Breast Reduction with Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Ellis Choy
Full breasts are often idolised. They are seen as attractive and sensual, as symbols of femininity, fertility and beauty, and as an essential component of the coveted hourglass shape — but for women with very large breasts, they mean something much different.
Many women with heavy breasts complain of chronic back, shoulder and neck pain, or indentations in their shoulders from overtaxed bra straps. Large breasts can make it difficult to engage in sports and exercise, or even to sit and stand with proper posture. Feeling uncomfortable in your body is also an emotional burden that leads to self-confidence issues and a negative self-image. Large breasts are both physical and figurative weights that are carried every day.
If excessively large breasts are preventing you from living an active and fulfilling lifestyle, it’s time to consider breast reduction surgery. Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Ellis Choy will work with you to achieve results that don’t just make you feel confident and beautiful, but also improve your quality of life. Schedule your in-person consultation with Dr Choy today.
Psychological Issues Brought About by Large Breasts
Both mature and younger women psychologically suffer when they have this condition. For older women, watching breasts that were once lifted and proportionate become droopy over time may be a stressful experience that affects their level of self-esteem. For younger generations, problems resulting from poor body image may hinder psychosocial development. One example is when your large breasts are not in proportion with your weight and height. It may be very embarrassing for teenagers or young women to wear swimsuits or other clothing that brings unwelcome attention to their large breasts.
Undergoing breast reduction treatment can help you reclaim your self-confidence, eliminating the insecurities you may have about your cup size. If you find yourself desiring freedom from the emotions and experiences that your overly large chest burdens you with, Dr Choy can grant you the peace of mind you’re after. Moreover, the treatment is strategically carried out to allow for a seamless, natural and cosmetically beautiful final result.
Physical Problems Associated with Overly Large Breasts
As well as the possible emotional problems with having large breasts, there is also a wide range of physical complaints which women may encounter. We have explored a few of the most common complaints below. If you are experiencing any of these, or any other problem caused by your large breasts, plastic surgery for breast reduction or restructuring of breast tissue may provide a solution. Get in touch with Dr Ellis Choy and his team to arrange a consultation.
NECK AND BACK PAIN
Perhaps the most common long-term physical complaint reported by women with overly large breasts is neck and back pain. This is because of the additional strain placed on the neck and back due to the distribution of weight across the chest. By reducing the size of your breasts, Dr Choy can significantly lighten the weight on your chest and thereby reduce the stress placed on these areas.
Neck and shoulder pain is a common complaint from women with large, heavy breasts. While the shoulders may not appear to take as much strain as the neck or back, in fact, the additional weight can also be damaging to this area. Undergoing cosmetic surgery for breast reduction can lessen this pain and give you a better range of movement in your arms. This will help you to complete daily tasks that your larger breasts may have interfered with in the past.
DIFFICULTY IN EXERCISING
Excessively large and heavy breasts may impact on your range of movement, but can also cause serious problems for women who wish to exercise. The additional weight, accompanied by the movement of the breasts, may make exercising very difficult.
Even more mundane aspects of exercise may be affected, such as finding the right workout clothes or sports bras. Large-breasted women frequently find it difficult to find clothing they feel comfortable in when exercising, further dissuading them from the active life they long to have.
As we know, exercise is necessary for a fit and healthy life, and can also be the catalyst to avoid the severe health problems that can come with long periods of inactivity. Breast reduction cosmetic surgery is the key to unlock the benefits of exercise and an active lifestyle.
CHAFING, RASHES AND SKIN IRRITATION
Larger breasts are much more likely to sag or droop than smaller breasts, simply due to their relative weight and size. This causes areas of moist skin beneath the breasts, which can cause skin irritations and other complaints. The repeated movement of the breasts against the skin of the abdomen can also cause chafing. Resizing and restructuring the breasts will help to eliminate this by removing much of the weight and mass of the breasts, and any sagging or drooping.
THE BENEFITS OF BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Droopy and large breasts bring discomfort for many women, especially when embarking on sports or other physical activities. They can also cause a considerable amount of embarrassment and uneasiness for women who feel their breasts attract unwanted attention. Some women fear having large breasts makes them look older than their age or holds them back from achieving greater professional success. Breast reduction surgery allows these women to have their breasts adjusted into a size and shape they are happier with, helping to increase their comfort and confidence across numerous areas of their life.
