Enlarged breasts can cause stress on the back and neck muscles, resulting in unnecessary discomfort and pain
If you are suffering from back and neck pain due to large, heavy breasts, Dr Anh and her professional team can help you. Often women who have breasts that are too large for their frame may suffer neck, shoulder and back pain, rashes under their breasts and grooves in their shoulders from bra straps. Furthermore, they may have trouble exercising, have difficulty finding clothing and bras that fit and feel self-conscious about their appearance.
You wake up in the morning ready to start your day, but already you can feel the pain. Sleeping uncomfortably through the night leaves you feeling tired, and as soon as you get up, you can feel the strain on your neck and lower back — and you still have the whole day to get through. Hopefully, you have not already begun to experience the headaches that also frequently occur when women have overly large breasts. The toll of all these factors can be extreme, and you likely don’t have any meaningful way to alleviate the pain except over-the-counter pain meds.
Fortunately, you can correct this situation by having an often straightforward procedure called a breast reduction surgery which can eliminate the causes of these problems and improve your look, too. With a breast reduction by Dr Anh, most women can regain their comfort, their confidence and their life!
If you are suffering from back and neck pain due to large, heavy breasts, Dr Anh Nguyen and her professional team can help you. Often women who have breasts that are too large for their frame may suffer neck, shoulder and back pain, rashes under their breasts and grooves in their shoulders from bra straps. Furthermore, they may have trouble exercising, have difficulty finding clothing and bras that fit and feel self-conscious about their appearance. All of these feelings are completely normal, and the treatment options available to you can help you feel more confident with your body image each and every day!
What is a breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery (also known as mammoplasty) is designed to reduce the size and weight of the breasts and to reshape and uplift the breasts. During this procedure, any excess fat around the breasts, as well as glandular tissue and skin, is removed to help create a shape and size that’s in better proportion to your figure.
It can be one of the most rewarding procedures for both patient and surgeon, and Dr Anh will explain all of your options to you during your consultation. Additionally, the procedure can help you to alleviate all of the discomfort that comes from having breasts that are too large. The end result is greater peace of mind and satisfaction with your body, an outcome which is priceless.
Why should I consider breast reduction?
I have so many problems, and I’m not even sure they’re all related to the size of my breasts. How do I know whether a breast reduction will solve these problems? I don’t want to have a surgery unless I know it’s going to fix the issues I have. I don’t want to spend the time or the money — or take the risk — if I don’t have to. What relief can I expect if I get the surgery?
A breast reduction can help relieve many symptoms caused by breasts which are too large for your frame. These issues include back pain, skin problems, including drooping, and, most importantly, the emotional stress you likely experience on a day-to-day basis because you’re dealing with a lot of pain, self-consciousness and a problem you simply can’t solve on your own. Dr Anh can help, with a breast reduction surgery that you can have in-hospital, safely, and that will provide years of improved comfort and confidence.
Relief from Back Pain
Having larger breasts means that there is a lot more weight on your chest, adding far more strain on your back when bending over and lifting, resulting in back pain. Furthermore many large breasted women worsen their back pain by slouching and having poor posture in an attempt to reduce the appearance of their bust line. Eventually, the back pain can become so bad that it prevents women from comfortably carrying out everyday activities such as working and exercising comfortably. In this instance, you will be extremely well served consulting with an experienced female plastic surgeon like Dr Anh and considering having a breast reduction surgery.
Relief from Skin Problems
There are also several skin problems that are a complication of having larger breasts, most commonly occurring in the area underneath the breasts, which, as a consequence of the breast’s size, becomes very difficult to keep dry.
Yeast infections, heat rash and chafing are common complaints women have. Chafing occurs when the inside of the upper arms continually rubs against the sides of the breasts, or if the bra is ill-fitting and the breasts rub against the fabric and straps. Yeast infections and heat rash are also common skin problems. This occurs because sweat becomes trapped and does not evaporate, causing itching, irritation and skin discolouration. Again, suffering from these skin problems on a daily basis can have a debilitating effect both physically and emotionally, and a breast reduction may provide the relief that women so desperately need.
Relief from Drooping BreastsLarge breasts put more pressure on the surrounding muscles and skin and, in time, they can begin to droop, also. It is possible to improve this sagginess and lessen the likeliness that this problem will recur by having a breast reduction treatment. In some cases, Dr Anh may recommend you receive both the breast reduction and lift treatments in the same surgery to get the best and longest-lasting results.
Greater Peace of Mind
Having a large chest can also make some women feel overly self-conscious as well as making it difficult to find fashionable and comfortable clothes that fit. You might even find it difficult to sleep comfortably at night, leaving you to feel tired and irritable all day. Large breasts can also stop women from partaking in sporting activities and even adversely affect intimacy. After a breast reduction, you can feel comfortable in your own skin again, relax and truly enjoy life!
