Breast reduction explained
Breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure carried out to reduce the size and weight of the breast. It can help women who feel unhappy with their breasts and alleviate any physical discomforts they may be experiencing.
Having overly large breasts can make you self-conscious and effect your confidence and self-esteem. Not being able to wear the clothes you want or not feeling comfortable in the clothes you can wear, combined with physical discomfort, can cause serious phycological distress.
For many women, the physical impact of large breasts is the main issue. Having overly large breast can cause much discomfort, particularly in the form of back and neck pain.
The results of breast reduction surgery can be profoundly positive. It can have a positive impact on your confidence and self-esteem, it can increase your mobility and make you a more active person and in general make you more comfortable in your own skin.
For many women having breast reduction surgery is a life changing moment.
Why have breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure carried out to reduce the size of the breast by removing excess breast tissue, fat and skin.
Here are some reasons why women may choose to reduce the size of their breasts:
- Heavy breast causing discomfort
- Backache due to the extra weight
- Bra shoulder straps leaving marks
- Breasts are not even or symmetrical
- Improve the proportions of the body
- Wear the clothes you like
- Improve your posture
- Improve mobility and become more active
Discomforts associated with breast reduction surgery
If you’re considering breast reduction surgery due to discomfort it’s likely your experiencing one of the following symptoms associated with overly large breasts.
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Skin irritation
- Rash and infections under the breasts
- Reduction in mobility, not able to exercise or do sports
What does breast reduction surgery involve?
Breast reduction is performed under general anaesthetic and can take between one and a half and four hours to complete, depending on the size of the breast and the extent of the surgery.
The operation itself involves the removal of breast and fat tissue to reduce the size of the breast and, if required, adjust the position of the nipples to achieve a completely natural look and feel.
There are several techniques that can be used for this surgery but in general the surgery consists of the following actions:
- Adjust where the nipple is while it’s still attached to the blood supply
- Remove excess fat, skin and breast tissue
- Reshape and construct the breast
After the surgery you may be required to stay for one of two nights. Your surgeon will advise you on this before your procedure.
Once you have healed from the surgery you may notice some scarring going horizontally and vertically along the breast and around the nipple.
After breast reduction surgery and recovery
When you wake from your surgery, the treated area will be dressed and a surgical bra placed for extra support. Additionally, a plastic drainage tube may be placed under each breast to drain excess blood.
The drainage tubes will be removed by the time you’re ready to be discharged. Your surgeon will confirm how long you need to stay in hospital prior to your surgery. One or two days stay is typical for this type of procedure.
You may feel some discomfort and pain immediately after the surgery but medication should be provided for pain relief.
During your recovery your breasts require a lot of support. Your surgeon may advise you to wear a post-surgery sports bra 24 hours a day for three months.
Recovery time for breast reduction surgery can be anything between two to six weeks. Typically, you’ll need to take a week or two off work. Your surgeon should advise you on this and give you guidance on what you should or shouldn’t do during your recovery period.
To see the full outcome of the surgery you may have to wait for a few months.
Things to avoid:
- Work for up to 2 weeks after surgery
- Driving for at least the 1 weeks after surgery or until you’re able to comfortably wear a seatbelt
- Strenuous exercise
- Heavy lifting
Risks and side effects of breast reduction surgery
After your surgery it is quite normal to have the following side effects:
- Sore breasts for a few weeks
- Scars – around the nipple, horizontally along the crease below the breast and vertically from the nipple to the crease.
Scars should fade and become less noticeable over time.
Like a lot of surgical procedure breast reduction surgery can occasionally result in complications or problems. These include:
- Thick scarring
- Uneven lumpy breasts or nipples
- Problems with wounds healing
- Loss of sensitivity in nipples
- Losing ability to breastfeed
- Excess skin which may need to be removed surgically
- Bleeding inside the breast – should be picked up within 24 hours, while still in hospital
Before the operation your surgeon should discuss the risks of surgery and explain the likelihood of them happening.
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before your procedure
Opting for any form of cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome. As we’ve pointed out earlier, every surgery, big or small, contains some level of risk.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- If you have children, do you need childcare?
- Do you have adequate space to recover?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- How long do you need to take off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
- Are the results of the surgery permanent?
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
There is no fixed price for breast reduction surgery. Cost of breast reduction surgery varies depending on many factors including, but not limited to, where you choose to have the surgery, the extent of the surgery and whether it needs to be combined with additional procedures.
Our research of online costing sources indicates the cost of breast reduction surgery in the UK is in the region of £3,000 to £7,500 and a median average cost of £5,700.
Some women may qualify for fully or partly funded breast reduction surgery through the NHS. These funds are usually available to patients who want this procedure because of physical problems that are a result of overly large breasts. To see if you’re eligible for funding you’ll need to contact your local NHS clinic for an assessment.
Treatment Cost Abroad:
Croatia: From £3,425
Czech Republic: From £1,800
Turkey: Please Enquire
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About Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery is carried out to reduce the size and adjust the shape of overly large breasts. Having overly large breast can cause a lot of physical discomfort in many women, particularly effecting the back and neck area.
Breast reduction surgery is a very popular procedure that can alleviate many physical and psychological issues related to large breasts. It gives many women the opportunity to feel more comfortable with the size of their breasts and in their appearance.
The procedure involves the removal of excess tissue to reduce the size of the breast and adjust the position of the nipples to achieve a completely natural look and feel.
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