Dr Mistry Explains: Breast Reduction Consultation

Breast Reduction

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Possible Risks and Complications

Large breast reduction is generally safe, but patients do have the risk of experiencing complications. These include:

  • Allergic reactions to anaesthetics
  • Uneven breasts
  • Changes in nipple, skin and breast sensation
  • Need for further surgery to treat complications and fix problems
  • Swelling, bruising and skin discolouration

After Surgery Recovery

It is likely that after the procedure, you will need time off to rest and recover. Your recovery may include some of the following:

  • Taking medications to aid healing
  • Caring for yourself after surgery
  • Post operative Care
  • Taking time off normal exercise and activities

Breast Reduction in Newcastle

If you would like to inquire about having a breast reduction procedure in Newcastle, or if you would like to book a consultation, contact the team at Dr Mistry’s today or call 02 4002 4198.

Breast Reduction

Frequently Asked

This varies depending on the type of surgery undertaken, as well as patient’s individual considerations. It’s also worth noting that while wounds from surgery may heal relatively quickly, full rehab may take longer. 

The smallest size one can go for breast reduction is dependent on whether there is enough breast tissue, milk ducts, and blood supply to support the function of the breasts and nipples. The nipple needs adequate blood supply throughout the breast tissue; otherwise, it may suffer from a lack of blood supply that may potentially result in a loss of feeling or sensation.

The decision to have a breast reduction before or after having children depends on your current physical and emotional well-being, family plans, and personal preferences. Choosing a breast reduction before kids could provide immediate relief from discomfort and boost self-confidence, with the potential benefits of having less impact on future pregnancy and breastfeeding. Opting for the procedure after having kids might account for post-pregnancy breast changes and streamline the surgical process if considering additional procedures, requiring careful consideration and consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to make an informed choice that aligns with your goals and circumstances.

After breast reduction surgery, wear a supportive compression bra or surgical garment initially to minimise swelling and aid healing, then transition to comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, such as front-closure tops and soft fabrics, to avoid irritation on incision sites. Avoid underwire bras and padded options initially, following your surgeon’s advice, and opt for supportive sports bras without underwire as you progress in healing. Always prioritise your surgeon’s recommendations for optimal post-operative care and comfort.

The level of pain experienced during and after a breast reduction procedure can vary from person to person. While the surgery is typically performed under anaesthesia, which minimises pain during the procedure, discomfort and pain are common after the surgery due to the incisions, tissue manipulation, and healing process. Many individuals report mild to moderate pain, soreness, and discomfort in the first few days to weeks following the surgery. Pain management strategies, including prescribed pain medications, rest, and following post-operative care instructions, can help alleviate discomfort during the initial recovery period. It’s important to discuss pain management options and expectations with your surgeon before the procedure to ensure you are prepared and have a clear understanding of what to expect.

Understanding the difference between cosmetic surgery vs. plastic and reconstructive surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a medical specialty that primarily focuses on enhancing a patient’s appearance. It is associated with aesthetic goals aimed at improving or altering physical features to achieve a more pleasing look. 

Cosmetic surgery procedures are entirely elective, and they are not typically covered by Medicare or private health funds. In most cases, patients pay for cosmetic surgeries out of their own pockets.

One important distinction to note is that cosmetic surgery is not associated with the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) in Australia, and as a result, there are no corresponding MBS item numbers or codes for these procedures. Therefore, individuals who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery can expect to bear the full cost of the procedure. Surgical costs include (but are not limited to): 

  • Fee for surgeon
  • Fee for anaesthetist
  • Fee for theatre

Plastic and reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is a medical specialty that is primarily concerned with restoring or improving the aesthetic and function of the body. 

These procedures often involve addressing congenital abnormalities, trauma-related injuries, or medical conditions that affect a person’s appearance or bodily functions. Importantly, many plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures may qualify for coverage by private health fund providers.

In Australia, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures are typically associated with MBS item numbers. If the criteria specified in the MBS guidelines are met, private health fund providers may partially cover the cost of these procedures. This means that patients who meet the necessary requirements under their insurance policy can benefit from reduced out-of-pocket expenses when undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Surgeries such as Abdominoplasty for example can be both a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.

Please Note: Information provided on Dr Mistry’s website is provided as a basic guide, it does not constitute a diagnosis and should not be taken as medical advice. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.