Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction surgery is an area of particular expertise for Dr. Edmund Ek. As the author of numerous published articles in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery and a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at major hospitals throughout Melbourne, Dr. Ek is well versed in both surgical techniques and patient care.

If you are suffering from pain, discomfort or emotional duress due to the size or weight of your breasts, Breast Reduction surgery with Dr. Ek can help to make them more manageable.

Common symptoms that may necessitate Breast Reduction surgery include:

  • Neck, back or shoulder pain
  • Rashes or skin infections in the fold beneath the breast
  • Difficulty performing day-to-day activities including work and exercise
  • Emotional or social distress associated with breast size
  • Negative impact on quality of life

Breast Reduction surgery has a very high level of patient satisfaction, and the overwhelming majority of patients report feeling positive about the results of their surgery.

To book a consultation with Dr. Ek to discuss Breast Reduction procedures, please call (03) 8419 0900.

Making the decision to undergo surgery

Dr. Ek understands that surgery can be a daunting prospect, even when it could mean a greatly improved quality of life. To help you through the decision-making process, he will consult with you at length, explaining the pros and cons of surgery and providing you with all the information you need to choose whether or not to proceed.

To help you through this process, Dr. Ek may show you pictures of previous Breast Reduction patients or create a 3D simulation of your post-surgery breast size using our state-of-the-art Vectra photography system.

Should you choose to go ahead with the procedure, Dr. Ek will take the time to plan, together with you, the exact details of the surgery. Once you're happy with what you've agreed on, our helpful staff will help you book your operation.

Understanding the procedure

Breast Reduction surgery techniques vary according to the patient and the objectives of the operation. However, what they have in common is that they aim to reposition and reshape the breasts to make them more proportional to the body, while reducing their overall volume.

Some of the common Breast Reduction techniques Dr. Ek uses include:

  • Skin: Vertical or wise pattern
  • Pedicle: Superior, inferior, superior-medial pedicle
  • Combination: Any of the skin and pedicle techniques above may be combined for best effect

Breast size reduction is achieved by removing fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts. If necessary, the areola (the darker skin around your nipple) is also reduced and the nipple repositioned.

What results or outcomes to expect

Breast Reduction surgery has a high success and patient satisfaction rate. In most cases, the reduced size and mass of our patients' breasts lifts the physical and emotional burden they have been experiencing, which in turn improves their quality of life.

The main concern that Dr. Ek is regularly asked about is scarring. Dr. Ek makes every effort to minimise scarring, however with any incision there comes the possibility of unsightly scars.

Some techniques result in scars around the areola and vertically downwards (vertical pattern) and others create a scar hidden under the fold of the breast. While Dr. Ek will do his best to create the best aesthetic outcome, the technique he uses will ultimately be decided by the size of your breast and how much it sags.

Over the long term, your reduced breasts will not grow again unless you gain a lot of weight, although with age and gravity they will eventually start to sag again. This is unavoidable, but it shouldn't deter you from considering the surgery as the immediate improvements to your quality of life will be the most important factor to consider.

To enquire about Breast Reduction surgery with Dr. Ek, please contact us on (03) 8419 0900 today.