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BREAST REDUCTION

Breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is an operation in which we reduce the overall size of the breast to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body. The operation combines both a lift and a reduction.

Breast Reduction Surgery Durban

BREAST REDUCTION

Breast reduction, also called reduction mammoplasty, is an operation in which we reduce the overall size of the breast to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body. The operation combines both a breast lift and a breast reduction.

Breast Reduction Surgery Durban

Eligibility Criteria

Ideal candidates for a breast reduction procedure include those who:

  • Have big breasts in relation to their body. The average patient will be anything bigger than a “C” cup.
  • Are not overweight.  Patients may be asked to lose weight prior to going ahead with the procedure.
  • Are above the age of 18.  There is no upper age limit.

Common Motivations

Patients with big breasts often express the following concerns:

  • Back ache, shoulder ache and neck ache due to the weight of the breast.
  • Rubbing or cutting of bra straps into the shoulders.
  • Permanent moisture on the tummy and resulting fungal infections due to the breast overlying the skin on the tummy.
  • Difficulties and discomfort during exercise.
  • Unhappiness with the shape, weight and droop of the breasts.

The operation is done under general anaesthetic and takes an average of
two hours.

The breast is marked beforehand to identify where to place the nipple.

The incisions leave a scar from around the areola down to the breast fold and to a varying length across the breast fold called the anchor scar.

Tissue that is removed from the breast is sent to the pathologist to be assessed for abnormalities.

Before your surgery:
  • You must avoid consuming alcohol for a week prior to the procedure.
  • You must not take anything that may thin your blood in the two weeks prior to the procedure.

This includes the following:

  • Anything with aspirin such as Grandpa, Anadin, Disprin, some cold and flu medications and combination pain killers (note: you may take Panado)
  • All multivitamins, vitamin supplements, omegas, fish oils and green tea.
  • Anything from a health shop.

Over the age of 40:

  • If you are over the age of 40, patients are requested to have a mammogram prior to the procedure to ensure we are operating on a healthy breast.

After your surgery:

  • When you have awoken, eaten, and after careful assesment, you should be able to return home.*
  • You will wear a strong supportive bra, to keep gravity at bay and ensure a good breast position is maintained.
  • You will be given painkillers.  When at home you are not to carry anything heavy or undertake any active exercise for 7-10 days.
  • You will have swelling and bruising afterwards, which can vary from one side to the other but otherwise, most patients find they have managable discomfort a week after the procedure.*
  • I see all patients the day after surgery and again a week later, at which time I change the dressings and teach you how to look after the scarring.
  • Generally the breasts scar very well.
  • You can drive 7-10 days post procedure.*
  • No exercise for 6/52 preferably for 3/12.
Disclaimer: The photos below are patients that have undergone a procedure by Dr Paul McGarr. Results and outcomes may vary from person to person. I will discuss your expectations and outcomes during your consultation.

Patient 51, 3 month post op breast reduction. 650 grams per breast.

Breast reduction depicting 1.2 kg removed from left breast and 1.1 removed kg from right side.



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The below photos show a 39 year old patient, 32 E cup before surgery. 180 gram per breast removed. Photo is 3 month post opp.

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The below photos show a 44 year old patient, 390 grams per breast and photo is 4 months post-op.

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The below photos show a patient 25 years old.

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The below photos show a patient 35 years old that has undergone a Breast Reduction. 580 gram per breast. 3 month post opp.

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The below photos show a patient 33 years old that has undergone a Breast Reduction. 300 gram per breast. 3 month post opp.

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The below photos show a patient 18 years old that has undergone a Wise Pattern Breast Reduction. Removed RHS-420Grams, LHS-380Grams.

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Breast Reduction Risks

RISKS

Don’t be shy about discussing your concerns at your consultation. It is important that you feel comfortable talking to me.

  • A small number of patients have reported a loss of feeling in the nipple. I will discuss this with you.
  • A patient may very rarely, although uncommon, develop a hematoma,* which is bleeding from the wound.  It is for this reason that prior to the procedure, you must not take any blood thinning substances.
  • As with any operation, there is a small risk of infection.  In most cases, this will respond well to antibiotics but occasionally, may take longer to heal.
  • Patients with big fatty breasts may develop some hard lumps after the reduction.  These soften and disappear within a few months.*
  • There can be a rare complication known as nipple necrosis, where the skin of the nipple can die and needs to be remade.  This is extremely uncommon but you must be made aware of the possibility.
  • It is natural to feel some anxiety, whether it is excitement for your anticipated new look or stress about the operation.

Disclaimer:

There is no guarantee of specific results and the results can vary from person to person. Expectations and Safety concerns will be discussed during your consultation. Please refer to my concise disclaimer for more information.

In 2013 I saw Dr PL McGarr to have my breasts redone as I had a bad experience before with a Plastic Surgeon. On meeting Dr McGarr I was impressed by his amazing bedside manners, the time he took to listen carefully to my concerns and what I wished for an outcome.

He performed a Breast Augmentation on me, Breast Lift and did internal stitching to even out a breast that was out of place. He also decreased the size of my areola in a separate procedure as they had stretched in the previous operations.

I was so pleased with the outcome and would highly recommend Dr McGarr. Not only is Dr McGarr a great surgeon but he is an exceptionally kind and caring doctor.

Monique Hall

* Disclaimer: These are our patient stories and experiences. Your results may vary.

– Breast Augmentation Patient

He is truly one of the most caring medical professionals that I have ever had the honour of dealing with. Not once did he ever make me feel as if I were just another patient or a number on a file.

To him, I was a woman who had lost something that is very much what defines us as women and he understood exactly how I felt and undertook to do his very best to assist in healing me with dignity and respect, always being at the forefront.
 
I can honestly and with an open heart recommend Dr McGarr and his amazing team to anyone who may need anything done. Appreciate the body that you have now and the way that you look because it can all change in an instant.
 
From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, I survived….”.
 
Madelein Zandberg

* Disclaimer: These are our patient stories and experiences. Your results may vary.

– Breast Reconstruction Patient

I had the pleasure and privilege of being referred to Dr Paul McGarr in 2008, following a massive weight loss of 70kgs after my gastric bypass surgery in 2006.

I found Dr McGarr to be exceptionally thorough. I knew exactly what to expect from the after effects of the surgeries and the results thereof. He always exhibited a friendly and professional bedside manner, often going the extra mile to ensure I was comfortable and healing well.

I cannot tell you how the surgeries have changed my life. I finally have the body I always dreamed about. It has added to my body confidence and fulfilled all the goals I had worked so hard to achieve.

The results of the surgeries exceeded all my expectations, as did the treatment from Dr McGarr and I have no hesitation in recommending Dr McGarr, whom I hold in the highest regard.

Charmaine Schwenn

* Disclaimer: These are our patient stories and experiences. Your results may vary.

– Breast Lift Patient

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