Large breasts can cause physical discomfort of back and neck pain, can affect your self-confidence, restrict some physical activities and make it difficult to wear certain outfits.
Breast reduction surgery can improve these problems. Breast reduction patients are amongst our most satisfied, indicating that their surgery has changed their lives for the better.
The scar pattern is most commonly around the areola, passing downwards and into the breast crease, although for smaller reductions it may be possible to avoid the breast crease scar. Scars usually fade well but this can take up to 1 year. The type of operation and your requirements will be balanced against possible risks. Smoking is particularly inadvisable with this type of surgery. All sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed following the procedure.
Liposuction is a form of breast reduction which can be performed in young women who require only a small reduction, in the order of one cup size. The process relies on the fact that skin following liposuction and a reduction in breast volume will naturally retract to a more suitable size and the nipple position may also rise to a more appropriate level. Only selected patients are suitable for this procedure and in general skin excision is needed as well as the removal of breast volume.
This operation involves reducing the amount of breast and fatty tissue whilst uplifting the breast itself. It is carried out under general anaesthetic and you would typically need to stay in hospital for one night’s observation. Surgical time is variable but usually around two hours, and you should be able to return to work within one to two weeks. Like breast uplift, there are several variations of breast reduction surgery with different resultant scars, and I will advise which would best suit you during your consultation.
Before embarking on cosmetic surgery always do your research and find a reliable surgeon with a good local reputation. Developing a rapport with your surgeon is essential. A consultation usually takes at least half an hour and it should be with the surgeon rather than a nurse or patient coordinator. I like to meet twice before surgery so you can ask all the questions you/ve thought of between meetings. If necessary I would prefer to meet more than twice before surgery than for you to have unanswered questions going into the operation.
Anaesthetic: General Anaesthetic
Hospital stay: 1 night
Surgery time: 1.5-2.5hrs
Time off work: 1-2 weeks
Reasonably mobile: from Day 1
Washing: Shower after Day 2, bath after 2 weeks
Driving: 1-2 weeks
Exercise: 4-6 weeks
Bras & garments: Surgical bra for 4-6 weeks, non-underwired bra for 2 months.
Full recovery: 4-6 weeks
Smoking: we advise all patients to stop smoking for 2 weeks before and after any surgery
Analgesia (pain relief) - Ibuprofen and paracetamol
Surgical skin tapes should be left in place for the first week and replaced thereafter
The hospital or surgeon should be contacted if you develop a temperature, bleeding or rapid swelling
Wounds will be checked at 1 week, and I usually then see you at 1, 3 and 6 months.
Swelling reduces after a few weeks
Any procedure has associated potential risks. For breast reduction, there are permanent scars which can become widened, thickened or stretched. Wound breakdown can occur, causing delayed wound healing. There is a risk of infection, bleeding or an internal collection of blood (a haematoma) which can require a return to theatre for treatment. Breast asymmetry is common both before and after surgery. Breast reduction can impair your ability to breast-feed in the future. Nipple sensation may be increased or reduced, and there is a risk of nipple necrosis or fat necrosis. Finally there are risks associated with any surgical procedure, such as blood clots to the legs and/or lungs. If you would like to discuss any of this in more detail then please contact us before your surgery.