Sydney Breast Reduction: Vital Information For Patients
Sydney Breast Reduction: Vital Information For Patients
Before obtaining any cosmetic surgery, it is recommended to do some research into that procedure. If you are considering a Sydney breast reduction through liposuction, then we recommend reading the information below. In this overview, you will find more information about the surgical procedure, but also about the recovery and the aftercare.
Why Do Women Choose A Sydney Breast Reduction Through Liposuction?
Women who have heavy breasts, which in turn cause some additional physical discomfort, are usually ideal candidates for this procedure. Common problems that could occur due to enlarged breast are back pain, yeast infections in the skin fold underneath the breast, permanent indentations from bra straps, neck pain and shoulder pain, and similar complaints relating to large breasts.
To find out if you are eligible for breast reduction with liposuction, you must make an appointment at a good cosmetic surgery clinic. During your first appointment, the surgeon can determine the quantity of fat that can be removed from the breasts and the impact it could have on the breast size of the patient. Naturally, there are some criteria patients must meet to be eligible for a breast reduction with liposuction procedure.
Patients who have a breast reduction with liposuction have to worry less about the blood supply to the breast, as the surgeon uses suction instead of excession. Skin sagging is also less likely during this type of reduction, as the skin usually contracts nicely post-procedure.
Before the surgeon can go ahead with a breast reduction, he will look at your medical history as well as the expectations you have regarding the procedure. For example, if you have self-esteem problems and you want to obtain the procedure for this reason, additional question may be asked to ensure you have the right idea about the procedure and the changes it will bring.
What Criteria Must Patients Meet To Be Eligible For Sydney Breast Reduction With Liposuction?
Anyone who wants to get a breast reduction with liposuction should have a stable body weight and will be on or around their goal weight. You must also be in good health and not have any conditions that could have a negative impact on the procedure or recovery. Possible conditions that could exclude you from this procedure include autoimmune diseases, heart disease and uncontrolled diabetes.
Please note that taking certain medications could have a negative influence on your surgery and recovery too. Therefore, it is important to report any medications or supplements you are taking before the procedure takes place. If one of your medications or supplements could interfere, the surgeon can provide you with an alternative or advise the patient to stop the use of the medications or supplements before the procedure takes place.
Patients who are significantly overweight will be advised to lose weight first and foremost. Weight loss can reduce some of the breast volume by shrinking fat cells. If there is still substantial fat in the breasts after weight loss, a breast reduction can still be considered.
Some patients may have a significant amount of glandular tissue affecting the size of the breasts. If the breasts mainly contain breast tissue, then another type of procedure may be required to reduce the size of the breasts.
Overall, one of the main reasons why patients could consider a reduction in breast shape and size is when the breasts are not in proportion with the rest of the body frame. The size of your breasts could also cause typical symptoms such as skin irritation, bra indentations, and back pain.
If a patient mentions self-confidence as one of the reasons for obtaining the procedure, it is possible that additional scrutiny is required. If a patient has unrealistic expectations about the procedure, psychological guidance may be advised.
Lastly, patients that smoke have a much higher chance of complications; this because smoking slows down the healing process and increases the chance of infections dramatically. To reduce the risks posed by smoking, patients are advised to stop smoking several weeks before the procedure. Naturally, it is also advised not to smoke during your recovery, since it could still interfere with your recovery process.
How Does A Breast Reduction With Liposuction Work?
Before the surgery procedure begins, the surgeon or a specialised anaesthetist will give the patient an anaesthetic to sedate the treatment area. Once the treatment area is properly sedated, the surgeon makes a tiny incision and fills the breast with the tumescent fluid. The fluid prepares the breast for the removal of the breast fat.
Once the incision is made, the surgeon places a small cannula through the incision into the treatment area. Then, the surgeon will remove the excess fat in the breasts, which will reduce the size of the breast.
Please note that the fat quantity that can safely be removed during a breast reduction with liposuction varies between patients. Sometimes just 200 ml is removed but Dr Lanzer can remove over a litre from each breast.
We must mention that undergoing breast reduction with liposuction is not the same as a reduction mammoplasty. The reduction mammoplasty is used in patients who do not have as much fat in the breast but do have a large amount of breast tissue and possibly excess skin.
A reduction mammoplasty is executed by the excision of breast tissue, skin, and fat to achieve the desired final result. In some patients, it can also include moving the nipples and areolas to a more desirable location. Nipple sensation stays intact for most patients after this procedure, but this procedure does carry the risk of reduced sensation. Therefore, speaking to your surgeon beforehand is always best. Please note that the nipple and areola remain attached through the procedure.