If you’re still unsure about having a breast reduction procedure, compare your goals with the list below:
- If you would like to permanently decrease your cup size: The procedure is a long-term one and will provide you with a lasting solution for having an overly large breast size.
- If you are experiencing pain: Sometimes the size of your breasts can profoundly affect how much pain and discomfort you’re in. Insurance may also cover breast reduction costs if it concerns your health.
- If you have uneven breasts: It’s very common (and normal) to have one breast that’s larger than the other one.
- If you’re feeling self-conscious with the lack of symmetry, the treatment will give you a more balanced result.
- If you generally feel self-conscious: Many women feel uncomfortable with the size of their breasts and find it challenging to wear certain clothes.
- If you feel like your breasts are heavy: Otherwise known as ‘pendulous breasts’ (which often occur after pregnancy or nursing), you may have nipples that seem to point downwards. In some instances, Dr Anh and the team of surgeons may recommend getting a breast reduction and lift to accommodate for this condition, ultimately elevating your breasts again and reducing their size at the same time.
- If you commonly get rashes or irritation: Because of the size of your breasts, you may have rashes appearing under your breasts frequently, mostly because of increased sweating and a lack of proper air circulation in the area. The procedure eliminates this issue. As above, it may also be recommended that you undergo a breast reduction and lift at the same time to get the best possible results.
- If you have trouble doing any physical activity: No matter how many sports bras you wear, you might feel as though you can’t exercise consistently or comfortably, leading to a lack of self-esteem, frustration and even more health problems.
What should I expect in my consultation?
You arrive at your breast reduction consultation excited by the prospects of how the surgery can change your life but also a little bit nervous about your appointment and having the procedure. A surgery is serious, and what if it doesn’t solve the concerns you have? Also, it’s embarrassing discussing such personal information with a complete stranger. You don’t even share some of these things with your closest friends or partner. Honestly, you’d rather not think about it at all, but it’s gotten to the point that, if you don’t do something about it now, it’s never going to get better. And you know it’s not going to go away on its own, either. Now is the time to do something. You need relief. You need to feel good again. Right now.
Dr Anh understands just how daunting the initial consultation can be for you. It is only natural to feel nervous about revealing your concerns about your breasts, and it is only natural to feel self-conscious when sharing your personal feelings about your appearances with someone you have never met before. Dr Anh knows how you feel and will make the consultation as comfortable for you as possible. You’re not alone.
To get to the heart of your concerns, Dr Anh and her cosmetic consultants will spend about 30 minutes with you to gain a better understanding of why you are seeking a breast reduction, what results you want to achieve from the reduction mammoplasty and what your expectations are of having the procedure. She will obtain a medical and surgical history and then examine you comfortably while you’re in the office.
After that, she will discuss with you what options will best meet your needs (the type of breast reduction, scars, size of reduction, etc.), complications and implications if any were to occur, the steps that will be taken to minimise them, your aftercare requirements and expected postoperative recovery.
She will show you before and after photos of her patients who have had a breast reduction, answer any of your questions and provide you with written material about breast reduction surgery for you to take home. A quote will be given to you at the end of the consultation and the practice manager will explain all of the costs involved in the surgery so that you are comfortable.
Dr Anh believes that the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a very personal and important one and should not be made without considerable research, information and understanding. That is why she will recommend you go and seek other opinions, obtain as much information as possible and be comfortable with the surgeon you choose to perform this cosmetic surgery for you. This transparent approach leading to your total comfort with your choice of surgeon and procedure is the mission of her practice — to recommend a holistic, honest and compassionate course of treatment that meets her clients’ ultimate needs and exceeds them.
Dr Anh will also recommend you have a second consultation, to go over all the details again prior to your surgery and ensure any questions you might still have are answered.
How can I prepare for the surgery?
Now that I’ve decided to have my breast reduction surgery, I want to be sure I do everything possible so that it goes well. What can I be doing before my hospital date to have the safest possible surgery and get the results I want? Is there anything I should avoid, so I don’t have any complications?
While Dr Anh and her team will have communicated all specific requirements to you before surgery, here are a few more steps you can take to be fully prepared for a successful surgery!
- If you have been asked to get any X-rays or tests done, make sure you complete them immediately.
- Create an area in your home that you can use as a “recovery space.” This should include all the essentials for when you return from your breast reduction and lift – have pillows, ice packs, a thermometer and your phone all easily accessible.
- If possible, arrange for a friend or family member to transport you to and from the clinic. It’s also recommended that you have someone stay with you to provide you with any extra support you may need over the first few days after your procedure.
- Follow all preoperative guidelines and instructions given to you by Dr Anh and her team.
What happens during the procedure?
It’s natural to be nervous on the day of your procedure, but you’ve done your homework — you’ve researched all your options, selected a leading and extremely qualified surgeon in Dr Anh and prepared yourself well prior to your hospital date to ensure you have a safe surgery visit and begin recovery without complications. And you’ve already discussed all the details of your surgery with Dr Anh beforehand. To help you relax even further, here’s what you can expect to happen during your procedure — although, of course, your surgery may vary somewhat since it is not generic and was planned specifically with your needs in mind!
