Repeat Breast Reduction
Women with large, heavy breasts can suffer from symptoms including back, neck and shoulder discomfort, breast pain, and bra strap grooving. This is referred to as symptomatic mammary hypertrophy. Breast reduction is a frequently performed procedure to address these symptoms. During breast reduction, breast tissue is removed to unweight the breasts, the breasts are reshaped and the nipple is typically moved upwards to a more appropriate location. Breast reduction is a very common procedure. Some women choose to undergo this surgery as early as in their late teens, while other women may undergo breast reduction later in life. In general, breast reduction is associated with relief of these bothersome symptoms and is associated with a high degree of patient satisfaction. At the Plastic Surgery Clinic, Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad are considered experts in vertical scar (short scar, lollipop scar) breast reduction and have published their experience extensively in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as lectured around the world about their technique for breast reduction. At the Plastic Surgery Clinic, over 2500 women from Toronto and around Canada have been treated using our technique for vertical scar breast reduction.
To learn about Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad’s scientific journal articles on the vertical scar technique, please see this breast reduction publication and this article on breast reduction.
Following breast reduction, albeit infrequently, there is a small percentage of women that have recurrent symptomatic mammary hypertrophy – their breasts become large again leading to recurrence of symptoms. Recurrent mammary hypertrophy may occur due to age-related or postpartum (after childbirth) breast changes and weight gain. Additionally, repeated breast reduction may be required due to inadequate volume reduction during the first breast reduction, poor postoperative shape, and/or breast or nipple-areola complex asymmetries. Historically, repeated breast reduction was associated with significantly higher complication rates than the first breast reduction surgery. The complications were mainly related to poor wound healing of the breasts and/or nipples. In 2012, Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad published the Plastic Surgery Clinic’s experience with our technique for repeated breast reduction in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This remains the most extensive experience performing repeated breast reduction in the world. Using our technique for repeated breast reduction with a vertical scar and extensive liposuction, we continue to achieve excellent results while maintaining a record of very few complications and none of the major complications that had been historically described following repeated breast reduction.
Read about Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad’s seminal scientific journal article on repeated breast reduction using the technique pioneered at the Plastic Surgery Clinic in Mississauga and Toronto.
If you have had breast reduction previously and have experienced recurrent symptomatic mammary hypertrophy, you may benefit from repeated breast reduction. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lista or Dr. Ahmad at the state-of-the art Plastic Surgery Clinic in Mississauga. Plastic surgeons Dr. Lista or Dr. Ahmad will spend as much time as you need to make sure both you and your breast reduction surgeon know exactly what you want. It may not always be possible to meet all your expectations with repeated breast reduction surgery, so it crucial that you understand what is a realistic outcome.
To learn more about repeated breast reduction at the Plastic Surgery Clinic, please contact us by phone or e-mail. You can also contact us by filling out the Request for Information form at the bottom of this page. The cost of this procedure can vary due to the specifics of each patient’s particular needs, but a more exact estimate will be given to you by your surgeon after your free consultation.