7th of March 2019

5 Things to consider before getting a breast reduction

1. Choice of Surgeon.

When considering Breast Reduction Surgery always do your homework.  Take the time to seek a second opinion.  Choose a fully qualified Plastic Surgeon who is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  A surgeon who specialises in Breast Reduction surgery, who has performed this surgery for more than 10 years.  Who works in an accredited hospital with a regular team of specialist anaesthetists.


2. Body Mass Index – BMI.

Is your weight stable ?  If you are overweight, your risks of complications increases.  That is the risk of wound infections, wound breakdown and all of the anaesthetic potential complications.  Sometimes weight loss makes no difference to breast cup size.  That’s OK.  Its all about optimising all variable factors that affect your outcome.


3. Breast Feeding.

Timing in life is very important.  Not everyone can breastfeed in life.  Having any form of breast surgery can limit your ability to breast feed.  The Lejour technique can improve your chances of successfully breast feeding compared with other techniques. If your symptoms of neck and back pain are limiting your wellbeing and you are not planning on having children for more than 5 years then the benefits of Breast Reduction surgery may out weight the possible risk of not being able to breast feed.  At the end of the day, the choice is yours.


4. Timing.

The more planning that goes into this operation, the better you will cope.  Most women need 3 weeks off work (depending on the type of work).  Your emotional stability is very important.  This is a once in a lifetime operation.  It is not to be rushed into.  You will need emotional support.


5. Private Health Insurance.

Although private health insurance is not absolutely necessary, it is preferable.  Any type of insurance is a personal preference.  You will need to read the fine print of any insurance policy and ensure the policy covers Breast Reduction surgery.  You will need to consider the 12 month waiting period.