Breast Reduction

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

The breast reduction procedure involves the removal of both excess skin and fat from the breasts, which are then reshaped and the nipple / areola complex repositioned to form smaller, more naturally shaped breasts.

Who Is Suitable For Breast Reduction Surgery?

A woman’s breast size is determined by several factors. These include:

  • Family history
  • Body weight
  • Hormonal status

Overly large breasts can become an issue at various times of life. However, whichever age it affects a woman at, there are certain problems that can arise due to large breasts. These are:

  • Back and neck ache
  • Difficulty in fitting in to fashionable clothes
  • Badly fitting bras
  • Embarrassment and self-consciousness
  • Skin rashes under the breast
  • Difficulty when playing sports.

As a result, these women may investigate how to reduce these problems through breast reduction surgery (also known as reduction mammoplasty).

What You Need To Know About Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Reduction Mammoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia.
  • The patient usually stays in hospital for at least one night
  • In the most common form of breast reduction, scars will result around the areola, then vertically down the breast and horizontally along the breast creases.
  • The operation takes between two and four hours to perform
  • Liposuction may also be performed to the fatty areas under the armpits
  • Asymmetries in breast size may also be corrected
  • Following surgery, most patients wear a firm support bra for two to six weeks
  • Some patients continue to wear a support bra indefinitely
  • The breasts will feel bruised, tender and swollen for several weeks
  • Sutures are removed or trimmed after ten to fourteen days
  • Ice packs may be used to reduce the swelling and make the breasts feel more comfortable
  • Most patients take two weeks off work
  • No lifting during this first two weeks, and no heavy lifting for at least six weeks
  • Most women can resume normal activity within four to six weeks
  • As with all scars, they will slowly fade over six to twelve months. However, they never disappear.
  • It is generally advised that most women will not be able to breastfeed following Breast Reduction. However, when techniques are used that preserve the connections between the milk ducts and the nipple, breast-feeding may be possible.

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