Benefits of Breast Reduction Surgery

Most patients who have breast reduction surgery report enormous, often life changing, benefits from this procedure. They include.

No more pain and discomfort

Back and shoulder pain is a thing of the past with normal size breasts.

Return to doing the things you love.

Having normal size breasts mean you can return to physical activities such as exercise and sport without the worry of large breasts getting in the way and restricting what you can do.

Feel better.

Getting rid of huge breasts should make you feel better about yourself and happier with your new shape and size. Your self-confidence will be much improved.

The Procedure

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, you will be asleep throughout the procedure. It will take around two hours to complete the operation.

There is more than one approach for the procedure and the Surgeon will discuss these with you at the consultation to assess the right approach for you.

The Incisions

Three incisions are made around the areola of the breast, from the areola down to the crease under your breast, and across the lower crease of your breast. These incisions allow the surgeon to access the underlying tissues. Again, there is more than one approach for the incisions. We can adopt an anchor incision which involves an incision around the areola, the vertically downwards to the crease of the breast, and finally along the crease of the breast (hence the term Anchor incision). The other option is a xo called vertical incision. This incision is again around the areola and down to the breast crease. This leads to less scaring and is used in smaller breast reduction cases.

Removing the excess tissue

Excess fat, breast tissue and skin are then carefully removed through the incisions made. This process will achieve the reduction in breast size and a new, more attractive shape.

Repositioning the nipples

By repositioning the nipples, the surgeon can lift them to a higher position on the breasts. The breasts will look and feel firmer and more youthful. Surgical Technique: The surgeon may employ either the anchor or vertical incision technique based on factors such as breast size, shape, and desired outcome.

The Recovery

Following the procedure, you will need to arrange some time off work. This may be up to two weeks.

You will notice bruising and swelling develop after the surgery, this is perfectly normal and will settle in time. Upon discharge from hospital, you will be given pain relief medication and a course of antibiotics for the first week.

You will need to wear a supportive bra for the first two weeks to minimise discomfort. A supportive bra also helps reduce swelling and works with maintaining the new shape.

After a couple of weeks, you should be able to return to daily activities. However, sport, strenuous exercise may have to wait for six weeks, or more.

Follow a healthy diet in the first weeks after the surgery and stay hydrated. Avoid smoking for at least six weeks after the operation. Smoking can cause wound healing issues.

You may need help with everyday chores at first as lifting heavy objects should be avoided. Don’t be tempted to do too much too quickly.

You will begin a series of follow up consultations with the Surgeon. It is very important that you attend these so that we can monitor your progress after the surgery.

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Your Patient Journey

If this is your first experience of reaching a cosmetic surgery or aesthetic medical procedure, we understand it can be a bit daunting. In this short guide we outline the steps from start to finish of your procedure, so you can see the pathway to a new you!

1. Step One

Everything starts with a simple phone call or website form enquiry. Our patient co-ordinators are on hand to give you all the information you need and then arrange a free consultation for you with one of the Plastic Surgeons. This stage enables you to find out the facts such as likely costs, what the surgery fees include, available dates for surgery, what aftercare is included etc.

2. Step Two

This is your consultation with the Plastic Surgeon. This is where you find out exactly what can be achieved for you. Here you will discuss implant types, sizes, your hopes and fears for the surgery. You also get to ask questions directly to the Plastic Surgeon and of course he will carry out an examination. At this stage you may also book your surgery or confirm a pre booked date. At this stage any pre operative checks will also be done, and any pre op tests needed will be arranged for you.

3. Step Three

This will be the day of your procedure. You will go to the hospital at the admission time and meet your Plastic Surgeon once again , together with his medical team. The Anaesthetist will come to see you before the procedure and discuss the anaesthetic with you. Then the nursing will take care of your right through the day to ensure a pleasant and smooth experience.

4. Step Four

This is the period of your aftercare. Your Plastic Surgeon will see you for follow up in the hospital and on video to ensure a smooth recovery. You will also have access to our patient care support team whenever you have any general questions. We want you to be totally supported after your surgery and pride ourselves in the aftercare and support we provide our patients.

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    What type of anaesthetic is used for breast reduction surgery?

    Your anaesthetic will be a general anaesthetic. This means you are asleep throughout the operation.

    How long does breast reduction surgery take?

    Around two hours.

    How long will I be in hospital for a breast reduction?

    This depends on your individual case. You may be able to go home on the same day, or you may need to stay in the hospital for one night. Your Surgeon will advise you at your consultation.

    What is a breast reduction surgery?

    This operation is to reduce the size of overly large breasts. It is performed for aesthetic reasons, to make the breasts look better, but also for functional reasons where very large breasts cause pain and discomfort and lead to a lack of confidence in many patients.

    Am I suitable for a breast reduction surgery?

    If you have very large breasts that cause you embarrassment, discomfort or pain, then you could be an idea candidate for this procedure.

    How long will I need to take off work?

    This depends on the procedure performed and the type of work that you do. You may need up to two weeks off work.

    When can I go back to the gym after breast reduction surgery?

    You should avoid all strenuous activity for around six weeks.

    What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?

    Most patients who undergo breast reduction surgery do so without any complications, of course, all surgery carries risks, including breast reduction surgery. These include, bleeding, infection, scarring, changes in sensation, asymmetry, and difficulties with breast feeding. You can further minimise the risk of complications by carefully following your Surgeons post-operative instructions and attending for follow ups when required.

    Can I breast feed after a breast reduction surgery?

    A breast reduction surgery may result in you not being able to breast feed. You should discuss this with your surgeon at the consultation.

    Is finance available for breast reduction surgery?

    Yes, we have finance available subject to status. You can finance some or all of the cost of the procedure and take up to five years to pay. We can help you with the finance application which takes just a few minutes on the phone. Instant decision in most cases.

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