Reasons to consider breast reduction include:
- You feel defined by the size of your breasts
- Your breasts are out of proportion with your body
- You dislike the attention your breasts receive due to their size
- You have difficulty finding clothing that fits and flatters your shape
- You cannot exercise or play sports comfortably
- You struggle to maintain good posture
- Your back, neck and shoulders are frequently sore
- You get rashes, chafing or sweat in the folds under your breasts
- You’d like to do something that makes you feel happier and more confident
Whether you’re experiencing chronic back pain or your blouses don’t seem to fit right, breast reduction surgery is designed to give your cup size a more comfortable and natural look. As a popular option for many women across Australia, this treatment helps achieve a more minimalistic and reduced breast size, all the while helping you to feel positive and comfortable with your figure.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Breast reduction is a serious medical procedure that brings the typical risks associated with plastic surgery, as well as some special considerations. The procedure requires a surgeon to make incisions and remove excess tissue before lifting the remaining tissue back into a natural position. It may or may not involve detaching and repositioning the nipples and areolas. As you decide whether breast reduction is right for you, there are certain considerations you will need to keep in mind.
BREAST REDUCTION SCARS
Any procedure that involves incisions may leave a scar. For most breast reduction surgery candidates, the scars are lollipop-shaped (a circle around the areola, then a thin line extending down the breast) or anchor-shaped (the lollipop incision plus a horizontal line underneath the breast). These scars are prominent initially, but will fade significantly during the first year after the procedure.
NIPPLE SENSATION CHANGES
Some women experience changes in nipple sensation after breast reduction surgery. One potential consequence of this procedure is the loss of nipple sensitivity. For most patients, sensitivity is at least partially restored within a month or two. It’s rare, but possible, to completely lose nipple sensation long-term. Certain surgical techniques are more likely to preserve nipple sensation.
BREASTFEEDING AFTER BREAST REDUCTION
Some women who have their breast size reduced report difficulty breastfeeding. It can be difficult to predict which patients may face this problem. If this is something that concerns you, it may be wise to postpone your breast reduction procedure until you’re finished having children and nursing them.
IS A SCARLESS BREAST REDUCTION POSSIBLE?
Women who are hesitant to have a standard breast reduction due to the scarring may be interested in a so-called ‘scarless breast reduction’ using liposuction. They may have heard that liposuction breast reduction is a simpler procedure promising minimal complications and easy recovery. However, the success of this approach is limited.
Liposuction can only remove fat, whereas a surgical breast reduction can remove fat, glandular tissue and skin. Additionally, the volume of fat that liposuction can safely remove at one time is limited. Liposuction cannot address the skin at all, meaning it cannot accomplish the lifting effect that a surgical breast lift does or relocate the nipples and areolas to a more attractive position. Liposuction breast reduction simply results in a smaller version of the breasts you had before.
When you visit Dr Choy to discuss breast reduction, he will tell you more about the results you might expect from each approach in your specific case. Surgical breast reduction provides the best results in most cases.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE
The breast reduction procedure is often carried out in a hospital or local outpatient facility, depending on the circumstances of the particular case. You will likely be placed under general anesthesia, but there may also be other options open to you if it’s necessary or desired.
During your breast reduction surgery, Dr Ellis Choy will remove any extra tissue, glandular fat and excess skin, freeing the area from excessive weight and size. In addition to the functional aspects of this procedure, he will also reshape and contour the area to create a natural, perkier appearance.
As he works his way through the process, the nipples and areolas will usually remain attached to the tissue underneath your breasts. This surgical approach reduces the risk of losing sensation after the surgery.
However, if your breasts are significantly enlarged, it may be necessary to remove and reposition both the areola and the nipple. During your consult, Dr Ellis Choy will discuss all options with you, giving you a clear insight into what you can expect, as well as the breast reduction cost itself.
Once the excess tissue and fat have been removed, it may be necessary for liposuction to be applied, to reduce the cup size effectively. If your areolas don’t seem to suit the new size of your breasts after the tissue has been lifted, shaped and re-contoured, Dr Choy may reduce the size of these as well.
COMPLEMENTARY PROCEDURES FOR BREAST REDUCTION
Breast reduction achieves life-changing results on its own in many cases. For some patients, Dr Choy may recommend combining breast reduction with another cosmetic procedure for more gratifying results.
Breast lift and breast reduction are both procedures that give women lifted, youthful- looking breasts. So what is the difference? A breast lift is intended to address sagging by removing excess skin. A breast reduction is intended to reduce weight and volume by removing fat, glandular tissue and skin. Reduction always has a lifting component, but for women who want more of a focus on the lift, a combined approach is appropriate. Dr Choy’s breast lift technique can achieve a beautiful shape and flattering proportions without implants.
The changes that accompany pregnancy and birth can make mothers feel unfamiliar or unhappy with their post-baby body. A mummy makeover involves multiple procedures that address unwanted aftereffects of childbearing that cannot be fixed with diet and exercise, such as drooping breasts, excess skin on the belly and a boxy waistline. Some women gain breast volume and are left with heavy, uncomfortable breasts that don’t diminish with nursing. For these mums, breast reduction is an ideal solution.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A BREAST REDUCTION SURGICAL PROCEDURE
When your breast reduction plastic surgery is complete, your plastic surgeon Dr Ellis Choy or a member of his team will provide you with an outpatient consultation. As every case is different – and breast reduction procedures are carried out to different extents and on different levels – it is difficult to say precisely what you will experience. However, the outpatient session will give you all the answers you need about beginning your recovery.
