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Improved Quality of Life with Breast Reduction Surgery

Many women feel that oversize breasts prevent them from living a happy and full life. Breast reduction surgery – reduction mammoplasty – can significantly improve a woman’s health and quality of life while allowing her to feel comfortable and secure in her body.

There are many reasons why women choose to undergo breast reduction surgery, including long term effects of neck, back and shoulder pain caused by disproportionately large breasts. The surgery can also reduce future medical costs associated with these health issues including mental health issues and diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle.

Breast reduction surgery can also have long-term physical and psychological benefits for the patient. A BREAST-Q© study led by Andrea Pusic, MD. evaluated the benefits of breast reduction surgery for patients and found a significant correlation between breast reduction surgery and higher happiness measures in patients after their surgeries. The study also found that patient’s satisfaction with breast appearance increased from about 20% to 80% after surgery. Beyond satisfaction with the cosmetic outcome, patient’s psychosocial well-being, sexual well-being, and physical well-being increased from around 40% to 80% in all areas, showing that breast reduction can have positive effects on the patient that extend far beyond physical well-being.

After breast reduction surgery, women are able to more fully engage in physical activities and sports while feeling more at ease in their bodies in social settings.


The Surgery

During the surgery, the patient’s breast size is reduced through the removal of excess tissue. Then, the nipple position is raised and the breast width is narrowed. A surgeon may also alter the shape and size of the areola, the dark skin around the nipple, during the surgery.


The surgery is performed with either a “lollipop” or “anchor” scar incision. Surgery can take between 3-4 hours depending on the size of the breast and patients are put under general anesthesia for the duration of the procedure. Although there are risks associated with the surgery, most have an occurrence rate of less than 1% in patients. You can learn more about these risks and the surgery here.


The Recovery Process

After surgery, gauze is placed over the incisions and the breasts are wrapped with elastic bandage. It is recommended that women take 2-4 weeks off from work after surgery in order to fully recover. It is also recommended that patients not engage in vigorous physical activity for three to four weeks after the surgery. Your plastic surgeon will monitor the recovery and make sure there are no complications after the procedure.

In order to begin the process of determining whether or not you are eligible for the surgery and health coverage, talk to your family doctor or book a consultation with a plastic surgeon. Many women with oversize breasts are candidates for the surgery, however patients that smoke and women with a BMI > 32 are not eligible.


The IDEAL IMPLANT: A new, safe breast implant technology


When exploring the possibility of implant surgery there are many considerations including size, timing, the surgeon themselves, but also what kind of implants are right for you. The IDEAL IMPLANT is a new implant product on the market with an innovative design using safe and proven breast implant materials.

Inspired to create safer, long lasting implants after dealing with many ruptured silicone gel implants, plastic surgeon Robert S. Hamas MD spent 10 years developing and refining the IDEAL IMPLANT.


The Difference:

With major technological advances, the IDEAL IMPLANT creates the same feel and quality of a silicone implant without the risk of ‘silent leaks’. Instead, it relies on saline materials but is made with a structure specifically designed to reduce folding and wrinkling which can lead to ruptures. The implant is built with chambers and shells to create a natural looking and feeling breast. The inner chamber holds the inner saline filler and baffle shells allow the implant to maintain its structure and control the movement of the saline. Using an IDEAL IMPLANT also allows your surgeon to make a smaller incision during insertion and is easy to remove in the future if desired.


The IDEAL IMPLANT was founded in 2006 and approved by the FDA and Health Canada in 2014. Their products are manufactured in an FDA-inspected facility that has been manufacturing breast implants for over 30 years.

Our office is one of a few in Vancouver which offer the IDEAL IMPLANT, and we are very excited to be able to offer our clients this option, in addition to silicone implants, for breast augmentation.

Book an in-person consultation with Dr. Macadam to discuss your options or learn more about breast augmentation surgery here.

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