Mastomegally/macromastia (large breasts) is a very common problem for women. This problem forms a very consistent constellation of symptoms which will affect women however some symptoms may be more noticeable than others in any individual.
Shoulder and neck pain
Breast pain particularly around menstruation
Rash beneath the breasts
Inability to exercise
Difficulty in choosing clothing
Some ladies will experience significant headaches
Breast asymmetry (breasts of different size)
Breast ptosis (downward pointing nipples)
Self-conscious of large breasts
One of the most reliable ways to determine whether a benefit can be achieved with breast reduction surgery is to support your breasts with your hands. If this reduces your symptoms, this is a reliable indicator that an operation will provide you with a benefit. The operation also lifts the breast and therefore rejuvenates the breast shape.
Scars are the inevitable result of any invasive surgical procedure. Dr Magnusson uses techniques to minimise scarring and keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. All scars will go through a period when they are noticeable due to pinkness and sometimes thickening. Your surgeon will employ a variety of techniques routinely to minimise scarring. Most scars will become subtle and difficult to see with time as the colour fades. Traditional breast reduction techniques left quite a long scar in the shape of an anchor. These techniques will still occasionally be used for some women having a repeat breast reduction or women with very large breasts. Most women will have a shortened scar procedure that has a far greater acceptability for the patients and a far better cosmetic outcome.
Most women considering a breast reduction are doing so because of symptoms that interfere with the quality of life. Although no operation is without risks and complications, even those ladies who endure problems during healing, would still recommend the operation to others and undergo it again even if they knew they might have the same complication again. This very high satisfaction rate is what makes this operation a great success for those ladies who undertake it. One of the most common comments after this type of surgery is “I wish I had done this years ago”.
For the majority of patients, we exceed or meet their expectations.
Although surgery is best performed on patients in the normal body weight range a large proportion of patients considering this surgery are overweight or obese. Due to symptoms relating to the breast size weight loss is frequently very difficult. Many patients having this surgery do so while still overweight or obese.
Dr Magnusson has studied his own patients having this surgery in the overweight and obese weight ranges. They are among the most satisfied patients in his practice.
Dr Magnusson will talk with you about your goals. The combination of this discussion and your examination will allow him to customise the operation for you. Most women would like to have breasts proportional with their body shape and will therefore have a moderate reduction. Some women, especially those with significant and distressing symptoms, would prefer to have of a large breast reduction. It is important for you to establish your goals prior to proceeding with surgery as this will dictate the extent of your procedure.
Because mastomegally is associated with significant symptoms this is considered a medical procedure rather than a cosmetic procedure by Medicare. This means that both Medicare and your health fund (if you have one) will contribute to the costs involved. A health fund will contribute to the private hospital theatre and accommodation costs, medicare and your health fund will contribute to the medical costs (anaesthetists, assistant surgeon, pathologist and your surgeon’s fee). There are out of pocket expenses for this operation.
For further information about your own policy you should contact your health fund.