Breast Reduction Surgery
At SKINSCAR Clinic, we provide breast reduction surgery you can rely on to be safe and affordable.
Preparing for a breast reduction
What is breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is an operation that makes the breasts smaller. This is done by taking away breast tissue and skin. At the same time, the nipples are also lifted to an elevated position and the breasts reshaped to form smaller, lifted breasts.
Why do people have breast reduction surgery?
Patients usually have breast reduction to make their breasts smaller and improve their shape. Having large breasts can cause significant problems such as back pain, neck ache or make it difficult to find clothes that fit properly. Just being self-conscious about having large breasts is another reason why some women chose to have it. Most women usually have one breast which is larger than the other and sometimes this can be quite a significant difference. A breast reduction can provide an opportunity to improve upon this imbalance and restore a more harmonious appearance to your body. If you’re unhappy with the size of your breasts, having them reduced will make them smaller, more youthful in appearance and hopefully resolve many of the other problems large breasts can cause.
What happens before my operation?
We’ll start by arranging a consultation for you with Mr Abood to discuss the surgery. This will focus upon what you’d like the end result to be and the best way to go about it, but will also include a comprehensive background check on your general health. The consultation will involve your breasts being examined along with measurements and photographs being taken for your medical records which will also help to guide your surgery and help you to understand what’s involved. If it makes you feel more at ease then you’re more than welcome to bring someone along with you to your consultation. After your consultation there’s plenty of time to ask further questions or to arrange a further consultation to go over things.
How is breast reduction performed?
The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic in a fully equipped operating theatre, and usually takes between two and three hours. During the surgery, excess breast tissue and skin is removed in such a way that the breasts are made smaller, the nipples are elevated into a new position on the breasts. The overall effect being smaller, more lifted, youthful looking breasts. Most patients usually go home the next day wearing a supportive bra while the breasts are healing. There are a few different types of reduction technique which can carried out and the most appropriate method for you will be fully discussed with you by Mr Abood during your pre-operative consultations.:
• Anchor-type or inverted-T reduction: the most common type of reduction.
• Vertical-pattern reduction: Similar to the inverted-T, but without the cut underneath the breast (usually not suitable for very large breasts)
• Circumareolar reduction: best used when a small amount of tissue needs to be removed, and only leaves a scar around the areola
What should I do before my operation?
Mr Abood will advise you during your consultations on the best ways for you to help your operation be a success. Some simple, general ones are to maintain a healthy, steady weight, and if you do smoke, to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before the operation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY:
Is there anything I should do before undergoing breast reduction surgery? (stop smoking, taking aspirin etc)
Identifying whether you are a suitable candidate for breast reduction surgery goes beyond simply wanting smaller breasts. There are a number of factors which will help to determine whether breast reduction surgery will be a safe and successful procedure for you. Most surgeons would insist that you’re not smoking and are of an optimal Body Mass Index ( usually less than 30), as these factors will have a significant impact upon your body’s ability to heal. A consultation with a GMC registered plastic surgeon should identify all the areas that need to be discussed in advance of any surgery.
How painful will the breast reduction surgery be?
The experience of pain is subjective so it’s difficult to say exactly what it will be like, but in my experience most of my patients come away saying it was significantly less painful then they were anticipating, or indeed wasn’t painful! Before the surgery itself starts and during the procedure I use quite a lot of targeted local anaesthetic which helps to keep my patients as comfortable as possible. My anaesthetist is also great at anticipating pain relief requirements and will provide tailored analgesia during after surgery which helps to keep any discomfort at bay.
What are your breast reduction recovery tips?
Plan to take it easy for a week or two.
Wear your non-underwired sports bra or post-surgical bra as advised by your surgeon and take their advice with regards to things like showering. I let my patients shower from day 5 after surgery.
Stay hydrated and eat and drink healthily.
Don’t forget to massage the scars. This is a very important part of the breast reduction surgery process and done properly should encourage your scars to soften and fade over time.Your plastic surgeon will advise you when to start massage, what to use and how to go about it.
Can I stop wearing a bra after breast reduction surgery?
I advise my patients to wear a sports bra or post-surgical bra for the first 6 weeks after surgery. In my opinion, this helps to support the breasts as they are healing which makes you feel more comfortable and helps to reduce swelling. After 6 weeks, you can change to underwired bras or other bra preference.
When can I return to work and exercise?
It will depend upon what sort of work you do and the kind of exercise you take part in. As a general rule, I tell my patients who have sedentary or desk based jobs that they can usually return to work at 2 weeks post surgery, although I know many go back before then. If your work is more physical then you may require longer as It’s not a good idea to stress yourself physically when recovering from surgery. With regards exercise, most can resume aerobic exercise such a cycling, jogging, running by 6 weeks but longer if planning to go back to resistance type exercise, such as lifting weights. Everyone recovers at different rates so there will be flexibility around all of these timelines.
Breast reduction surgery can be life changing for those who have large, heavy breasts. Below is some guidance on what is involved and what to expect.
Some examples of Breast Reduction Procedures.
Please see below some of my patients who have had Breast Reduction at my Harley Street Clinic in London.