Breast Reduction Surgery
If you feel as though your breasts are too large because they’ve either grown or you’ve gained some weight, a breast reduction surgery can help to reduce the size of your breasts.
During your breast reduction consultation, try to be as honest and open with us about your concerns and expectations so we can obtain the results that you wish to have. This enables us to ensure that we create the best surgery plan for you. We’ll also ask a series of questions about your lifestyle and health.
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If required, operations can be completed in a way to suit your own needs and we’ll be happy to discuss this with you so you’re aware of how we can achieve this. Scar placement will be another consideration we’ll discuss with you so you’re aware of what changes will be made to your appearance well in advance.
If we need to remove large amounts of skin tissue in order to match your expectations of the surgery, we can do so by combining the surgery with liposuction. To ensure your safety and in a stable condition for the surgery, you may be asked to lose weight before the procedure and we’ll support you along the way to help you achieve the ideal weight. We advise this as your weight can have a major impact on the eventual results of your breast reduction surgery and we want to make sure you achieve the best possible results to match your expectations.
Risks and complications will also be discussed to help decide which procedure you feel is the best for you.
How To Prepare Before Your Surgery
Your safety and health always comes first before we consider operating on you, so if you have any complications with your health prior to the procedure please inform us so that we can delay and rearrange if required. In some cases, we may also arrange for pre-operative tests to be carried out so you’re as safe as possible, but if this is required we’ll let you know what these will be and if they are necessary before the surgery goes ahead.
The steps below are important to follow so it can prevent any complications with your surgery as it will be performed under a general anaesthetic.
– Avoid smoking six weeks prior to the surgery so your vessels aren’t prone to blood clotting and your recovery time is easier
– Not taking aspirin will make sure that it does not interfere with the effectiveness of the anaesthetic
– Avoiding herbal supplements or anti-inflammatory drugs can ensure the anaesthetic can work to the best of its ability and your body can work better in naturally recovering
Taking time off work will be beneficial as it’ll enable you to recover as quickly as possible rather than feeling sore and causing further strain when you’re working.
What Happens During Breast Reduction Surgery?
The surgery will be expected to take between one and a half hours and two and a half hours. An incision is made towards the crease of the breast at the beginning of the surgery, and the size of this incision will help to remove the necessary tissue that’s required. Once the incision is made, this will allow us to remove the tissue and shape the breast accordingly.
Any excess skin is then easily concealed by stretching it over the breasts and stitching it up with dissolvable stitches. To help improve the contour of the breast we can also combine the procedure with liposuction and provide you with a more pleasing appearance. We can discuss all the options available to you during your consultation.
What Happens After The Surgery?
Once the surgery has taken place, you’ll be escorted back to the ward where you will have the opportunity to regain your mobility again. At the beginning stages of regaining your mobility, you should expect to feel some signs of swelling and discomfort but this will be normal and is expected to feel before you recover. If it becomes extremely uncomfortable, we can treat this easily with analgesia and will also provide you with useful tips to reduce any swelling after breast reduction surgery.
We advise you to wear a support bra for around four weeks after the procedure which we’ll happily provide and this should be worn both day and night to improve your recovery process and ensure you gain the best possible results from your breast reduction surgery. If you need further support with your recovery, you have the possibility to stay in the ward for longer than a day if you need it.
Arranging someone to pick you up from the surgery will help in supporting you for any discomfort you may feel after. We also recommend having someone take care of you for around two weeks whilst you’re at home recovering. For the best results from your recovery, avoid any strenuous exercise for the first couple of weeks. You can then resume light exercises before gradually exercising normally around three to four weeks after. Finally, keep in mind to keep the wounds dry for at least a week.
After your surgery, you’ll sit down with your dedicated surgeon who will run you through some breast reduction recovery tips and provide you with the required advice for your aftercare. This will also provide you with further opportunity to ask any questions that you have after the breast reduction surgery.