Prepare for breast reduction Melbourne

How to prepare for breast reduction

Preparing for breast reduction involves a thorough consultation with a qualified surgeon.  

The decision to undergo breast reduction surgery is not something you should take lightly. If your breasts are causing discomfort or you are dissatisfied with the size of your breast, it is time to consider undergoing breast reduction surgery. Many factors go into planning for this procedure, and it is important to do some research before making any decisions.

At Dr Sally Ng’s office, we understand how difficult it can be to prepare emotionally and physically for this life-changing event. To help alleviate some of the worries, we have compiled a few tips on what you need to know before a breast reduction surgery.

Read on to find out more about the procedure, what you can expect from the process, and what you can do to make your recovery as stress-free as possible.

Arrange a consultation

One of the best ways to prepare yourself for breast reduction surgery is to arrange a consultation with a fully-qualified and experienced surgeon. When you meet with your surgeon, they will discuss your medical history with you, as well as your concerns and reasons for considering the surgery.

It is important that you are open and honest about your aesthetic goals and expectations. Your surgeon will confirm if you are a suitable candidate for breast reduction surgery and let you know if there are any medications you will need to stop taking before going ahead with the treatment. If you have a history of smoking, you need to stop at least six weeks before the surgery. You will also need a baseline mammogram before surgery to ensure there is no unexpected changes in the breast tissue.

Be sure to raise any questions that you have when you consult with your surgeon. The more information you have about the procedure, the better prepared you will feel when it comes to your surgery and the recovery period.

Prepare your home

Before you go to the hospital for your procedure, it is advisable that you prepare your home for your recovery. Make sure that you have plenty of loose-fitting and comfortable shirts to wear and that you have clean towels, gauze and washcloths available. Get any pain medications or ointments that your surgeon recommends.

It is also a good idea to organise someone to stay with you when you return home to help you for the first week or two of your recovery.

Listen to your surgeon

In order to have a smooth recovery after breast reduction surgery, it is important that you adhere to any instructions that your surgeon gives you. You will probably have to take at least two weeks off work, and your surgeon will let you know how to best take care of your surgical wounds. You will also be told when to come in for follow-up appointments — plan for these and be sure to attend all of them.

After breast reduction surgery, you will need to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for four to six weeks. Your surgeon will let you know when you can resume your usual exercise routine.

How can we help?

Dr Sally Ng offers a number of other breast procedures, including breast reduction surgery. If you are uncomfortable with the size of your breasts and are considering the procedure, we encourage you to come in and discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals with Dr Ng.

Besides breast reduction surgery, Dr Ng also offers breast reconstruction and augmentation procedures. She also provides hand, body contouring, paediatric and trauma surgery, as well as procedures for the treatment of skin cancer. For more information on any of these treatments, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please get in touch here or give us a call on (03) 9587 2048.