The types of techniques used in the treatment will always vary from patient to patient and the size of the breast that the surgical team is aiming to achieve. However, it’s likely that your treatment will include surgery through carefully placed incisions, and the potential for liposuction to remove any excess fat or skin around the breasts.
During this, Dr Anh will make strategic incisions around the areolas and downwards on each breast. Progressing to remove the excess tissue in the area, Dr Anh will then reduce the size of each breast by eliminating unnecessary fat and skin. As the surgery is performed, the breasts are also reshaped and the areola and nipples will be repositioned to restore their original position, youthfulness and attractiveness.
Why should I get a breast reduction and lift at the same time?
While many patients ask if breast reduction surgery can lift the breasts overall, there are distinct differences between the two treatments. A reduction instantly reduces the cup size by removing excess tissue, fat and skin. While the breasts may be lifted naturally because of this, it’s not the primary function or outcome. A breast lift (mastopexy), on the other hand, is specifically designed to raise the profile of the breasts to be more youthful. This is done by removing unneeded skin in the area and tightening all of the tissue around it. During your consultation, Dr Anh may recommend that you undergo both treatment types to get the results that will help you feel most comfortable and look your best.
What should I expect afterwards?
You’ve made it! Your procedure is over and you’re headed home for recovery. You’ve already prepared your home with everything you’ll need so you can focus on rest and healing, and you even have some help waiting there for you, too, to make it even easier and more successful. Dr Anh has walked you through each stage of recovery, so you feel confident as you leave the clinic — already well on your way to a body without daily discomfort or self-consciousness — that you’ve made the right decision. This is the beginning of a whole new life!
Immediately after your breast reduction surgery, your breasts may feel sensitive and tender. This is completely normal. They’ll be dressed in gauze and bandages. Occasionally or very rarely, a tube may be placed under each of your arms to drain any extra fluids and blood. Following your procedure, you’ll be prescribed with pain management medication and antibiotics to keep infections away and discomfort under control.
In the first few days after your treatment, you should expect to feel a little uncomfortable. Your breasts will still be quite swollen and bruised. Additionally, Dr Anh may recommend a special elastic compression bra to help protect the area.
Remember that results will be visible immediately, but it can take a couple of months for all the swelling to subside and for the scars to fade. While the end result is permanent, breast size and shape can change due to a number of circumstances, so it’s important to keep this in mind and maintain your overall health, weight and active lifestyle to protect your results.
Will I have scarring?
Scarring is an unavoidable part of a breast reduction and lift procedure, and it will inevitably be visible to some degree. While it will fade significantly over time, it may never entirely disappear, however. You also may need to have a few follow-up appointments with Dr Anh to remove stitches and to assess the progress of your recovery. You’ll not want to miss these, and these can ensure that you heal well and look just the way you want to; after all, it’s the entire reason you made the brave choice to have your surgery.
Can my surgery be performed by an all female staff?
We understand and appreciate how having an all female surgical team can be important for some patients. This requires additional coordination between the hospitals, anaesthetists and our clinic, and can sometimes add additional wait time until your surgery. With this in mind, having an all female surgical team is something that we are definitely able to arrange, simply mention this to Dr Anh during your scheduled consultation and our friendly surgical team will make the necessary arrangements.
Women in the Perth and Western Australia region, schedule your breast reduction consultation with Dr Anh today!
Having a breast reduction surgery can seem overwhelming at first, but not when you select a capable and experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon like Dr Anh who understands women’s needs and has the skills and compassion to transform what was once a problem area into a source of beauty, self-assurance and pride. From a welcoming and thoughtful consultation process to a well-planned recovery, you can feel assured at every stage that you are in capable hands with Dr Anh.
The surgeon’s patient commitment and expertise in breast surgery make her among the most sought and respected doctors in the region for breast reduction, and her understanding of a woman’s needs are without equal. Whether you select a breast reduction or combination surgery that includes a breast lift, you will have a surgery that adheres to the highest safety standards with a renewed look that will exceed your expectations.
Take the first step toward a new body now and call to schedule your consultation with Dr Anh today. You can reach Dr Anh now on 1300 8DRANH. Reveal the real you with a breast reduction performed by Dr Anh!
Breast Reduction Cost
There are several factors that need to be taken into account when determining the cost of a breast reduction. Every patient’s breasts and requirements are as unique as they are, which is why the cost of a reduction is different for everyone. Hospital and anaesthetist fees, as well as aftercare expenses, will also play a role. Fortunately, there is a chance that this procedure will qualify for a Medicare rebate because in many cases, a breast reduction is medically necessary. If you want to take advantage of a rebate, it’s highly recommended that you obtain a GP referral prior to your appointment with Dr Anh.
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