Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to reduce and reshape large and droopy breasts. It not only improves the way the breast looks, but also relieves the pain and discomfort associated with having large and heavy breasts.
Why might I consider breast reduction surgery?
Having large and heavy breasts can have a significant impact on the physical and emotional quality of life of many women. The weight of the breast tissue causes pain the neck and upper back along with shoulder grooving from the bra straps. In warmer weather patients can also experience a rash or skin irritation under the breasts. Patients tend to have difficulty in exercising and also find it challenging to find clothes that fit well. Some patients also have a difference in the size of their breasts (asymmetry), which is another reason for requesting breast reduction surgery. Women who are planning breast-feeding are advised to postpone breast reduction surgery until they have completed their family.
How are breast reductions performed?
There are many techniques that are used for breast reduction surgery. Mr Huq is an expert in performing breast reductions and he will advise you on the best technique for you after a detailed consultation and examination.
Breast reduction surgery is carried out under general anaesthesia. Using carefully planned incisions, Mr Huq will remove excess skin, fat and tissue to reduce the breast mass and reshape the breast. The nipple areolar disc is repositioned to a higher location on the breast. The incisions are closed carefully with layers of sutures and sterile dressings are applied. Mr Huq recommends that you wear a supportive sports bra for 4-6 weeks continuously after your operation.
Mr Huq will provide you with detailed information regarding the post-operative period. In general you will need to take 10-14 days of work to recover from your surgery. Driving should be avoided for 2 weeks and there should be no strenuous activities till at least 6 weeks after your surgery.
What can I expect after breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction patients are among the most satisfied patients undergoing Plastic Surgery. They are able to participate more freely in sporting activities and are able to wear more fitted clothing. Most patients are also relieved from the discomfort of having large breasts. The final cosmetic result can take up to three months to allow for any swelling to settle.
What are the possible risks?
Although breast augmentation is a frequently performed procedure there are a number of risks and complications. Mr Huq will go through you in detail regarding the risks so that you are fully informed before your surgery. Risks include:
Lumpy scars – in most cases these will settle with time
Wound healing problems - There may be small areas of the wound that are slow to heal, but in the majority of cases these heal without the need for further surgery.
Bleeding – The risk of this is around 1% and it is rare for patients to return to theatre to deal with the bleeding.
Altered nipple sensation – Changes in the sensation to the nipple is common following this type of surgery, but fortunately it persists in less than 10% of patients. It is more common inpatients with very large breasts who have reduced sensation pre-operatively.
Fat necrosis – This is where small areas of fat in the breast may have a reduced blood supply due to the incisions made during surgery. This can lead o small hard lumps in the breast. Fortunately, in most cases this settles over the next 6-12 months without requiring further surgery.
Asymmetry – It is impossible to make the breasts perfectly symmetrical. In cases where there is a significant discrepancy then further surgery may be required.
Breast feeding – If you are considering breast reduction surgery then it is better to wait till you have completed your family before having surgery. Some women are able to breast feed after surgery, but the majority will be unable to do so.To learn more about breast reduction surgery please make an appointment to see Mr Huq.
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