Most women can expect soreness and discomfort immediately after the surgical procedure and for some time afterward. There may also be some loss of sensation in the nipples or the breast tissue after the procedure. Often sensation returns over the course of weeks or months, but it may be long-term or even permanent in some cases.
You will be required to set aside downtime from your daily exercises and routine for about two to four weeks, depending on the complexity and nature of your treatment. During this time, Dr Choy will ask that you adhere to all guidelines given so that you can provide your body with the best road to recovery. The steps you will need to take may look something like this:
- Take all prescribed medication given to you for the first week.
- Undergo drainage of excess fluids or blood for the first week.
- Avoid ‘adult activities’ for up to a week.
- Aim to have at least one to two weeks off work — if you have a physical job, you may need more time to heal.
- Wear a compression bra 24/7 to help the area recover without any impact or damage inflicted on it. This will provide support and will be required for up to six weeks.
- Avoid all heavy lifting for up to six weeks. You can start light activity after the first two weeks.
By sticking to the healing guidelines given to you, you can better your chance at a speedy recovery.
LIFE AFTER BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Overall, patient satisfaction after breast reduction surgery is remarkably high. Women who choose this procedure report feeling more confident, comfortable and attractive after the operation. Many no longer suffer from constant stress on their neck, back and shoulders. Others say they no longer have difficulty finding clothing that fits them correctly. Additional benefits of breast reduction surgery may include:
- More balanced body proportions
- Increased ability to exercise and be physically active
- Reduced bra strap indentations and skin irritation
- Improved posture
- More positive self-image
The results of breast reduction surgery are designed to be long-lasting. Because your breasts are partly made up of fat tissue, you may see fluctuations in your bra size if you gain or lose weight after the procedure. It’s also important to note that breast size can fluctuate according to hormonal changes or pregnancy. If these instances occur, the results of your breast reduction may shift, and you may require another surgery to restore your preferred breast appearance. Your breasts will continue to age normally after a breast reduction, but you will likely continue seeing benefits cosmetically as well as to your quality of life.
To learn more about the results we can achieve, click here to take a look at before and after photos of our breast reduction procedure work. Remember that during your consultation with Dr Choy, an outline of what you can expect for your particular goals and desires will be provided to you, as well as an indication of what breast reduction cost you can expect.
To schedule an appointment, or to get more details regarding the cost of breast reduction or any other aspect of the procedure, get in touch with our team today. Call 02 8962 9388 or book a consultation online!
BREAST REDUCTION PATIENT STORY
“For as long as I can remember I have always had large breasts,” a breast reduction patient shared. The problem slowly progressed until, finally, she had to take action. “When I was younger in the beginning, I kind of didn’t mind them, but as time progressed, I grew to hate them.”
Also, the problem included much more than the size of her breasts. “I would fluctuate in weight, and eventually one was so much larger than the other that it made me depressed and I hated the way I looked. Nothing I did naturally would help.” She tried exercise to reduce her weight, but the size of her breasts made her efforts painful and didn’t help.
“I would have to wear two to three sports bras just to feel comfortable running, and team that with a jumper just to be safe. Baggy clothes became my comfort, not only because that was [what I] felt comfortable in but also because I could barely get clothes that fit.” The problem took an emotional toll as well as a physical one. “I was so sick of my friends saying wow you’re boobs are huge … it was upsetting. Some days it was hard to stop myself from bursting into tears.”
The problem continued for years before she finally sought help from an experienced specialist plastic surgeon. Breast reduction offers many benefits. It can help women feel more comfortable, look better — regardless of what they wear — and also noticeably increase their confidence. Women can enjoy more of all these benefits when they rely upon a highly-qualified, trained and experienced specialist plastic surgeon to perform their surgery. Results must be precisely tailored to a woman’s physique and personality to provide maximum benefit, and her surgeon must have the skills to realise his patient’s specific aesthetic goals.
This is why women in Sydney trust specialist plastic surgeon Dr Ellis Choy for all their cosmetic needs, including breast reduction surgery. The surgeon can readily demonstrate his exceptional skills and taste through numerous before and after photos of real, past patients and also through referrals. The surgeon takes pride in delivering not only beautiful results but also the genuine and lasting wellbeing that his patients experience when they look their very best.
*This information about breast reduction was reviewed by Dr Ellis Choy. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
Breast Reduction Information Sheet
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