Before and After Breast Reduction Surgery by Dr Hodgkinson
Breast Reduction is a very popular procedure for women who are weighed down by heavy enlarged breasts which often cause symptoms of back pain, neck strain, rashes in the summertime and an inability to wear attractive and brief clothes and with too much emphasis on the chest. The amount of comfort that is gained from the breast reduction is remarkable and patients are grateful for the relief that they feel after the procedure. The procedure is also an artistic and aesthetic one and although techniques have varied slightly over the last 30 years, this is a well-established procedure with the attempt made to maintain the potential for a woman to breastfeed if she is younger and also maintain as much as possible the nerve supply to the nipples. I have performed over 1,000 breast reductions in my over 30 year experience.
The procedure is carried out on an outpatient surgical basis at the Double Bay Day Surgery which is a fully licensed and accredited day surgery hospital. There is some Medicare benefit and patients with private insurance may be eligible to obtain further benefits for the facility and anaesthesia fees. The procedure takes approximately 2 to 2½ hours to perform. Patients go home with their family and they usually take approximately 10 days to 2 weeks off work. The scars are hidden and fade with time. One of the procedures I have been performing over the last 20 years, is the Benelli or Periareolar approach, which limits the scar just around the nipple areolar complex without vertical or horizontal scars. Women seeking smaller reductions may be eligible for this procedure.
An example of recent breast reduction surgery is seen and the comments patients often receive, are how much weight they seem to have lost as they reduce from an E or larger cup down to usually a C cup.
Dr Darryl Hodgkinson