Many women who have large breasts often suffer neck, shoulder and back pain and in some cases bad posture. Very large breasts can make it difficult and very uncomfortable to perform physical activity. The objectives of breast reduction surgery is to produce a smaller, lighter, improved breast shape, complementary and proportionate to the rest of an individual’s figure. This may also reduce the problem of back pain that heavy breasts may cause. Reducing the size of the breasts may be very satisfying, and can enhance confidence and self-esteem. Following breast reduction there may be some interference with breast feeding.
Our Consultant Plastic Surgeons are members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and all have a variety of professional qualifications.
Many of our patients come to us as they are unhappy about the size of their breasts. A large chest can often be a source of embarrassment or in some cases physical back, neck or shoulder pain; all of which can be easily alleviated by surgical reduction. In order to ensure your health and happiness, we require all of our patients to be medically fit and psychologically stable.
Below are some of the reasons patients choose to have a breast reduction:
• Women of all ages who are unhappy with the general size and shape of their breasts.
• Women who suffer from uneven (asymmetrical) breasts.
• Women who have suffered with back, neck or shoulder pain as a result of their heavy breast size.
• Women who do not like the way overly large breasts can interfere with their normal daily activities and ability to exercise in comfort.
• Women who suffer from skin irritation due to their heavy breasts, particularly in hot weather.
• Women who feel limited by the fashion restrictions large breasts cause.
• Women who feel that their self-esteem, confidence or relationships are affected by concerns and feelings about their breast size.
Your consultation with your surgeon will usually be at Aset Hospital Surgery Centre, and will last approximately one hour. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will provide a full assessment and discuss your desires and requirements. You will be able to get answers to all of your questions and concerns about a breast reduction, and your consultation will determine the best suited breast reduction procedure for you, tailored to your individual needs.
Our consultants like to get to know you and your aims and expectations to ensure that they can work together to achieve realistic results. Before booking the surgery, we will arrange a consultation with an experienced consultant plastic surgeon so that you are fully informed about the procedure and what to expect.
Before surgery we ask that all patients stop smoking; this is because smoking introduces toxins into the blood, which increases the risk of healing problems, nipple and skin loss as well as anaesthetic complications. It’s therefore essential that smokers stop well before the surgery date (at least 6 weeks) and don’t start again until their wounds have completely healed.
We also ask that patients stop taking oral contraceptive pills (alternative methods are fine), aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs as they increase the risk of bleeding. In addition, we also ask patients to stop taking off the shelf herbal medicines or nutrition supplements.
Before operating, we will arrange a medical examination (pre-operative assessment) where certain tests may be carried out to ensure your safety during anaesthesia and surgery. We may also ask you to have a mammogram prior to this surgery.
A breast reduction procedure involves the surgical reduction of breast tissue and the restoration of contour through a series of carefully planned and measured excisions. Breast reduction surgery is a commonly performed and straightforward operation which involves reducing the amount of breast and fatty tissues whilst uplifting the breast tissue. The surgeon removes the excess fat, skin and tissue from the breast. The incision lines are very discreet; there will be an anchor shaped scar running around the areola, down to and along the sub mammary fold (crease line under the breast). This restoration normally involves the removal of reasonably large volumes of breast tissue and the relocation of the nipple and the surrounding skin back into the centre of the newly created breast shape.
As breast reduction is a major operation, some bleeding, bruising, swelling and discomfort is inevitable after the operation. You can also expect scars on the breast after this procedure. Patients are most commonly dissatisfied if what they imagined does not line up with their results and for this reason, we always talk you through what is realistically and safely achievable. We can only estimate the specific size outcome and cannot guarantee a certain cup size.
Potential risks include: infection, haematoma, delayed healing, fatty lumps, prolonged pain, loss of sensation, asymmetry, dog-ears, loss of skin or nipple areola, DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (pulmonary embolism). Although breast shape and size can be altered and improved with this procedure, after surgery the position, shape and size of the breast will continue to change over time as a result of gravity, weight changes and ageing.
* Individual results may vary.
As your well being is our number one priority we offer a comprehensive and personalised aftercare package, all included in your treatment.
After you are discharged, will we give you post-operative care instructions and you will have 24-hour access to trained staff who will be on hand to advise you should you have any questions or concerns.
Following breast reduction surgery you will need to keep your breasts well supported. We recommend you wear a stretchy, non-underwired cotton bra. Your dressings will be removed approximately 7-10 days after your surgery. The surgeon who performed your surgery will see you after 6 weeks for a follow-up assessment. It is vital that you attend all necessary post-operative appointments. It is recommended that you take two to three weeks off work and avoid physical exercise for six weeks.
As all our surgeons live and work in the local area, it is possible to see your surgeon at relatively short notice. Our surgeons don’t leave the country or the local area after performing the surgery. If on a rare occasion, a surgeon leaves the local area for other commitments, we will ensure that there will always be another trained plastic surgeon from our team available to provide you with comprehensive care.
In the unlikely event of a complication directly related to your surgery, we will provide or arrange further surgery and/or treatment at no extra cost for up to 1 year.
Your consultation with your surgeon will usually be at Aset Hospital Surgery Centre, and will last approximately one hour. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will provide a full assessment and discuss your desires and requirements. You will be able to get answers to all of your questions and concerns about a breast reduction, and your consultation will determine the best suited breast augmentation procedure for you, tailored to your individual needs.