Common Myths About Breast Reduction Surgery Debunked!
There are a lot of misconceptions about procedures such as the breast reduction, even though these surgical procedures have come a long way in recent years. A breast reduction is a procedure where the surgeon removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin, depending on the requirements of the patient.
To ensure our patients have access to the correct information about this surgery, we have debunked some common myths about breast reduction below, as well as provided some additional information we think you will find useful.
Will Reduction Mammoplasty Give Me Long Scars?
Having experienced over 10 years of excellent liposculptures, in the year 2000, Dr Lanzer ventured into a study looking at liposculpture as a stand-alone procedure for large breasts in women. Based on that study of over 250 patients, we found that patients can obtain an excellent reduction in the size and weight of their breasts with liposuction without any excision or long cuts of the skin; this was what Dr Lanzer considered to be a significant medical breakthrough.
The chest is an area of poor healing and scars often do not look good in this area. Any procedure that can help patients medically with neck and shoulder pain due to heavy breasts without having large long cutting surgery is a medical breakthrough. The tissue and skin contract and tighten and do not leave a droopy, saggy sack as one would expect.
We must mention that some patients might still require excision of tissue, where the surgeon removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to achieve a breast size the patient is more comfortable with. He may also reposition the nipple and areola to match the new size and shape of the breast. Naturally, this procedure is usually advised for patients with larger quantities of breast tissue and lower quantities of fat.
What Is The Treatment Goal Of Undergoing Breast Reduction?
The goal is to reduce the weight as well as the size of the breast. We have been treating patients commonly who are double D and E but sometimes Dr Lanzer treated patients who have even been F and J. The goal generally is to get them down to a size C, but if someone is extremely large, then we may not reach quite that reduction.
What Is New In Breast Reduction Surgery?
As explained, the tumescent liposuction is a method to reduce breast size is what has changed things. Most patients that I have seen could do a breast reduction through liposuction alone.
Where Is This Procedure Done?
The procedure is done either in Sydney or Brisbane in our D’Lumière Esthétique Day Surgery Centres in the city or in our state-of-the-art registered Day Surgery Centre in Malvern, Melbourne.
How Is The Procedure Performed?
The procedure involves 2 stages of initially introducing an extremely dilute local anaesthetic into the breast tissue. It stretches and expands the breast so that the liposculpture cannula, which is the second stage, can be passed through the tissue and suck out all the fat. The fat is removed in several stages and at different angles, so that it comes out smoothly, at all times maintaining the natural shape of the breast.
What Are The Results One Could Expect?
The first result is that the breast is much smaller and lighter; this often has an immediate effect on the pain and spasms that people have from large heavy breasts. Heavy breasts, besides causing indentations from bras, cause a lot of shoulder and back pain. Patients find a great relief when this is treated.
The most amazing thing is that the skin contracts and elevates. We often measure how much the skin and nipple move upwards and it can be up to 10 or 15 cm. By removing the fat, the breast is much lighter and therefore the skin contracts as well. It is worth wearing a firm bra after the procedure to help the skin contraction.
What Does The Recovery Process Entail?
As it is only a localised area of liposuction, patients can often return to their work duties in a couple of days. We recommend no strenuous exercise for two weeks.
Patients who undergo any form of cosmetic surgery must take their recovery process into account. Even though most can resume their normal activities rather quickly, patients are required to follow the advice they are given by The Dr Lanzer Clinic.
During your recovery, you may be required to take certain medications and wear a compression garment. The specific requirements for your recovery will be covered during your consultations.
What Are The Options For Breast Reduction?
The main option is surgical mammoplasty or breast lift. If the patient has extreme drooping called ptosis of the breast, then surgery may be necessary. Dr Lanzer has found over the last 15 years that most patients are in fact good candidates for breast reduction through liposuction alone. The only area where one needs to take care is in patients in between 18 and 25, as sometimes there is not a lot of fatty tissue in the breast and therefore the amount that can be reduced is smaller.
Is Special Care Required?
