Breast Reduction Surgery (Mammoplasty)
Breast Reduction Surgery, also known as Reduction Mammoplasty, reduces the weight and volume of the breasts. Men can also have breast reduction surgery due to a condition known as gynaecomastia, which enlarges male breasts.
Breast Reduction Surgery can help if you are unhappy with the shape, weight or ‘droop’ of your breasts by making them smaller and more lifted or to rectify noticeable asymmetry. However, breast size alters with body weight so, after surgery, your breasts may increase in size if you put on weight or become pregnant.
Large breasts, may cause similar problems at all ages: backache, neck pain, grooves in the shoulders from bra straps, rashes under the breasts and feeling self-conscious.
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Procedure & Preparing for Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast Reduction Surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes approximately two hours. During the procedure, fat, glandular tissue and skin are removed from your breasts, which are reshaped, and the nipples are repositioned to form newer, smaller breasts.
Apart from the change of shape and reduction in size, the most obvious consequences following surgery are the scars. These are designed to be invisible whilst wearing normal clothing and, as far as possible, are designed to lie under the average bra or bikini top. Over the months following surgery, your scars will fade from being red, possibly thick and uncomfortable, to becoming pale and less obvious.
However, they will always be present and visible when clothing is not worn and the scars will vary from one woman to another.
Recovering from Breast Reduction Surgery
Your post-operative care will be discussed with you by your Consultant Surgeon and Specialist Nurse. Drainage tubes are frequently used and will be removed within a short period of time following surgery. You may need to remain in hospital for up to two days.
A well-fitting bra will be supplied after the surgery and should be worn as instructed.
The nipples are likely to be very much less sensitive following surgery due to the nature of the cuts and the nerve supply and it is quite possible numbness will extend over parts of the breast as well.
Sutures will normally be removed between 10-14 days post-surgically.
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What our patients say
“I’ve had a wonderful level of care. Nurses, Anaesthetist and consultant have all been fantastic. Surgery went well so I am extremely happy. Receptionists were also very helpful and friendly”