Once upon a time there was only one way to reduce breast size. It involved a surgical procedure which could include a significant recovery period and possible complications. Only a small proportion of procedures were able to be carried out within the public system.
Fortunately, an alternative approach is now available right here in Christchurch.
The really excellent news is that Dr Grant Bellaney, founder of the Encoré Cosmetic Clinic performs a breast reduction procedure called tumescent liposuction, with extremely good results.
“If breast reduction is on your wish-list, please do come and see me for a consultation,” says Dr Bellaney, “Most breasts, particularly in women over the age of 40, consist of 40-60 percent fat, so the removal of fat can give a significant reduction in breast size.”
Breast reduction procedures using tumescent liposuction have been developed and practised by dermatological surgeons such as Dr Bellaney who are skin and fat specialists, since the 1980s and it has an outstanding safety record.
“The technique has huge advantages over the surgical form of breast reduction (called mammoplasty).
It is a form of ‘keyhole surgery’ so results in little or no scarring as the small incisions done during the procedure heal very quickly, usually without needing sutures.
It is simpler and less painful than mammoplasty and the recovery time is far quicker,” Dr Bellaney says.
It is also safer because it is performed under tumescent anaesthetic, which has fewer risks than surgery under general anaesthetic.
There are also fewer side effects. With traditional surgery about 10-25 percent of patients can experience a permanent loss of sensitivity around the nipples or an inability to breastfeed afterwards.
With tumescent liposuction, the risk reduces to less than one percent.
“It’s a day procedure, so women can go home afterwards and are usually back to their regular routine within a few days.”
The only specialist in the South Island performing this technique, Dr Bellaney has successfully performed the procedure on hundreds of women over the last 10 years. Phone the day surgery clinic at 248 Papanui Road in Merivale, 03 356 0214 or visit the website.