Having very large breasts can be a hindrance for many women. Making the decision to have a breast reduction can (literally) feel like an enormous weight off your chest.
Many of the issues women experience are universal and can include:
- Chronic neck, back and shoulder pain
- Finding clothes that properly fit their frame
- Grinding headaches or even migraines
- Unwanted sexual attention
- Difficulty exercising
- Trouble getting a good night sleep
So what are your options? Indeed, more and more women in Perth are turning to breast reduction procedures. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 11,886 Australian women registered interest in a breast reduction and lift in 2018. That’s up by 1,289 people in 2017 and by more than 2000 only five years ago. It’s clear that women no longer want to be defined or imprisoned by their boobs.
Yet, some women who want, and need, the procedure are understandably nervous. Are breast reductions and breast lifts two separate operations? How long does it take to heal? Will you be left with small, saggy boobs if you don’t also get a lift?
Let’s explore the options available and whether you’re the right candidate for a breast reduction and lift.
Do Breast Reductions and Lifts Come as One?
Although they are separate procedures, breast reduction surgery in Perth is quite often followed by a breast lift or a breast augmentation. A breast reduction can almost always be a lift as well so if your main aim is to have smaller, lighter and more “perky” breasts, then a reduction as a lift is the correct option.
Breast reduction removes any excess skin, fat tissue and breast gland structures to reduce the size and alleviate the weight. With both, a reduction and lifting procedure, the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. At the same time, the surrounding skin is bought together to reshape the breast.
The result is higher, perkier breasts that are more suited to your frame and comfort.
A breast reduction is always considered a medical (non-cosmetic) operation and so is claimable through the healthcare system while a lift is either a cosmetic or non-cosmetic operation. If either procedure includes insertion of implants then this is usually considered a cosmetic operation without the ability to claim.
Dr Goldman will go through all these issues with you at the consultation.
Is There a ‘Right Time’ to have Breast Reduction Surgery?
It’s understandable that your breast reduction and lift may be your number one priority. Feeling comfortable in your own body is something nobody should have to wait for but let’s take a step back for a second – is now the right time?
Consider the following:
1: Have your breasts finished developing?
In most cases, your breasts will finish developing by the time you’re 18 – which is the minimum age for the surgery.
If your breasts aren’t fully developed, they will continue to do so after the procedure. You could end up with results you’re not happy with within a few years.
2: Are you considering a pregnancy?
When you become pregnant, your breasts will naturally change shape and size. If you’ve already had a breast reduction and lift, you may find the pregnancy will alter the results of your procedure.
3: Are you planning on breastfeeding?
If you plan on breastfeeding after your pregnancy, you may experience stretching of the breasts. As with pregnancy, this is very natural. Be sure to raise your breastfeeding plans with your doctor before your surgery.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
As with any surgery, your breast reduction and lift will be tailored specifically to you and your body shape.
Your surgeon will give you detailed advice about pre and post-surgery care. Make sure you follow their advice – you want you, and your boobs, looking and feeling their best after the operation.
Remember that a breast reduction and lift is surgery and should be treated seriously. Though bruises will fade, and your breasts may look fabulous after the first few weeks, it can take up to a year to fully recover.
How Much Does a Breast Reduction and Lift Cost?
The cost of a breast lift and reduction varies from person to person. It’s not a one-size-fits-all, as it depends on your current shape and desired results.
Some surgeons may quote a starting price to bring people to their practice. Please be warned, though – likely, the final costs will far exceed that estimate.
To find out the cost of your breast reduction and lift, contact Dr Goldman in Perth surgery today. During your first consultation, you’ll discuss the results you want from your procedure. This will help determine the final cost.
How do I Choose the Right Cosmetic Surgeon?
You know you want a breast reduction and lift, but how do you find the right surgeon for your needs?
Dr Robert Goldman is a specialist surgeon based in Perth. With 35 years of cosmetic surgery experience, Dr Goldman also has a lengthy list of qualifications, including FRACS, MB, ChB, and B.Sc. (Hons).
Dr Goldman and his team will ensure that you receive the best of care throughout your entire procedure – including post-op.