucial to review your policy and consult with your health fund to understand the extent of the coverage they offer.
To determine if your private health insurance covers breast reduction surgery, contact your health fund and provide them with the necessary details. They can inform you about the specific requirements, documentation, and any out-of-pocket expenses you may incur.
The starting point for breast reduction surgery in Gold Coast, is typically around $22,800. Breast reduction cost can vary depending on various factors, including:
- Surgeon’s Experience: Highly experienced and reputable plastic surgeons may charge higher fees.
- Hospital or Surgical Facility Fees: These fees cover the use of the operating room, nursing staff, and related services.
- Anesthesia Fees: The cost of anesthesia services provided by an anaesthetist.
- Additional Services or Tests: Any required pre-operative tests, post-operative garments, or follow-up consultations.
To receive an accurate cost estimate for your breast reduction surgery cost, it is advisable to schedule a consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon. During the consultation, the surgeon will assess your unique case and provide a personalised cost breakdown based on your specific needs and the required procedures.
Book a Consultation
If you are considering breast surgery, it is important you have realistic expectations and understand all possible risks of surgery 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 this procedure, or to book a consultation, please contact our practice today.
About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon
Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.
Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing Breast, Body, Face and Nose surgery. Dr Doyle is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon with 30+ years of experience. He has completed all required training and only carries out approved surgical practices. There are absolutely NO undertrained doctors or cosmetic doctors acting as surgeons in our clinic.
As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is committed to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.
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