Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction or reduction mammaplasy is a plastic surgical procedure that removes excess skin, breast tissue/gland and moves the nipple areolar complex (NAC) to a higher position producing a more proportional bust line. Ultimately a smaller breast with better shape and contour is produced.
Breast reduction surgery has a rich history in plastic surgery, and involves the reduction of the breast tissue and re-positioning of the nipple. Dr. Jack Zoumaras has presented and published on breast reduction surgery and uses minimal vertical scar techniques where suited to reduce the size of the breast while maintaining or gaining projection and shape.
Breast Reduction Surgery Information:
At Artiste Plastic Surgery, Breast Reduction is performed for the following reasons:
- Large breasts out of proportion to the body
- Juvenile breast hyperplasia (large breast that affect teenage girls)
- Gigantic pendulous breasts that cause back, neck and shoulder pain
- To correct large breast asymmetries
- Desire for more aesthetically pleasing breasts
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Breast Reduction TECHNIQUES
Dr Jack Zoumaras preferred approach is with a vertical scar breast reduction. An incision is made around the nipple areolar complex and continued vertically down the breast (Has been described as a lollipop incision). This allows access to remove excess breast tissue, re-shape the breast gland and move the NAC to a higher position.
This procedure involves an incision around the NAC, vertically down the breast and horizontally in the breast fold (Anchor Scar). This type of breast reduction is used for very large breasts where a vertical scar will not be adequate to reshape and lift the breast gland.
The procedure will be illustrated in detail and you will be given a detailed instruction sheet on expected post-operative course and potential complications during your consultation with Dr Jack Zoumaras.
It is recommended that you are a stable weight for at least 3-6 months to obtain the best possible results.
It is advised to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before and after surgery.
You will stay in hospital overnight in a custom fit dressing and support bra. Pain is managed with oral medications and you can be expected to return to work within 2 weeks and normal physical activity after 6 weeks.
Most women are still able to breast feed, but any operation that involves moving the NAC as with a breast reduction can potentially interfere with breast feeding.
Juvenile breast hyperplasia is a physiological condition that does affect some young girls where the breasts are very large and grow at a fast rate. After careful consideration and consultation with a Plastic Surgeon and Endocrinologist a breast reduction can be performed as early as age 18.
Yes if you are experiencing significant back, neck or shoulder pain then Medicare can subsidise some of the costs of the procedure.