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If you are frustrated with your disproportionately large breasts that are causing a number of physical problems including neck pain, back aches, skin irritation and numbness in the hand fingers, you may benefit from breast reduction surgery.
Every woman is different, and no two women’s breasts will be similar in terms of size and shape. While some women are blessed with aesthetically pleasing and normal-looking assets, others may have breasts that are extremely large.
At Centre for Surgery, breast reduction surgery could be the solution.
There are many reasons why women choose to have breast reduction surgery.
Benefits of breast reduction surgery include:
- Reduce pain – large breasts are heavy, and can cause neck pain, back pain, skin irritation and posture problems.
- Participate in sporting activities – Large, heavy breasts restrict women from participating in high level sporting activities. It can also be painful to play sport with large breasts.
- Reduce bra problems – The weight of bra straps can leave indentations on the shoulders and contribute to increasing back pain.
- Reduce Social embarrassment – This can be significantly disabling for a lot of women who feel very self conscious about wearing certain types of clothing in public
Breast reduction surgery is a safe and effective way to reduce the size of large and heavy breasts. The surgery will help improve confidence, and get rid of the pain and discomfort, skin irritation from bra straps and poor posture.
Good patients for breast reduction surgery:
- Breasts that are too large
- Heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
- Breast asymmetry
- Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- Skin irritation beneath your breasts from candida infection
- Indentations in your shoulders from tight bra straps
- Sporting activity restriction due to the size and weight of the breasts
- Self-consciousness and social embarrassment about breast size
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with breast reduction surgery.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The breast reduction procedure is performed for cosmetic and functional purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem and relieve pain and discomfort.
The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the breast reduction procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
Your breast reduction surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the breast reduction procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
A breast reduction surgeon can be either from a plastic surgery or general surgery background (a declared specialist interest in breast surgery). Both specialities are fully trained to perform breast reduction.
- Stop smoking few weeks before your breast reduction surgery
- Avoid taking blood-thinning medication, aspirin and herbal supplements
- Medical evaluation
- Baseline mammogram to detect any future changes in breast tissues
What To Expect From Breast Reduction Surgery?
- No more body discomfort on your upper back, neck and shoulders
- Able to perform more physical activities
- Positive self-image
The breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia.
Technically known as reduction mammoplasty, breast reduction surgery is a surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made to remove a significant amount of glandular tissue, fat and skin from the breasts to reshape and reduce their weight and volume.
The procedure also involves the repositioning of the nipple to an aesthetic position. In most cases nipples and areola remain attached to the nerves and blood vessels.
The reduction in breast size results in a reduced breast size and volume which in turn brings the breast size in proportion with the rest of the body frame. Besides helping you achieve the aesthetically ideal chest, the surgery alleviates all the discomforts associated with over-sized breasts such as breast hypertrophy as well as improving your self-image and self-confidence.
Breast reduction is often combined with an uplift surgery in order to raise and firm the sagging or drooping boobs, which is a common problem with larger breasts.
Breast liposuction is also often performed to sculpt and reshape the breast and to make sure there is no excess fat at the sides of the breast.
Not only women, men too can have male breast reduction surgery. While men with over developed breasts (gynaecomastia) do not typically suffer from pain or discomfort, they do feel embarrassed and become conscious about their physical appearance which can cause significant distress.
Following your surgery you will be able to leave the centre as soon as you are fully awake, which can take about one hour after the procedure.
Women having this operation are advised not to undertake strenuous activities or indulge in heavy-lifting for at least six weeks, and to wear support bras during this time.Bruising and swelling may last for about four weeks. Using a cold compress will help reduce the swelling, especially during the first two days. You will be given painkillers when you leave the centre, as well as follow-up appointments to make sure everything is healing well.
It’s considered best to wait to have the operation until you reach the age of 20 at least, giving the breasts time to fully develop. Women should also abstain until they have had all the children they want, and should be fully aware that having a reduction mammoplasty could make breastfeeding difficult, or even impossible.
You will be able to return to work in one week. Avoid bending over or lifting anything heavy. You will be able to resume regular exercise in about six weeks.
- Smaller. lighter breasts looking proportionate to the rest of the body
- Helps get rid of common discomfort such as backache commonly caused by bigger breasts
- Boosts up self-esteem and improves quality of life
- Clothes will fit better
Breast reduction surgery is an invasive procedure as it is carried out under general anaesthesia.
- Bleeding and infection but it can be avoided with maximum safety optimisation
- Loss of sensation on nipples
- Difficulty with breastfeeding, but depends on the technique used
Am I a good candidate for breast reduction surgery?
If you have large and heavy breasts that cause back or shoulder pain with changes in posture then the surgery could be a good choice for you.
Patients must also be in good health with realistic expectations.
How should I prepare for surgery?
Stop smoking two weeks prior to surgery
Avoid medications which increase the risk of bleeding
Use an antiseptic wash to reduce the risk of infection
How is breast reduction surgery performed?
The procedure involves making one or more incisions on the breasts to remove a significant amount of glandular tissue and also involves the repositioning of the nipple to an aesthetic position.
It is often combines with uplift surgery or liposuction for an overall enhanced appearance.
How long does breast reduction surgery take?
Breast reduction surgery takes about two hours to perform,
Will I be in pain after the procedure?
Breast reduction surgery is particularly painful when compared with breast augmentation surgery.
- Simple painkillers
- Cold compresses help with the swelling and discomfort, and
- Sleeping in an upright position with pillows for one week
Can I breastfeed after breast reduction surgery?
It depends on the actual technique used. Please consult with one of our surgeons to find out more.
How long before I can return to my normal activities?
You can return to normal activities after one week.
Avoid strenuous activities for four weeks after surgery.
What are the risks following breast reduction surgery?
The risks following breast reduction surgery include bleeding, infection, swelling, prominent scars and DVT.
The surgeon will take special precautions to prevent any complications from developing following your procedure.
Will I have scars after the surgery?
Scarring is inevitable after a breast reduction surgery, however, the incision can be made within the natural folds of the breasts and sometimes on the crease of the areola, which means the incision scars are hidden.