Breast Reduction Surgery Background
Breast Reduction Surgery Background
Dr Lanzer has been at the forefront of many cosmetic surgery procedures over the last twenty-five years. He has shown the ability to apply new breakthroughs of ideas and equipment; this in different areas including breast augmentation and breast reduction surgery for men and women.
The most dramatic breakthrough in cosmetic surgery was probably the tumescent method for liposculpture, which involved preparing the fat with a watery solution. The use of the solution makes removal of fat effective and safe.
Dr Lanzer applied the tumescent method to large breasts, which until this date were only treated with an invasive surgical cutting procedure called reduction mammoplasty. The breast is made up of fat and breast tissue. During the tumescent method, the surgeon removes some of the fat through a fine liposuction tube; this tube can pass safely through the breast and selectively remove the fat.
What Are The Common Questions Asked By Patients Regarding Breast Reduction?
At The Dr Lanzer Clinic, we find it important that patients are fully informed about their upcoming surgical procedure. To ensure patients get quick answers to commonly asked questions, we have created an overview of frequent questions asked at The Dr Lanzer below.
Will I Have A Scar?
Due to the nature of the breast reduction with liposuction surgery, we only require keyhole incisions to remove the fat from the breast. Therefore, scarring is kept to a minimum and you may not have any at all once healed.
What Happens To The Tissue And Skin? Will The Breasts Drop?
This is the most common question asked by patients. Fortunately, the skin retracts, and the nipples move up. Dr Lanzer has never seen an empty sack appearance. If someone has very dropped breasts, then it will not be tight and elevated. It’s worth looking at the photos in our photo section to see just how much elevation occurs.
How Do I Know That The Procedure Will Be Effective?
We determine the amount of fat via ultrasound study before your surgery. Dr Lanzer, who is recognised as a world authority, can also tell by the physical examination of the breasts if they will respond to this treatment. If there is fat, we can make the breast smaller with just the suction method.
How Many Bra Sizes Will I Drop?
Results are based on the individual and can vary, but most can expect a reduction of at least two bra sizes. Some patients even experience a larger reduction in breast size. The amount of reduction depends on how much fat is in the breast. Sometimes over 90% of the breast is fat. In women in their teens, there is usually less fat. The usual goal is for a size C.
Can I Have This Procedure Awake Or Asleep?
Yes, we have the two options of performing this procedure under a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic in our Malvern Hospital. Patients choosing our Sydney Clinic can also choose a local anaesthetic.
Does Undergoing Breast Reduction Hurt?
Everyone experiences different sensations under a local anaesthetic. We fill the breast with tumescent fluid to make them numb, which can feel cold, tight, or tingly. However, some patients do not feel anything at all. It does not take long for the breast to be numb and you should not feel much pain during the liposuction procedure at all.
How Will My Breasts Feel After The Procedure?
It is very normal to have altered sensation in the breasts, nipple and areola after the procedure, but this should return to normal in a few weeks.
Not all patients experience a change in sensation, so this side-effect can vary considerably from patient to patient. Some patients will experience a numbness for several weeks, while others do not experience any numbness whatsoever. However, most patients do report a reduction in neck and shoulder pain almost immediately after the procedure; this due to the fact that the heavy breasts have reduced in weight.
Discover Breast Reduction Treatment Surgery Advantages!
An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for Breast Reduction Treatment Surgery procedures. It is normal to feel discomfort from swelling and bruising for some weeks after the procedure while the breasts are healing.
If you’re looking to reduce your breast, get a free consultation at Breast Reduction Treatment Surgery clinic with Dr Lanzer.
Can I Breastfeed After This Procedure?
Yes, it is safe to breastfeed after the procedure. As the breast tissue and glands are not affected during the procedure, there should be no change in the ability to breastfeed.
Will I Be Able To Wear A Normal Bra After The Procedure?
We require you to wear a surgical bra for four weeks after the procedure. The first two weeks, the bra is to be worn all day and night. For the last two weeks, you are only required to wear the bra during the day or at night. No underwire is to be worn during this time.
When Can I Resume Work?
