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Breast Reduction

If you feel that your breasts are out of proportion with your body or too large, you may want to consider a breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty.

What is a breast reduction?

A breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess skin and tissue from breasts in order to reduce the size, improve the shape and uplift the bust-line.

For some women, breast reduction operations have changed their lives. The procedure can help relieve physical ailments caused by the weight of large breasts such as back pain, neck ache, postural issues and discomfort during exercise. It can also have a profoundly positive effect on the emotional and psychological well-being of those who find their larger busts affect their self-esteem and confidence.

Breast reduction FAQs

Am I a good candidate for breast reduction?

To undergo any cosmetic surgery procedure is a big decision and needs careful consideration. You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you:

  • Experience postural problems or pains, such as backache, due to the weight of your breasts.
  • Experience skin irritation underneath your breasts or from uncomfortable bra straps due to the size and weight of your breasts.
  • Have one breast larger than the other or breasts that are out of proportion to your body.
  • Feel restricted from physical activities, such as exercise, due to the size of your breasts.
  • Feel unhappy, self-conscious or inhibited by the appearance of your breasts in clothing or swimwear.
  • Chest reduction surgery can also be beneficial to men with the condition gynaecomastia.

However, if you are comfortable with the size of your breasts but are experiencing issues with sagging skin due to their weight, a more suitable option could be breast uplift surgery (mastopexy) instead. Your surgeon will be able to provide professional advice and information as to which procedure will work best for you.

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

There are several methods of removing the excess fat and tissue from breasts but the most common is for the surgeon to make an incision on the underside of your breasts, from the nipple to the crease beneath. The surgeon will reshape the skin and reposition your nipples to suit your new breasts.

A general anaesthetic will be administered – you will be fast asleep throughout the procedure which typically lasts between two to three hours.

How big will my breasts be after surgery?

This varies according to different individuals and their own specific circumstances. You will discuss the new size with your surgeon to ensure you are fully comfortable and know what to expect.

Your surgeon may suggest you undergo an additional breast uplift during the procedure should this be required to achieve the desired result.

Initially, there will be some swelling so it may take a couple of weeks for you to assess the size of your new breasts accurately. The healing process will allow them to become softer and more natural looking.

What is the after care like?

You will be discharged from hospital the same day as the surgery, though you will be expected to rest until the anaesthetic wears off. It will be necessary to take time off from work and other physical activities to give your body a chance to recover.

You will have stitches, dressings and you will need to wear a special bra for a few weeks to support your breasts and allow them to heal.

Although there will be scars, these will be on the underside of your breasts and therefore not visible when you are wearing a bra or bikini top. Your surgeon or nurse specialist will give you advice on how to improve the appearance of scarring which should fade to your natural skin tone, with time.

Bear in mind that although your breast tissue will not grow back, natural occurrences such as weight gain/loss or becoming pregnant can still affect the size of your breasts.

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