Did you know you may be able to breast feed after breast reduction?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 3 September 2018
Did you know you may be able to breast feed after breast reduction?
Most women know intuitively having a breast reduction procedure will have implications for them should they wish to breast feed in the future. Many assume they will not be able to breast feed should they decide to have a breast reduction procedure prior to having a family. I think this is a reasonable starting point. If you assume you will not be able to breast feed after breast reduction either way you cannot be disappointed. If you cannot breast feed then that is what you expected. If it turns out that you can breast feed then it is an unexpected bonus. What the research says though is more positive and reassuring. In a research study first published in 2005 (1) breast feeding rates after breast reduction was examined. In this study women who had had a child at some point after they had had a breast reduction procedure were questioned about their breast feeding experiences. In this study where women had had breast reduction performed using a number of different ...
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Did you know breast reduction reduces the risk of breast cancer

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 1 August 2018
Did you know breast reduction reduces the risk of breast cancer
The common reasons women consider breast reduction surgery are neck, back and shoulder pain, postural problems, difficulty exercising, rashes or infections under the breast fold and self-esteem issues. Having said this if you feel you need to consider breast reduction surgery for a combination of the reasons above it is still reassuring to know that if you do proceed to breast reduction you are likely to be reducing your risk of breast cancer. There a multiple international published studies which confirm this observation. The reduction in risk is in the region of 25- 50%. The effect seems to be greatest in women over 40 years of age but is observed across all age groups. I have listed the research papers below if you are interested in reading up further about this. (Ref 1-5). A further study has been published looking into whether the effect is related to how much breast tissue is removed. It does appear the more tissue that is removed the greater the effect....
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What size will I be after breast reduction?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 13 March 2018
What size will I be after breast reduction?
The question "What size will I be after breast reduction?" is clearly one of those questions that is going to be at the top or near the top of your list when you talk to a doctor about breast reduction. Most women have a good understanding that this is a more complicated question than it might appear at first thought. Any woman who has bought a bra in recent years will know that cup size can vary significantly from brand to brand .When you are fitted by a different person they will often tell you that you are different cup size than the previous person . Many women considering this procedure are not convinced they have ever been able to get a correctly fitting bra in their living memory. What is the value of being told you are a EE cup and given a bra that you believe doesn't fit you comfortably? Does this mean you are a EE or is it misleading? The key concept in consideration breast reduction is that the surgeon and yourself are working together to rest...
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The best time of year to have a breast reduction.

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 13 March 2018
The best time of year to have a breast reduction.
I frequently get asked is there a best time of year to have a breast reduction? Some people have the theory that the recovery from the procedure may be easier over the winter months. The theory goes in the winter months you can hibernate more easily without people noticing you are not around for a couple of weeks and that it is easier to rug up and keep warm than it is to keep cool if we were to get a heat wave just after the procedure. Other feel being able to wear lighter cool clothing during the warmer months will be less uncomfortable. Some people will have access to air conditioning in the summer months and others may not. This may influence an individual woman's decision making process. The truth is there is no ideal time to have any medical procedure and this is true of breast reduction also. Whatever time of year you choose there will be inconvenience and rescheduling of your life around this for a period of weeks. When women are planning the timing of...
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Rash under your breasts

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 18 January 2018
Rash under your breasts
Do you suffer from a rash under your breasts? You most likely have a condition known as intertrigo. Intertrigo is a skin condition (dermatitis) caused by the friction of skin folds rubbing together in the presence of heat and moisture. In this case we are talking about under the breast fold but it can be seen in other areas such as the groin. It is most commonly seen in the summer months when the weather conspires to create the conditions likely to contribute to developing the issue. Mostly intertrigo is diagnosed by the patient themselves (even though they may not know the medical name of the rash). Most often people just refer to it as a "heat rash". If not usually the diagnosis is made by your doctor by just looking. The risk factors are being overweight, heat and humidity. It is often made worse by exercise because the additional movement and rubbing of the skin surfaces over each other during sports increases the friction and superficial damage ...
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