Hi there, I am going for my consultation for a reduction this year and I am wondering what happens in the consultation and do I have a say in what size I want to reduce to?

pande13 September 10th, 2016 QLD

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     Robert Drielsma

    Robert Drielsma

    191 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    New South Wales, Australia

    Thanks for your question.  During a consultation in my practice, I take a full medical history as well as an examination which includes measurements of the breast before discussing the procedure in detail and answering any questions.  Listening to my patients surgical goals is an important part of the consultation.  Breast reduction will help you achieve better proportions, relieve back, neck & shoulder discomfort, and make your life more comfortable. Its often difficult to be able to assure you of a specific post-operative cup size. As more and more breast tissue is removed, there is a greater risk to compromising the blood and nerve supply to the nipple so its a balance between maintaining a good blood flow and healthy nipple and achieving a satisfactory cup size.  Patients undergoing breast reduction surgery are the happiest in my practice.
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    Dr. Raymond Goh

    Raymond Goh

    123 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    Queensland, Australia

    Hi Pande13.
    Thank you for posting your question on breast reduction.
    Although mainly a functional procedure (reducing the weight of breasts in order to help with back/neck aches), the aesthetic outcome is equally as important in breast reduction surgery. Your plastic surgeon needs to know what your desired size is. No one can absolutely guarantee the eventual size, since various factors such as scarring, fat atrophy, and leaving enough tissue to keep the nipple complex viable, can impact upon this. Having a mutually agreed goal in size however, will help toward achieving your desired result.
    All the very best.
    Dr Ray GohValley Plastic Surgery