Breast Reduction Surgery
Would you prefer smaller breasts?
Whether you’re self-conscious or experiencing constant back pain, the liberating effects of a breast reduction can be life-changing. A breast reduction is designed to bring proportion back to the body by removing the extra weight. Besides being great for your physical health it’s also brilliant for restoring your confidence.
Breast reduction surgery takes around 2 to 3 hours, under general anaesthetic and you’ll need to stay in our hospital for 1 or 2 nights. It involves removing the extra fat, tissue and skin, before re-sculpting the breasts and repositioning the nipples. Your specialist surgeon will take you through the process step by step, explaining every stage, while ensuring you’re comfortable with everything from start to finish.
After this type of surgery you’ll need to take a minimum of 10 days off work. We’d also recommend no heavy lifting or exercise for 6 weeks and you’re likely to be advised to wear a supportive post-op bra too.
HOW IT'S DONE
This procedure brings a host of benefits both physical and psychological. Besides boosting self-esteem it also allows you to enjoy a more active lifestyle. Here’s how it’s done.
Skin incision shown in red.
The tissue to be removed, demonstrated in white.
Smaller, re-sculpted breast with minimal anchor scar.
Breast reduction surgery causes a small amount of bruising and swelling that usually lasts for 7 to 21 days. However, your new shape might not settle for around 6 months.
A little discomfort
Feeling uncomfortable afterwards isn’t unusual and any pain should ease after 7 to 14 days. Until then we’ll prescribe and administer pain relief as you need it.
A change in sensation
After surgery you may experience a difference in sensitivity. This usually settles after a couple of weeks, however for some it can remain for longer and very rarely, it can be permanent. Disturbing the nerves during surgery is the cause. Anything from a tingly feeling to a quick pain is normal, as is hearing ‘gurgling’ noises in the first 7 days.
Picking up children and housework
Strenuous activity like hoovering, housework or lifting your children isn’t something you should do until 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. It can pull stitches and may affect how you heal, so please rest fully for the recommended time.
Any kind of breast surgery, including a nipple reduction or a nipple lift may affect whether you can breastfeed afterwards. This is because the nipple and milk ducts are usually disturbed during the procedure.
It’s usually better to wait until you’ve had all your children before planning this kind of surgery. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can hugely affect the shape or size of your breasts, sometimes leading to the need for another procedure after having children.
Something to think about
A surgeon can’t undertake this procedure if you’re producing milk. That’s why we recommend you wait until 3 months after giving birth or after you’ve stopped breastfeeding and your body’s back to its pre-pregnancy state.