Thinking about breast reduction? Find out if it’s right for you

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Large and oversized breasts can leave many women feeling physically uncomfortable. Be it pain from the neck down to the upper back, or the discomfort from physical activities, a lot of women feel frustrated with the problems a large chest can come with.

For women in this situation, breast reduction might be a solution you’ve thought about. 

And it isn’t just women with naturally-large chests, either – some are women who’ve gotten breast enhancement and are now considering breast implant removal for the exact same reasons.

If you’re looking for breast reduction in Cairns, you’ve come to the right place. Our team doesn’t just carry out the procedure – we understand that as a surgery that will change your body, you can feel a bit anxious about the whole process.

That’s why we make it our mission to prioritise the experience, ensuring you have a good understanding of what surgery involves and what you can expect during recovery and realistic outcomes. 

And that starts long before your first procedure, with articles such as this one explaining what you can expect.

So, what can you expect if you decide to choose mammoplasty surgery?

What are the symptoms of needing a breast reduction?

Breast reduction, also known as mammoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue to make women’s (and even some men’s) breasts smaller.

Of course, it isn’t just appearances that drive women to elect for this surgery – there are many other reasons why women may elect for Breast surgery at Cairns to reduce the size of their breasts…

Mild to chronic back, neck and shoulder pain

Large breast size can come with moderate or significant upper back, shoulder and neck pain. This is caused by the muscles in these parts of your body coming under strain due to the extra weight they need to support – something that’s exacerbated by poor posture.

Women with larger chests often find that their shoulders naturally roll forward as a result, compressing the shoulder blades, muscles and nerves, resulting in chronic pain. 

When your breasts are becoming too heavy for you to carry without pain, it might be time to start thinking about ways to fix the problem or eliminate your pain. For some, that can mean consulting with your surgeon to understand your options.

Trouble participating in sports activities

You’re an active woman. You play at a club, spend hours every morning in the pool, run daily, or spend all of your downtime in the gym.

Large breasts can pose a major challenge for active women, causing difficulty when participating in sports and other physical activities. 

Not only does it make things difficult, but it can also cause considerable frustration and pain, especially if you don’t have a good sports bra to provide support. 

Difficulty sleeping

Everybody has a preferred sleeping position. Some sleep on their backs, others on their stomachs, and some turn into a tangle of limbs over the night.

If you’ve noticed that you have to sleep on your sides out of necessity rather than out of comfort however, this might be a bit of a red flag!

That’s because large and heavy breasts can make sleeping difficult by adding extra weight when lying on your back or stomach, which can impact your ability to breathe.

And as we all know, good quality sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health and wellbeing, so this is a warning sign that can’t be ignored!

Skin rashes or irritation

Large breasts can also cause irritation and rashes on your skin as heat, moisture, and bacteria can gather, leading to redness and infection.

This is something many women don’t have to deal with – for women who have larger breasts however, it’s something you might need to contend with on a regular basis.

Having trouble buying clothes that fit

Suppose you’re having difficulty finding clothes that will fit you well, especially when it comes to tops.

Regardless of whether you’ve just gotten breast implants at Cairns or have a naturally large chest, this is something that most women with large breasts may struggle with.

Now, it isn’t necessarily a big make-or-break factor for all women – if you pride yourself on staying fashion-forward however, it’s something to consider.

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Difficulty breathing

Are you starting to feel heavy cramps on your chest, and struggling to breathe freely, deeply, and normally, especially when you’re lying down?

If so, then it may be time to consider breast reduction surgery.

The size of your breasts can put extra weight and pressure on your ribs and diaphragm, making it harder for you to breathe deeply.

When should you consider a breast reduction?

So now you know some of the things that can indicate that your breasts are too large, and are impeding your ordinary day-to-day life.

Of course, breast reduction is only one of the potential ways to remedy these issues.

After all, surgery is a big decision to make – so what could you do in the meantime to see if you can reduce discomfort or pain?

  • A better-fitted, custom bra (visit a specialist lingerie store with qualified bra fitters who can assist)
  • New techniques to take to the gym (speak to your trainer about modified or alternative moves)
  • Postural aids and supports (visit your chiro and speak to them about the pain you’re experiencing)

While surgery is a feasible option for many women, we believe in the power of knowledge, and want to help you discover alternative solutions to surgery that may help alleviate your pain. 

If you still have questions or are interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery, please get in touch with us. We would be more than happy to sit down with you, learn a little about your lifestyle and pain issues, and help you understand how breast reduction surgery may help. 

It isn’t just women, either – large and oversized breasts also affect men. If you’d like to learn more about breast reduction for men, visit our gynecomastia surgery information page.

What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?

So you’ve spoken with a plastic surgeon and have decided that that breast reduction is the way forward.

As a form of surgery, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t come without its risks. All types of surgery carries risk and has side-effects.

Our team is here to support you through the entire process, including helping you prepare for these side-effects and help you through the safest breast reduction recovery process.

Before you finally achieve those lighter, proportionate, and even smaller breasts, you may experience a number of physical changes, as well as some pain and discomfort – this is a normal part of the healing process.

Some of these side-effects may include:

  • Swollen and bruised breast/s
  • Scarring
  • Mild pain and discomfort
  • A drainage tube in the wound to prevent liquid buildup
  • Numbness

This is why it is always important to have realistic expectations for breast reduction surgery to prepare yourself emotionally and psychologically. Our team is up-front about what you can expect to follow your surgery.

More importantly, we’ll also prescribe a tailored recovery routine with post-operative care instructions and supports. In addition to speeding up your healing, they will also help avoid complications after breast reduction surgery:

  • Bleeding and infection
  • A change in nipple sensation
  • Keloid or lumpy scar
  • Blood clot
  • Lumps
  • Wrinkling

The full recovery process may take six months to at least a year depending on your circumstances – throughout that entire period however, we’re here to help should any unexpected problems arise.

Other breast reduction FAQs

Does a breast reduction make you look thinner?

Breast reduction surgery will remove excess fat in your body however this is specific to your breast region only. Reducing your breast size may help boost your confidence and give the illusion of being “thinner”, however the physical effects will be limited to your chest area.

If you want to trim fat in other parts of your body, you will need to exercise, improve your diet, or consider other types of surgery instead.

Do you lose weight after a breast reduction?

Yes. Breast reduction surgery is all about removing excess fat, skin and tissue – something that has the side effect of affecting the numbers on your scales as well.

However – breast reduction is NOT a substitute for weight loss. 

How much weight is removed in breast reduction?

The amount of weight removed depends on the scope of your surgery and your goals. 

There’s no real way to answer this question without sitting down with your plastic surgeon.

Is breast reduction worth it?

Call Cairns Plastic Surgery today to find out!

Breast reduction surgery might be the solution to your particular problem. If you’ve already tried changing your habits but are still fed up with the pain and discomfort of oversized breasts, contact Cairns Plastic Surgery today.

Our team is committed to providing the most pleasant experience possible – and that starts from the very beginning. Our focus is on providing an honest, caring, and seamless experience that makes you feel comfortable from the very first meeting to long after your procedure.

Dr Isolde Hertess and the team at Cairns understands that breast reduction surgery is a major decision you need to make. We understand your concerns and questions, and take steps to ensure that you’re fully-informed and comfortable throughout.

Book a chat to discuss all your concerns and to learn more about the breast reduction process and recovery.

Call Cairns Plastic Surgery on (07) 4031 5755 or fill in this enquiry form, and we’ll get in touch with you soon!