For some women particularly large and heavy breasts can prove to be a burden not only physically but also emotionally. Whilst some women may be concerned about the disproportion their large breasts may create, others can suffer from back and neck pain, skin irritation and improper posture from the excessive weight. A breast reduction is a surgical procedure which can address both practical and aesthetic concerns and is designed to reduce the overall size of the breast whilst maintaining a natural attractive shape and proportion.
Breast reduction surgery has changed significantly over the past decade. The basis of Dr Watts’ technique is a vertical breast reduction procedure. This technique enables the ability to reposition the nipple areolar complex, reduce the breast volume and maximise the lift and breast shape while minimising the scar. This incision usually extends around the areolar with a vertical limb extending below the areolar. A short horizontal limb may be added within the breast crease but this is significantly shorter than traditional techniques. A traditional breast reduction is left for the largest of volume reductions and entails a longer horizontal extension. Regardless of which technique is required Dr Watts and his team will guide you through their postoperative protocol for scar management to speed healing and minimise scarring.
• Reduce the size of the breasts
• Decrease the weight of the breasts and ease back, neck and shoulder pain
• Elevate the breasts into a more youthful position
• Correct sagging and drooping
• Reposition the nipple and reshape the areola
• Improve breast symmetry and proportion
• Reduce skin rashes, infection and chafing under the breast
Dr Watts will often combine this procedure with liposuction to further contour and define the shape of the breast and reduce fullness under the arm.
Dr Watts performs his breast reduction procedure on an inpatient basis under general anaesthesia. The length of the procedure will depend on many factors, including surgical technique chosen, extent of correction and combination with other cosmetic procedures but on average will take 2-3 hours to complete. Comfortable dressings will be placed over the breasts and a firm supportive bra applied after the procedure. After surgery you will remain in overnight for closer observation and once recovered satisfactorily will be allowed to return home with a friend or family member.
Written procedure specific information sheets will be given to you in order for you to prepare for your surgery and the recovery period. You may experience moderate discomfort after the procedure and so a postoperative analgesia regime will be tailored to meet your specific needs. In general, you can expect most bruising, tenderness and swelling of the breasts to settle within 2 weeks.
Dr Watts and his team are dedicated to providing ongoing care, support and guidance throughout your entire journey. They will be readily available to answer any further questions you may have to ensure a safe and smooth recovery. For more information please call our office to schedule a personal consultation with Dr Watts and discuss how a breast reduction can give you the beautiful and natural looking breasts you desire.