What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Dr Kumar is a specialist plastic surgeon who performs Breast Reduction Surgery in Sydney, Penrith and Orange.
Breast Reduction Surgery (sometimes called a reduction mammoplasty) is an operation that raises, reshapes and reduces large breasts. The procedure removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size and shape in proportion with your body and aims to alleviate the discomfort that can be associated with overly large breasts.
Large breasts can occur as a result of puberty (macromastia) or following childbirth and breast feeding and this can then become symptomatic. Breast reduction surgery in Sydney is also performed on patients who have larger more pendulous breasts as can occur following weight loss or as a person gets older.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery in Sydney?
If you feel that you meet one or more of the following then you may be a good candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery:
- You have concerns with the size, position or weight of your breasts.
- You feel that your breasts are too large, too heavy or too low or all three and have symptoms that reflect this.
- You have difficulty finding clothing that fit properly. Swimsuits, gym gear and well-fitted bras or tops are very difficult to find as your upper body is not in proportion and you often find yourself wearing larger more baggy clothes.
- There is physical discomfort in your breasts or your neck and this can lead to headaches or migraines
- You may suffer from back pain and chronic skin irritations especially in your breast crease as well as bra strap indentations (deep markings).
- Your Breasts are asymmetrical.
- You may be concerned about the position of your nipples and would like to see them sit at a more central location on your breast and chest.
- Post-mastectomy reconstruction
BENEFITS OF BREAST REDUCTION
Common Questions about Breast Reduction in Sydney.
Breast Reduction surgery in Sydney, is performed under general anaesthesia and usually you will stay in hospital overnight. Any pain after the procedure is well controlled with simple analgesia. Dr Kumar only performs this procedure under a general anaesthetic in accredited private hospitals to ensure maximal patient safety and comfort.
Incision Location and Types
1) Vertical Incision (short scar or lollipop scar)
The incision is made around the nipple-areola complex and vertically down to the inframammary fold
A very natural-looking, breast is created with a smaller than usual scar
Occasionally there is a short T extension following the breast crease.
It can be performed in women of any age, once breast maturity has been reached, and is associated with a short recovery period (see below)
2) Inverted T incision (anchor or Wise Pattern)
The incision is made around the nipple-areola complex and vertically down to the inframammary fold and then horizontally across this fold
The scars involved are longer than the ‘vertical’ technique
This operation is reserved for someone who is unsuitable for the ‘vertical’ operation, such as a patient with very large breasts with significant skin surplus.
Your nipples will remain attached but will be repositioned and brought up to the more appropriate height. Your areola is also reduced at this time. Rarely, for extremely large breasts for example, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a high position on the breast. This is called a nipple graft.
Fat Grafting to the breast is not a new procedure. However, the current, more modern techniques of fat harvesting and grafting has made this procedure extremely popular in patients undergoing breast reduction in Sydney. Fat grafting techniques can add a layer of contour to a reduced breast especially in patients who have lost a lot of weight. To learn more about fat grafting please click here to be taken to our fat grafting information page.
Closing the Incisions
At the end of your operation, Dr Kumar will close his incisions with dissolving stitches in multiple layers. This means that no stitches will need to be removed following surgery, for most patients.
This will help reshape your reduced, smaller breasts
As all your sutures are self-dissolving and your dressings are waterproof so you can start having a shower from the day after your surgery. You will be given a garment (post-operative bra) to wear and this is to be worn for 6 weeks after your surgery.
Swelling will begin to decrease within the first two weeks and will continue to improve throughout recovery. Your final results may take up to 6 months to be visible although for most patients the relief is virtually instantaneous.
Risks and Complications
If you are considering breast reduction surgery in Sydney, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with Dr Kumar.
The risk include:
- Partial or total loss of the nipple and/or areola
- Bleeding or haematoma ( blood clot)
- Infection around the incision sites
- Loss of sensation in the nipple
- Wound breakdown
- Abnormal scarring
- Lumpiness or fat necrosis
- Breast asymmetry
- Temporary or permanent areas of numbness around the scar
- Inability to breast feed
- Revision surgery to correct complications or any unevenness between the two sides
Breast reduction surgery actually reduces the relative risk of breast cancer. This is because the breast tissue that is removed from your body can no longer develop into a cancer. The surgery rearranges and removes some of your breast tissue, a new “baseline” mammogram will need to be performed one year after the surgery.
Recovery From Breast Reduction Surgery
The length of your recovery will depend on the specific procedure and technique that Dr Kumar has used for your results. Recovery times can vary from person to person. If you have a “desk job” or one that doesn’t involve significant upper body physical activity, then most patients are back at this within 2 weeks of surgery. In general, however, Dr Kumar suggests that you should allow 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery. Scar maturation/fading often takes longer.
Patients report minor post-operative pain, which can be treated with oral medication. You will be given prescriptions to relieve pain and prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed.
A drain is usually placed in each breast to drain off excess blood and fluids for the first day or two. All sutures are self-dissolving
Dr Kumar will work with you to allow for adequate and proper healing time. It is important to speak with him before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting and exercise.
You will be given post-operative compression garments to wear after your surgery and it is vital that you follow Dr Kumar’s orders with respect to wearing these during your recovery period.
Good results depend on a collaborative approach between you and Dr Kumar. You must be willing to follow the specific instructions given to you by Dr Kumar, and attend all post-operative appointments.
Maintaining your Breast Reduction Results
Please keep in mind that your results from Breast Reduction Surgery may be impacted by fluctuations in your weight, early excessive activity, skin health or Body Mass Index (BMI). Pregnancy and breastfeeding may also impact on your surgical results following your Breast Surgery.
No two patients are the same and surgery results will vary from patient to patient. It is important to work together with Dr Kumar to ensure you get the most out of your surgery and results
DOWNLOAD OUR BREAST REDUCTION GUIDE
- Breast Reduction surgery explained
- How to assess if you are a good candidate
- The surgical procedure
- Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions
- Before and after gallery
BREAST REDUCTION COST
After your initial consultation with Dr Kumar, you will be given a detailed itemised quote. This will include Dr Kumar’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fee
We will also provide information on our in house breast reduction payment plan.
Can private health insurance be used?
If you are privately insured and have the appropriate symptoms then you can usually use this for breast reduction surgery in Sydney. Your operating theatre and hospital costs, including the post operative stay are usually covered if you have the appropriate level of cover. Medicare and your private insurance may also contribute to Dr Kumar’s fees. You can call your health fund and see if you are covered. The Medicare Benefits Schedule code likely to be used is 45523
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Meet The Expert
Dr Rohit Kumar is an Australian certified specialist plastic surgeon (MED0001630444). His particular area of interest is breast and body surgery. Often patients who have achieved massive weight loss, have had one or multiple children (including twins) or have developmental or age related physiological changes ( e.g. large or ptotic breasts) may suffer from significant medical issues as a result. Some of these issues may benefit from plastic surgical procedures and Dr Kumar has over 15 years of experience as a specialist plastic surgeon to help guide you in choosing the right procedure for you.
Dr Kumar as a specialist plastic surgeon has a particular area of interest in body contouring procedures which focus on areas such as the breasts, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks and flanks – the areas that are most affected after losing a significant amount of weight.
During your consultation, Dr Kumar will evaluate your needs and take the time to understand your main concerns before suggesting a surgical plan that suits you.
As a patient of Dr Kumar, you can expect a personalised and positive experience. Working in harmony with you, Dr Kumar and his team strive to deliver results that surpass your expectations and do so in a safe environment. Along with him, his professional and caring team are there to support you on your surgical journey from your first call to well after you have recovered from your surgery.