Breast reduction surgery aims to reduce breast size while creating a more shapely, uplifted breast. This is achieved by removing excess fat, skin and breast tissue from the breast. Very large and heavy breasts may cause considerable physical and/or psychological distress.
The breast reduction procedure is a commonly requested cosmetic surgery and is a very effective way of addressing breast size that is disproportionate to your body. After breast reduction surgery most patients find it more comfortable to exercise and find physical pastimes including activities involving running and jumping more enjoyable, finding clothes that fit becomes easier and there is relief from associated discomfort such as neck, back and shoulder pain, poor posture and skin irritation.
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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:
- The periareolar incision
Scarring is limited to the circumference of the areola, this is suitable for smaller reductions.
- 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.
- 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.
What will Breast Reduction Surgery involve?
The most common type of breast reduction performed uses the Wise pattern (or ‘anchor pattern’) incisions. This ‘inverted T’ incision allows for a large amount of breast tissue to be removed if needed, the nipple to be raised and excess skin to be excised in the vertical and horizontal directions. This produces smaller, perter round breasts, higher on the chest wall and with the nipples on the summits of the breast mounds for optimal breast shape.
Small to Medium Reduction
Patients who are concerned about having a horizontal incision, who only require a small to medium reduction and have reasonable skin tone may be suitable for a vertical-scare type breast reduction. In this procedure the incisions are only placed around the nipple-areola and vertically beneath it – the horizontal incisions omitted. Patients will be guided as to whether they are suitable for this procedure at their assessment – the procedural type depends on breast size and the amount of breast skin below the nipple. As part of this procedure the skin below the nipple is compressed/ruched up, this will usually smooth out post-operatively. Occasionally a short horizontal scar may be placed in the crease below the breast if the amount of skin in this area is slightly in excess and is likely to shrink sufficiently after the operation.
Small Reduction or Covering Uneven Breasts – Breast liposuction
In a small number of patients who only require a small amount of breast volume reduction, or have small degrees of asymmetry, liposuction alone may be suitable to reduce the volume of one or both breasts. 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.
Important time-frames to consider:
- Breast reduction usually takes around 3 hours under a general anaesthetic and it may be possible to perform smaller reductions and breast liposuction as day case procedures. For the more complex operations you will generally spend one night in hospital.
- 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.
- Most patients can expect to return to:
- light activities after 2 weeks
- moderate activities after 6 weeks
- heavy work or extreme sports after 3 months
- driving a car 3 weeks after surgery
- There will initially be some bruising and swelling and it takes several weeks to months to see the outcome.
Breast reduction prices are quoted individually and tailored to your specific needs as every patient’s requirements are unique and vary depending on the requirement for an overnight stay however, our Breast Reduction Guide price ranges from £5,000 to £7,500.
Your surgeon will see you for all appointments leading up to your breast reduction surgery, and the journey afterwards.
Our pre- and post-operative care is uniquely personalised. With detailed pre-surgery care notes and comprehensive aftercare instructions you will enjoy a first-class experience.
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.
Who Should Consider a Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction procedure may be suitable for patients who experience problems such as:
- uneven breasts
- disproportionately large breasts
- back and neck pain
- difficulty getting clothes to fit properly and bra straps digging into the shoulders
- problems playing sport
- irritation of the skin underlying the breast
These symptoms can cause embarrassment and loss of confidence and can be effectively addressed by breast reduction surgery. There are a number of different types of breast reduction procedures and the specific type recommended for a patient will depend on several factors, these include the size of the breasts and the amount of excess glandular tissue, fat and skin. Surgery type is determined by the degree of reduction the patient desires and their breast skin tone.
What happens to the Nipples during Surgery?
The nipples are not detached during a breast reduction procedure. This is a misconception, so you should be able to have a normal sensation and breast feed after surgery as the operation does not interfere with the milk producing glands.
How long will Breast Reduction Surgery take?
Breast reduction surgery normally takes between 2 -3 hours under general anaesthetic and requires a one-night stay in hospital. A small drain is placed in each side to prevent fluid collecting after surgery and is normally removed the following day. Patients usually leave hospital the day after surgery and wear an elasticated support dressing or bra which remains in place for a week, after which it is exchanged for a lighter dressing and the nipple sutures are removed. Patients are normally seen again a week later, at six weeks and in between if necessary.
Will Breast Reduction Surgery hurt?
Pain and discomfort is normally very well-controlled with post-operative painkillers and patients generally don’t experience significant amounts of discomfort.
What are the benefits of having Breast Reduction Surgery?
Following breast reduction surgery patients usually find that back and neck pain, and shoulder ache settle quickly following their surgery as it is very effective in addressing these problems. In addition, they find it easier to buy clothes that fit and can participate in all types of sport where previously their large breasts made these activities uncomfortable or embarrassing.
What are the Risks associated with Breast Reduction Surgery?
Scarring is the most significant trade off with reducing breast size, in that some scarring is inevitable.
Patients considering breast reduction surgery should be in good general health and not smoke. Smoking can cause significant problems with wound healing and can also impair the blood supply to the nipple, especially if its position is moved during surgery. More details on Risks can be found in our useful links section.
- Nurse Counsellor and Surgeon Consultation
- Preparing for Surgery
- Helping Your Recovery
- Expert guide to Breast Reduction
- Finance Packages
- Guide Prices
- Our Lifetime Aftercare commitment
- The Risks of breast reduction surgery
- Interactive Surgery Guide
- Virtual Reality 3D imaging
- Breast Reduction Reviews
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