Breast Reduction Surgery
The purpose of breast reduction surgery is to help reduce the size of your breasts if you feel as though they’re too large or they’ve grown larger due to recent weight gain.
To obtain the results you wish, during your breast reduction consultation you need to be as honest and open as possible about your concerns and expectations. 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. One of the considerations that we’ll be likely to discuss with you will be scar placement. There’s also the possible option of liposuction to combine with the procedure depending on how much skin tissue will need to be removed. You may also be asked to lose weight to ensure that you’re in a stable state before the procedure. As there are breast reduction weight requirements to adhere to for the surgery to run as smoothly as possible. This is because your weight can have a major impact on the eventual results of your breast reduction surgery.
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
To ensure that you’re in good health for the surgery, if you have any complications with your health prior to the procedure you will need to inform us so that we can delay and rearrange if required. There may also be preoperative tests required before the surgery but we will arrange this if necessary and inform you of what the tests will be.
The procedure will be performed under a general anaesthetic so we ask you to take the following steps before the surgery:
– Stop smoking 6 weeks prior
– Stop taking aspirin
– Don’t intake any herbal supplements or anti-inflammatory drugs
After the surgery, you will witness some discomfort so prepare to take time off work if necessary.
What Happens During Breast Reduction Surgery?
We should expect the surgery to take between 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours. It involves a vertical incision being made towards the crease of the breast. The size of this incision will depend on how much tissue requires to be removed.
The tissue is then removed from where the incision has been made and the breast is shaped accordingly. The excess skin is then stretched over the breasts and they are stitched up with dissolvable stitches. If required, liposuction can also be combined with the procedure to improve the appearance and contour of the breast. This will also be discussed during your consultation.
What Happens After The Surgery?
After the surgery has taken place, you’ll be escorted back to the ward where you will have the opportunity to mobilise. There will be different stages to your breast reduction surgery recovery. At the beginning, you should expect to feel some signs of swelling and discomfort. If it becomes extremely uncomfortable then we can treat this easily with analgesia, but you will be provided with tips on how to reduce swelling after breast reduction surgery.
To ensure the best possible results from your breast reduction surgery, you should wear a support bra around 4 weeks after the procedure has taken place and this should be worn both day and night. There is potential to stay in the ward for longer than a day depending on the results of the surgery.
As you’ll feel discomfort, arrange for someone to pick you up from the surgery. You’ll also require someone to look after you whilst you’re at home for around 2 weeks. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least the first couple of weeks. You can then resume light exercises before gradually exercising normally around 3-4 weeks after. Lastly, try 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.