Very large and heavy breasts may cause considerable physical and/or psychological distress. Discomfort such as neck, back and shoulder pain, poor posture and skin irritation may occur.
A Breast Reduction is a commonly requested cosmetic surgery, as it is a very effective way of addressing these problems.
- Helping Your Recovery
- Preparing for Surgery
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The procedure involves removing excess skin and breast tissue to achieve a new and improved size and shape. The procedure will take place under a general anaesthetic. The duration of the operation will depend upon the size of your breasts. The amount of scarring will depend on the individual case, and your surgeon will explain the implications to you in detail.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and you will be required to stay overnight in the hospital before being discharged the following day.
At MyBreast, we are committed to providing you with the highest possible standard of care. Whether you have come to us for a breast enlargement, breast reduction or breast lift, we promise to look after you before, during and after surgery. Our commitment to you, which you will experience through our long-term care policy, is just as serious as your commitment to having surgery.
Lifetime aftercare policy
We operate a lifetime follow-up policy for all our patients. If you need to consult MyBreast or one of our surgeons at any time after your initial follow-up consultation phase, you are very welcome to do so.
Reducing your breasts
Your surgeon will reduce the size and volume of your breasts by removing the fatty tissue. The remaining part of the breast will be reconstructed to give a more harmonious shape. A breast reduction almost always requires the removal of excess skin and lifting of the nipple to give a more natural appearance. Your surgeon will decide upon the best technique to use, taking your individual needs into account.
There are three types of incisions used:
1. The periareolar incision
Scarring is limited to the circumference of the areola, this is suitable for smaller reductions.
2. The vertical scar incision
Here a scar is made around the areola and then extended down towards the breast crease, this is suitable for moderate reductions.
3. The ‘inverted T’ or ‘anchor’ incision
This is the most traditional form. The resulting scars will be around the areola, from the areola to the breast fold and along the breast fold. This is required for larger breast reductions. Your surgeon may place drains either side of your breasts, which are usually removed the day after surgery.
If your breast tissue contains a considerable amount of fat, it may be possible to reduce the size of the breasts through liposuction alone. This procedure will produce minimal scarring and lends itself to a quick recovery time. However, it may cause the breasts to become droopier if there is excess skin.
Preparing to go home
- For the more complex operations you will generally spend one night in hospital.
- It may be possible to perform smaller reductions and breast liposuction as day case procedures.
- You will be required to wear a surgical support bra for two to four weeks and your stitches will be removed around seven to 10 days after surgery.
- Your first post-operative check-up with your surgeon will take place seven to 10 days following your surgery.