Breast reduction surgery has one of the highest satisfaction rates of all plastic surgery procedures. Many women are troubled by large or pendulous breasts. They experience daily shoulder, neck or back pain and may even have associated headaches. Bra-strap grooving over their shoulders is also common. Some patients suffer from rashes or infections under the breasts. The goal of breast reduction surgery is to alleviate your symptoms but to leave you with breasts that suit or fill out your frame to the degree of your choosing.
Breast reduction, a procedure that is usually covered for you under the Medical Services Plan, can be performed utilizing any number of techniques. You will meet with Dr. Bowman for a thorough discussion of your concerns and goals. He will take a full history and perform a physical examination. Dr. Bowman will will answer all your questions and recommend the procedure that’s right for you. The incision pattern will either be a circle around the areola with a vertical extension (the “lollipop incision“) or a circle around the areola with a vertical extension as well as a horizontal incision within the crease under your breast (the “anchor incision“). The amount of reduction will be carefully considered and will compliment your existing body type.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about an hour and a half to two hours. You will be able to go home the same day wearing a compressive bra to control the swelling which will persist for 4 to 6 weeks. Your activity will be reduced, especially for the first two weeks, and repetitive major arm motions should be avoided for 6 weeks. You will be able to shower immediately as waterproof dressings are used, and all the sutures are buried and will dissolve on their own. You can take medications to control any pain or discomfort, and most patients require these for only a few days.
Breast Reduction surgery is real surgery. Before you decide, it’s important to learn about any possible complications, even though they are rare. These will be fully explained to you during your private consultation with Dr. Bowman in his Vancouver Clinic. You will benefit from asking all your questions and browsing through our before and after photographs.