Most people could work in a few days, but we usually suggest a week off. Of course, times can vary depending on how dramatically the size of your breasts has changed. Also, if you had breast surgery which included the removal of excess glandular tissue, the overall recovery time will increase. The same applies if the patient had breast implants taken out or a breast lift executed.
If you are uncertain about your recovery time after a breast reduction procedure, always seek the advice of your cosmetic surgery. Your cosmetic surgery should be able to tell you when you can resume your normal activities or any physical activity such as heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. Until you are allowed to return to your normal activities, patients should keep their activity limited to light walking.
When Was This Procedure First Used?
Dr Lanzer was amongst the few dermatologists that discussed this option in 2000. He went on to do the world’s first large study of 250 patients to assess results. He has been performing it regularly for over 15 years now.
Why Do Some Dermatologist Surgeons Alter Breast Size And Shape Through Reduction Mammoplasty?
This is hard to answer, as it probably comes down to training and experience. It’s something one should ask the doctor.
During a reduction mammoplasty, the cosmetic surgery removes excess breast tissue as well as fat and skin. Naturally, this requires a larger incision.
Will My Breasts Change Shape?
Generally, the breast is the same but smaller, lighter, and elevated. Usually, the nipple and areola face a bit more up than down after breast reduction treatment surgery.
Can I Have Body Sculpture At The Same Time?
Yes, this is a common request. Some patients like to combine procedures, as they only need to come in for one surgery. Of course, the suitability of such a treatment does depend on the patient.
What Happens To The Fat On The Side Of The Breast?
That is removed by suction at the same time for standard breast reduction treatment surgery procedures.
How Much Fat Is Removed?
The average would be 400-500 ml of fat from each breast. The maximum Dr Lanzer has removed is 1500 ml per breast.
A cosmetic surgery will calculate the amount of fat to be removed based on the cup size the patient wants to achieve. To determine the better cup size, the cosmetic surgery can ask some questions in regards to symptoms caused by the enlarged breasts. Skin irritation, indentations by bra straps, outbreaks in the breast crease, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and headaches are just some of the symptoms patients can experience.
What Happens If I Have A Family History Of Breast Cancer?
This is an interesting question, since there is no detailed scientific information. To date, Dr Lanzer has had no issue related to breast reduction treatment surgery and their relation to breast cancer.
Older patients have a pre-surgery mammogram study to exclude cancer. Dr Lanzer recommends if there is a positive family history of breast cancer that the lady sees a breast cancer surgeon for long-term monitoring. The procedure cannot cause cancer but may make it easier or harder to detect should one arise later.
What Is The First Step I Should Take To Acquire A Breast Reduction?
Should you have an interest in this procedure, then the first step is an evaluation. This is best done in person but can start with a phone call or a Skype consult. All initial opinions are free with no obligation.
You will find that Dr Lanzer gives his time and experience generously to help the public. It is also worth looking at the pre- and post-operative photographs on this website. They are true results of Dr Lanzer’s patients and give a good realistic expectation of what he can achieve. Note how the breasts become smaller and more contracted. The results overall are natural and display no obvious long scars.
Dr Lanzer was featured on national television, national cosmetic magazines, American Conferences and American television with his initial pioneering contribution to cosmetic breast reduction treatment surgery of the breast.
Can I Store The Fat After A Liposuction Procedure?
Patients who have liposuction at the Dr Lanzer Clinic will get the option to store the fat removed during the procedure. The fat will be treated and transported to our own fat bank.
When a patient has fat stored in our fat bank, they could use that fat for a procedure in the future, more specifically the fat transfer. The fat transfer is a procedure that adds more volume to a certain area or rejuvenates treatment areas such as the face and hands.
Do you wish to obtain more information about the fat transfer and the breast reduction treatment surgery with liposuction? Please contact the Dr Lanzer medical team for more info.
Request a consultation
During your initial consultation, you will obtain more information about excess fat and excess skin removal from the breasts. You can also gain more information on glandular tissue removal, which can be useful if the required cup size cannot be obtained through weight loss or fat reduction alone.
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Let us know the procedure(s) you are considering and your details and we will get back to you with a time and day to suit you.