*Actual Banff Plastic Surgery Patient
Photo not specific to procedure
Is Breast Reduction Right for You?
Breast reduction is a popular procedure with a very high satisfaction rate. Many of our patients choose breast reduction to feel more proportionate, to look better, and to dress more comfortably. At Banff Plastic Surgery, we’ve had the pleasure of caring for breast reduction patients for over thirty years, and we still enjoy the ability to personalize every case in order to get the best results for our patients.
Dr Hall-Findlay is known around the world for her modifications of the vertical breast reduction procedure – and the method is often called the “Hall-Findlay” technique. She gives teaching courses on all aspects of aesthetic breast surgery numerous times throughout the year and she has performed surgery for demonstration purposes on every continent except Antarctica.
Her method not only uses shorter scars (lollipop rather than anchor scars), but it also gives a better shape (with more projection) and it has a more long-lasting shape (avoids bottoming-out with time).
Dr Hall-Findlay gets so many requests from plastic surgeons to visit that she has started a twice yearly workshop in Banff. She appreciates all the international requests but she would rather stay home and take care of her patients!
The Right Procedure
We use a “vertical” approach for most breast reductions, resulting in a “lollipop” scar around the areola and down to the crease under the breast. The nipple is not removed, but rather moved upwards while staying attached to blood supply and breast tissue. The excess skin and breast tissue are then removed and the final closure resembles a tennis racquet or lollipop. We also use liposuction in the area in front of the armpits and along the sides of the chest to shape the breast and further enhance the results.
In some cases, we can perform breast reduction with liposuction alone. Candidates for this procedure tend to be older, with breast tissue that is more fatty and less glandular.
The Right Patient
A good candidate for breast reduction is close to her ideal body weight, is healthy, and has realistic expectations for the outcome of her procedure. Women who have poor skin quality or have lost a great deal of weight may need longer incisions. Smokers must stop smoking a number of weeks prior to surgery, because nicotine can interfere with blood supply and healing.
Age is not a restriction. We have performed breast reduction surgery on teens as young as 14 and women in their 80s. If a teenager is close to her ideal body weight, surgery may be indicated since weight loss will not alter breast size. We evaluate our older patients by their health, rather than their age, when determining eligibility for surgery.
The Right Reasons
Many of our patients feel that the size of their breasts makes them look heavy and they would like to be in better proportion. They want to wear clothing more comfortably, find well-fitting bras more easily, and feel confident in their appearance. Women often also find that reducing breast size can improve back, neck and shoulder pain.
Good candidates must have realistic expectations about what breast reduction can do for them. Postoperative breast shape is determined by the shape that a woman starts with. Breast shape also determines the amount of tissue that can be removed safely and what the final result will be.
The Right Time
Both physical and mental health are important for a successful breast reduction. In some cases, it may be best to wait for this procedure until health and weight are optimized. Your ability to schedule your surgery around your other activities is also an important consideration. It takes about one to two weeks to get back to normal activities after breast reduction surgery and about three to four weeks to get back to a more active lifestyle. If you have small children, you may want arrange help for the first couple of weeks until you have your energy back.
Breast reduction surgery can interfere with the ability to breastfeed in some cases. We tell patients that there is a 50/50 chance of being able to breastfeed after this procedure. If breastfeeding is very important to you, you may want to wait until after having your children before considering breast reduction surgery.
“Breast reduction surgery can restore confidence as it restores proportion. Breast reduction surgery both reduces and lifts the breasts, freeing patients from feeling matronly. And a breast reduction can increase both clothing options and the confidence to explore new styles. Most patients say that their biggest regret was not doing the surgery earlier.
My focus is to give you as natural a result as possible while taking into account your particular issues and desires. What is right for one person may be very different from what another person is trying to achieve. I want to work with you to determine what is best for you as an individual with your own particular desires.”