Did you know you can have breast reduction performed as a day surgery?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 18 December 2018
Did you know you can have breast reduction performed as a day surgery?

Ultimately it will be your choice whether you decide to stay in hospital overnight after surgery or decide to have your surgery as a day procedure.

Day procedure for breast reduction is possible for multiple reasons. Firstly most women report breast reduction being less painful than they had expected and therefore it is not likely that you will need to stay in hospital for pain relief.

Secondly you will not require drain tubes for this surgery so there is no need to stop in hospital following surgery because you have drain tubes.

Ultimately you will decide if you prefer to stay overnight or go home.

This will be one of the many things we discuss at length if you attend for a consultation to discuss breast reduction.

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Did you know about breast feeding rates in Australia?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 4 December 2018
Did you know about breast feeding rates in Australia?
Before you can have an informed discussion about breast feeding after breast reduction it really helps to have some insights into what the range of breast feeding experience of women who do not or have not had a breast reduction may be. As you would expect, every woman's experience of breast feeding is different and a huge number of factors (such as the mother's health, the baby's health and size at birth and in the months following). Let's start with the current recommendations from the health authorities. There are 2 major authorities who make recommendations relevant to Australian women. These are: The World Health Organization (WHO), and The Australian National Health and Medical Research Authority (NHMRC) Both these authorities have issued recommendations about the optimal period of breast feeding for babies. The WHO guideline statement was issued in 2011 and the NHMRC guideline statement was issued in 2012 following on fro...
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Did you know these are the major risk factors for breast cancer?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 20 November 2018
Did you know these are the major risk factors for breast cancer?
I think the most useful way to think about this issue is to divide into it things you can do something about and the ones that you are stuck with: Risks you can do something about: Exercise: Not exercising regularly increases your risk Weight: Being overweight (particularly as you get older) increases your risk compared to women of ideal body weight Alcohol: Research studies show consuming alcohol increases your risk of breast cancer. It is dose related (that means the more you drink the more you increase your risk) Medications: Some forms and I emphasise only some types of oral contraceptive pills have been associated with a higher risk of breast cancer. If you are worried about this you should ask the doctor who prescribes it for you. Taking some preparations of HRT for more than 5 years may increase your risk. Risks you can't do anything about: Your age: you can't do anything about this but the incidence of breast cancer increases as you get...
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Did you know there are different scar patterns with different types of breast reduction procedures?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 6 November 2018
Did you know there are different scar patterns with different types of breast reduction procedures?
There are 2 common scar patterns produced by different types of breast reduction procedure. Vertical or "lollipop" type procedures have a circular scar around the nipple and areolar complex and a vertical scar from the nipple scar vertically down towards the breast fold. These type of procedures are ideally suited to small to moderate breast reduction procedures and are more often chosen by younger women who may not have had the opportunity to meet their long term partner and may have greater concerns about other people's reactions to scars on their breasts. Traditional or "anchor" type procedures also have a circular scar around the nipple and areolar complex and a vertical scar from the nipple scar towards the breast fold. The difference with "anchor" pattern procedures is that in addition to the above scars there is also a long scar in the breast fold. These procedures are most often chosen by women requiring large breast reductions an...
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Did you know all breast reductions include a breast lift?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 27 September 2018
Did you know all breast reductions include a breast lift?
All breast reduction procedures include a lift. Often when I am consulting with someone who is considering a breast reduction procedure they seem to be uncertain or confused whether a breast reduction procedure will include a breast lift. There are two components in all breast reduction procedures. The most important aspect is the removal of the excess weight of your breasts. It is the excessive weight of breast tissue which is producing the postural changes in your neck, back and shoulders which leads to the pain. The second component to all breast reductions is the repositioning of the nipple and areola complex. This is the so called "breast lift". This is important as it repositions the remaining breast tissue back up onto your chest where it should be rather than where your nipple may currently be sitting. Obviously, this may improve the appearance of your breast but it is also essential that the remaining breast tissue is positioned over your chest to c...
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