Yes. If patients have a family history of breast cancer, Dr Lanzer recommends they discuss this with a breast cancer specialist. We use a professor from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, as it is not clear that if this is good for patients who have breast cancer tendency because the breasts are smaller and easier to feel or if it is going to make things worse because the mammograms will be more fibrous and show possible calcifications, which could interfere with future diagnostic tests.
What Is The Most Commonly Asked Question?
What will happen to the skin and will it be drooping? As outlined, this is not what we see, and the breast does contract and becomes smaller.
Naturally, patients can experience some side-effects after their procedure; this goes from minor bruising to swelling. It is important for patients to wait until they breasts have healed before evaluating their results. Patients should also avoid strenuous physical activity during this time.
What Are Some Things To Remember About Breast Reduction?
It is often worth removing fat along the sides of the breast to help the shape; this also reduces the size. The other point to note is that one can never guarantee the exact size as bra sizes are very different between different patients and there is no uniform measurement between bra companies.
During your recovery, you must follow the guidelines provided by your surgeon. In some cases, pain management medication and anti-inflammatory drugs can be provided to reduce the chances of complications post-surgery.
Most breast reductions are executed on an outpatient basis, which means your surgery does not require a hospital stay. However, Dr Lanzer and his medical team will monitor you after surgery to ensure it is safe for you to return home.
Who Has A Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is performed on women of all ages from 18 until 75. It is typically performed because of the weight associated with the breast causes discomfort such as back, neck, and shoulder pain. It is also obtained to get a breast size in proportion with your body. It does give an immediate result and overall, patients have been very happy to date. We have probably performed nearly 1000 patients with this procedure.
Before you can have a breast reduction, Dr Lanzer or his associated will have to examine your medical history. If you are deemed of good health and could benefit from breast reduction, you will be a good candidate for the procedure.
Patients who require a small reduction but cannot get the required lift through the reduction alone, could consider a reduction and breast lift. While most patients can obtain the desired results from a liposuction procedure alone, there are some rare cases where an additional breast lift could be required.
Has This Procedure Been Covered In The Media?
We were initially featured on ‘A Current Affair’ and other programs and also patients were written up in a ‘Women’s Day’ magazine.
There are numerous examples of breast reduction procedures in the case studies above. These photographs are posted not only to display the skills of Dr Lanzer as a surgeon, but also to show patients the possibilities of a breast reduction procedure. The photographs also display what kind of changes a breast reduction can cause on the body. Most patients who are considering a breast reduction view these examples before they book a consultation at the Dr Lanzer Clinic, since it helps them gain a little more insight into the procedure before their visit.
Most patients who want to acquire a breast reduction do so for medical reasons. They often experience physical discomfort because of the size of their breasts; this could include back pain, burn marks from bra straps, painful breasts and rash underneath the breasts. Reducing the size of the breast also reduces their weight, so most of the problems that are experienced because of enlarged breast can be reduced by choosing a breast reduction procedure. However, it is always best to report the problems you are encountering to your cosmetic surgeon before you have your breast reduction. Based on your physical complaints, the cosmetic surgeon could tailor the solution to meet your requirements.
What Should I Remember About Breast Reduction Before And After Photos?
We always tell prospective patients to look at the breast reduction before and after photos to evaluate the possible changes that can be created with breast reduction procedures. That being said, we also tell patients that the results displayed on the breast reduction before and after photos are not necessarily the results they will obtain. Results on the breast reduction before and after photos are individual experiences of patients, so your experience will be individual too.
When viewing our breast reduction before and after photos, please note that the photos can be different due to the use of different backgrounds, clothing, light, and other variables. If you need clarification on a specific case study with breast reduction before and after photos, do not hesitate to contact our clinic.
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Surgical Warning: Every form of surgery has a possibility of a complication and these are given to you in detail by Dr Lanzer. It is a good idea to understand your surgical procedure well, and to obtain further advice from another Specialist Cosmetic surgeon such as a Dermatologist like Dr Lanzer.
All photographs represent one person's experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.
Some before and after photos shown are not exact, in that they vary in light, contrast, clothing, background, distance from camera, hairstyle and make-up.