The choice between breast reduction with liposuction and the reduction mammoplasty often comes down to the structure of a patient’s breast. If there is plenty of fat, the ideal breast size can be achieved through liposuction. However, if there is much breast tissue, another technique may be used. With both procedures, most patients experience a natural breast lift.
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What Can I Expect During The Recovery From Sydney Breast Reduction With Liposuction?
Post-operative side-effects can occur after a Sydney breast reduction with liposuction. Common side-effects patients experience after a breast reduction with liposuction is swelling, bruising and general discomfort. The pain experienced after a breast reduction with liposuction is usually managed with medication prescribed by the cosmetic surgery, while other symptoms are managed with a compression garment.
If you had a general anaesthetic, you can experience some side-effects from that sedation for up to 48 hours. Please make sure not to make any important decisions or sign legal documents during this time.
The compression garment patients need to wear during their recovery has some additional functions too. Compression from the garment will make the breasts conform to their new size and shape, but it will also reduce the occurrence of lumpiness and speed up the healing process in general. In some cases, the compression garment can also decrease some of the post-operative pain patients can experience.
Given the importance of the compression garment, it is important to keep wearing it until the surgeon tells you it is safe to stop wearing it. Patients will also get some instructions regarding the compression garment, which should be followed to the letter.
Most patients can resume their normal activities quite quickly, but this does not mean that all physical activity should be attempted early in the recovery process. After a breast reduction procedure, patients should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting, which can cause problems with the incision site. Therefore, please follow the instructions from your cosmetic surgery clinic as best as you can.
Can I Breastfeed After A Breast Reduction With Liposuction?
Even though most women can breastfeed after a breast reduction with liposuction, most cosmetics surgeons will recommend not having the procedure until the patient had their last child. Even though complications rarely happen, there are things that could go wrong and prevent a woman from breastfeeding their child.
A breast reduction procedure could cause a temporary loss of sensation in the nipple. For most patients, this sensation returns gradually over the course of the healing process.
Can I Still Get My Mammogram Done After A Breast Reduction With Liposuction?
Getting a mammogram is important to detect the early signs of breast cancer. If you are set to have a mammogram soon, cosmetic surgerys recommend getting the mammogram before the breast reduction with liposuction takes place.
During a mammogram, doctors will search for little white specks (calcifications) within the breast tissue. After a breast augmentation or a breast reduction, patients can display some post-operative calcifications; this means that the detection of breast cancer can be hindered after the procedure. Therefore, it is important to have a scheduled mammogram before the surgery.
Patients can get a mammogram after breast reduction with liposuction, but the patient must wait at least six months after the procedure to get a consultation for a mammogram. It is also a good idea to mention that you had a breast reduction with liposuction when you go for a mammogram.
Will I Be Left With A Scar After Breast Reduction Surgery?
The scar you will be left with will be subject to the scar technique used by the surgeon. For liposuction, the surgeon only makes a small nick in the breast to gain access to the area. For excision, a larger scar may be left, which goes around the areola and underneath the breast.
To enhance the results of their breast reduction procedure, patients should avoid weight gain, enjoy a healthy diet, and get plenty of exercise. A healthy lifestyle has shown to enhance the results is breast reduction patients, but has also shown to be good for result maintenance.
How Long Until I Can Return To Work?
Most patients return to their regular activities rather quickly. That being said, we always advise patients to listen to the advice of Dr Lanzer and his associates. It is also important to listen to your body while you recover, as your own body is always the best indicator of your recovery.
How Much Does Reduction Surgery Cost?
Breast reduction procedures can include different variables such as hospital fees, surgeon fees and other associated costs. Therefore, patients will find that the cost for their procedure can vary from the average estimates found online. Since a medicare rebate or a private health insurance item number could apply to your procedure too, it can be a good idea to get an estimate from your cosmetic surgeon directly.
How To Get A Consult For Breast Reduction?
If you are considering a breast reduction with liposuction and would like to know the cost of the surgery, it is recommended to contact our clinic for a consultation with Dr Lanzer. By making an appointment, Dr Lanzer can tell you more about this treatment and determine if you are a good candidate.
Do you wish to learn more about breast reduction and lift, areola reduction, male breast reduction surgery or similar treatments? Please contact our clinic via telephone or the online enquiry form. Patients can get an appointment at The Dr Lanzer Clinic across Australia, this includes NSW and Sydney.
Some procedures can be covered under medicare or another health fund rebate. Please note that these cases are rare and should be discussed with the cosmetic surgeon in regards to eligibility.
Please note that The Dr Lanzer Clinic offers a free no-obligation appointment to new patients. During this initial consultation, you can learn more about breast reduction and obtain a cost estimate for the treatment. So, if you wish to speak to one of our surgeons at our private hospital, be sure to benefit from this free appointment. Patients can also count on our clinic for information about other procedures such as the tummy tuck and facelift.