A mammoplasty or breast reduction procedure helps to reduce the size and weight of a women’s breasts. Most women with an extra-large bust size feel real discomfort as it is very common to have side-effects such as back or shoulder pain, neck ache, skin irritations under the breast fold, painful pressure from bra straps and difficulties of discomfort during the simplest of exercise. Some women may even feel that large breasts can lead to having confidence issues which can be embarrassing or distressing. Simple things such as making clothing choice decisions can be very difficult. Many of our patients who get a mammoplasty or breast reduction done say they feel a lot better physically and emotionally.
Breast reduction – procedure
The breast reduction operation is relatively simple as it normally only involves the removal of excess breast and skin tissue, which in turn will reduce the overall size of the breast. The procedure will also help in the reshaping of the breast itself with the repositioning of the nipple helping to create a higher bust line. Breast reduction can also be used to correct asymmetry (imbalance) of your breasts. The operation in itself is performed under a general anaesthetic. It can take between one-and-a-half to three hours. After the procedure, the result is that you will be able to see a small scar around the areola (dark area around the nipple) and each method results in additional scarring. Your surgeon, pro op and after care team will discuss each procedure with you and together you will decide which is best for you. Like we said breast reduction is a pretty simple procedure compared to others with patients staying in hospital usually around one to two nights. During your stay, you will need to have dressings on your breasts and there may be drains. The drains are usually removed before you leave hospital. Our post-op team will also ensure you have the necessary pain killers and instructions regarding your dressings and any stitches you may have. The results of a mammoplasty improve gradually over time; most patients are mobile from day one returning to normal activities usually around the 6-week mark. Your breasts will become softer and more natural looking through time as healing continues, everyone does heal differently. Be sure and discuss any extreme exercise and your return to work with your surgeon and aftercare team.
Breast reduction – where do I start?
A consultation will be required between yourself and the pre-op team. Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with them and your surgeon. If you would like to learn more regarding breast reduction or any cosmetic surgery procedure, then why not book a FREE consultation with a dedicated patient care co-ordinator who will discuss the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have. Call our team today at your nearest clinic.