Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, reduces breast size, volume and weight and raises the breasts. Regardless of what stage of life you are at, breast reduction surgery will dramatically improve:
chronic neck, back or shoulder pain
fat necrosis – depressions in shoulders from bra strap pressure
skin irritations from rubbing
skin infections under the breasts
ability to partake in sports and social activities
If you come to Géniale for a breast reduction procedure you’ll be in the incredible hands of Dr. Bill Lyon. An Australian born and trained cosmetic surgeon, he has trained at Flinders University, undertaken extensive surgical training throughout both Australia and England, won numerous prizes and scholarships for both clinic and research work, and has numerous publications in international peer reviewed journals. Dr. Lyon has also traveled to both Rwanda and Fiji as a part of the Open Heart International humanitarian agency. Dr Lyon will provide you with an honest opinion regarding your suitability for a breast reduction, with your safety and wellbeing at the core of every decision.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION FIRST?
Here at Géniale, we will take the time to discuss a holistic approach to achieving your goals. A preliminary consultation is recommended so we can assess your breast size and shape and how they complement the rest of your body, then focus on specific areas you want to adjust.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT CARRIED OUT?
Breast reduction involves removing the fat, skin, and glandular tissue of the breast and generally takes around 2-3 hours with a general anaesthetic. As larger breasts tend to sag or droop, the procedure is often combined with a breast lift after the reduction.Your nipples and areolas also may need repositioning depending on the new position of your breasts. In some cases breast reduction also requires liposuction which Dr. Lyon will discuss this with you during your consultation.
To reduce the risk of potential side effects, Dr Lyon will assess your situation and general health prior to surgery to decide the safest and most efficient treatment for you.
Some possible complications include:
changes in breast and nipple sensation
reduced capacity to breastfeed
allergic reaction to anaesthesia, sutures, adhesives and medicinal lotions
potential surgical complications such as bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation or possible fatal cardiovascular problems
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Is it suitable for me?
Everyone’s breasts are unique in shape and size therefore prior consultation with Dr Lyon will determine the best approach for you.
Breast reduction could be right for you if:
you are physically healthy with no pre-existing medical conditions
your breasts are fully developed
you are self conscious about the appearance of your breasts
you have bad posture or experience neck, back and shoulder pain due to oversized breasts
you experience skin irritation or infections below your breasts
you have low hanging breasts
you have enlarged areolas or stretch marks
How should I prepare for surgery?
Arrange for a friend or relative to take you to and from the clinic and to stay with you for a minimum of 24 hours post surgery. You may also like to prepare your home for your recovery with ice packs, a thermometer and have your phone easily accessible.
Being as fit and healthy as possible reduces the risk of post treatment complications so focusing on diet and well being leading up to surgery will help to ensure your treatment goes smoothly. It is also important to discuss any allergies or medications that you may be taking before undergoing surgery. Dr Lyon may advise you to stop taking certain medicines such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs and foods like garlic, which may affect blood clotting.
What happens after surgery?
Recovery varies with each person but usually takes between 6-12 weeks. We will guide you on how to care for your breasts post operation including symptoms to be aware of, and assess whether you require medication to aid healing and decrease risk of infection. We encourage follow up appointments with Dr Lyon so he can monitor your healing progress.
Will I have scarring?
Although scarring is inevitable with any invasive surgery, Dr Lyon is highly trained in minimising scars and keeping them as inconspicuous as possible by locating incisions along natural skin creases. If you are prone to scarring, advise him during your preliminary consultations, however in the majority of cases scars fade with time and are barely noticeable.