Breast reduction surgery involves a combination of skin and breast tissue removal and reshaping. The surgery aims to reduce the size and weight of large breasts by lifting the breasts off the lower chest and upper abdomen. The objective is to leave the breasts smaller and lighter, sitting higher on the chest and closer to the body.
Pre and post-operative (5 months after surgery) photos of an 18-year-old woman who had a breast reduction. Over 200g of breast tissue was removed from each breast, reducing the weight of the breasts and simultaneously placing the nipple and areola in a higher position.
This breast reduction surgery resulted in a scar around the outside of the areola which has been reduced in diameter, as well as a scar that extends from the 6’oclock position of the areola down the front of the breast joining a scar in the infra-mammary fold, this is commonly referred to as an anchor scar.
Scars will fade over time, with 12 months or more the typical time required for scars to fade to their best. Despite the scar around the areola, the areola remains attached to the breast with the skin being adjusted around it. This is important for a number of reasons, one reason in particular for younger women is that it allows the potential ability to breastfeed in the future. The ability to breastfeed is variable between women and also between pregnancies. However, while the nipple remains attached to the breast the ability to breast feed will remain a possibility.
The team at Avery are here for you throughout every step of your journey. To help you with your initial research before deciding to go ahead with surgery, you can discover our wonderful patients' journeys here.
You can also see more before and after images, here. Dr Avery has extensive experience performing surgery and as we take our patients’ privacy very seriously, we do not display our full gallery online. All patients with photographs in the gallery have provided written consent.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with any surgery, it is advisable to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified medical practitioner such as a Plastic Surgeon.
Plastic Surgeon is a regulated term that can only be used by surgeons who have completed specialty training within plastic surgery and are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). The specialty training undertaken by Plastic Surgeons includes the surgical skills required for excellence in aesthetic surgery.