Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Benefits of Breast Reductions
After the procedure, you will have smaller, lighter breasts. This will help to alleviate any discomfort you were feeling before, such as neck or a backache. You can also expect to have an increase in self-esteem and confidence.
Risks of Breast Reduction
As with any surgical procedure, breast reduction has potential risks. These include:
Appropriate candidates for breast reduction surgery include those who:
It is recommended that you do not undertake this procedure until you are at least 20 years old, as your breasts will still be developing prior to this age.
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 a breast reduction.
How To Prepare For The Surgery
Before the surgery, you will need to:
How The Surgery Is Performed
The breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. At Centre for Surgery, this is known as ClearSleep™. This anaesthetic is used exclusively by Centre for Surgery. It avoids the use of any breathing tubes and machines, which reduces the risk of damage to your throat and mouth. It also allows the surgery to be performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to return home the same day as the procedure, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
The surgery involves making an incision, after which the glandular tissue, fat and skin will be removed from the breasts. This will help to reshape the breasts, as well as reduce volume.
During this procedure, the nipples may also be repositioned, however, the nipples and areola will remain attached to nerves and blood vessels.
Following the procedure, you will notice a reduction in breast size and volume. Over time, this will help to alleviate any issues you were experiencing prior to the procedure.
You may choose to combine breast reduction with an uplift surgery, which will raise breasts that are sagging. Breast liposuction may also be necessary to ensure there is no excess fat surrounding the breasts.
Men who suffer from gynecomastia may also be interested in breast reduction surgery.
Breast reduction is a day surgery, so you will be able to return home after the effects of the anaesthetic has worn off.
Following the breast reduction, you will have to avoid undertaking any strenuous physical activity, including heavy lifting, for at least six weeks.
You will notice bruising and swelling, which will last around four weeks. You will be able to reduce this by using a cold compress, particularly during the first two days. You will also be provided with painkillers to alleviate any discomfort.
You will need to take at least one week off work.
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 about what the procedure can achieve.
Before undergoing a breast reduction, you should:
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
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.
Breast reduction surgery takes about two hours to perform.
Breast reduction surgery is particularly painful when compared with breast augmentation surgery.
The following can help reduce any pain and discomfort experienced throughout the recovery period:
It depends on the actual technique used. Please consult with one of our surgeons to find out more.
You can return to normal activities after one week.
Avoid strenuous activities for four weeks after 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.
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.