About Breast Reduction
Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty) surgery is performed to reduce the size of and re shape the breast. During surgery the excess fat, tissue and skin is removed, then the smaller breast is repositioned along with the nipple, into a better position. It can assist women who have heavy breasts that causes back, neck or shoulder pain and where their bra straps dig into their shoulders.
During your initial consultation with Dr Ritz, he will discuss the procedure with you, pre operatively, what happens during the surgery and your post operative care, and any risks or complications involved, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. He will ask you questions about your medical history, and about your breasts. Your breasts will be assessed, and measured, he will discuss with you your expectations and desired outcome. It is important you understand your options so you can make the right decision about your surgery.
You will have another consultation about 2 weeks prior to your procedure, to discuss the surgery again and answer any further questions you may have.
On the day of surgery you will admit 2 hours prior to surgery. Dr Ritz will see you again and draw markings on you for surgery, the anaesthetist will also speak to you. The surgery is performed by making an incision around the areola, and vertically down to the breast crease. Excess fat and tissue are removed, and the smaller breast is reshaped into a better position along with moving the nipple. The wounds are then closed and dressed.
You need to stay in hospital for 2-3 days. You will have drain tubes in which stay in for 24-48 hours. Upon discharge from the hospital you will go home via our rooms where you will be fitted in a bra which you are required to wear for 6 weeks day and night. We will see you for weekly check ups.
Post Operative Care
You are unable to drive for the first 2 weeks, you are also limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym for the first 6 weeks.