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Breast Reduction

What is it?

A breast reduction reduces the size and volume of the breast. At the same time it lifts the breast and moves the nipple to a higher position, giving the breast a more youthful and lifted appearance. It is performed under a general anaesthestic. It takes about 2-3 hours and drains are usually used which come out the next day. You will therefore need to stay in hospital for at least one night. Recovery takes 4-6 weeks and you need to avoid physical exercise and wear a support bra during this period. We will need to see you weekly for the first few weeks. Bruising and swelling will occur and last for up to one month. Other risks include bleeding, infection, nipple loss or changes in sensation, skin loss, poor scar, lumpiness and asymmetry.

Why have it?

Women may wish to have breast reductions for aesthetic reasons, or because large, pendulous breasts may be causing social embarrassment and lead to poor posture.

Women with enlarged breasts may suffer from neck and back pains, straps can dig into the shoulders, and women can suffer from repeated infections in the crease below the breast. Wearing fashionable clothes or swimwear may be difficult, and large breasts may interfere with sports activities.

Following the procedure, self-confidence and self-esteem are boosted, as women are able to wear more fitted clothes. Posture is improved, and taking part in sporting activities should be easier. Of all plastic surgery procedures, women undergoing breast reduction surgery experience the most satisfaction.

Reasons not to have it?

Being overweight and smoking can increase the incidence of complications from breast reduction surgery. It may be wise to delay surgery until smoking is stopped or cut down, and a proportion of excess weight lost. Aspirin increases the risk of bleeding by preventing blood from clotting. If you are taking aspirin you will be asked to stop this for at least ten days before the procedure.

The Short Version

Volume reduction and breast reshaping with tightening. A variety of techniques. Scars can be around the nipple and vertically down as well as in the breast crease. Risks include bleeding, infection, nipple or skin loss as well as change in nipple sensation, asymmetry and lumpiness. At least an overnight stay in hospital with recovery taking 4-6 weeks.

Procedure Stats

  • General Anaesthetic
  • In Patient
  • Recovery 4-6 Weeks

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