The patient was a 21-year-old who found that her enjoyment of life was limited by her HH cup breasts.
She was unable to undertake sporting activities and enjoy the simple pleasures of life such as attending the beach without being the butt of social embarrassment.
This was limiting her ability to interact socially and she consulted with Dr Hunt seeking a solution to the problem.
At the consultation it was clear that the patient was suffering from back, neck and shoulder pain due to her HH cup breast.
The weight from her bra straps were creating dents in her shoulders which led to the hunching of her shoulders and ongoing back, neck and shoulder pain on a daily basis.
One of her concerns was her ability to potentially breastfeed if she were to get married and have children and I was able to assure her that breastfeeding is certainly possible following a breast reduction.
She elected to proceed with a bilateral breast reduction with removal of approximately 1kg of breast tissue from both the left and right sides in an attempt to reduce her preoperative HH cup to a more manageable C cup.
Post-operatively, the patient’s course was uneventful and she achieved a life changing result.
She now wears a C cup bra comfortably and her scars at six months have begun to fade.
She has intact sensation to the nipple on both sides and as the nipple was not detached from the underlying breast tissue she will be able to go on and breastfeed if she chooses to.
The relief she experienced following reduction in her breast allowed her to commence on an exercise program that led to a further 15kg in weight loss.
Certainly, she would recommend this procedure to anybody she speaks to and has no reservations about the potential benefits versus the potential downsides of the scarring which has already become insignificant in her mind.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.