Breast reduction is a procedure that aims to help women who find their large breasts uncomfortable, restricting or embarrassing. The goal of breast reduction surgery is to create smaller, more manageable breasts that are in keeping with your body shape.
The precise reason why women request surgery will vary from individual to individual. Some women simply develop large, oversized breasts that may feel out of proportion with body shape and may restrict activity and the ability to exercise. Other women experience stretching of skin over time and sagging from a heavy gland. Occasionally back pain or repeated infections beneath the gland will be the reasons why women seek help.
There are many reasons why women seek breast reduction surgery. Beyond basic proportional body-image issues, other troublesome factors will often also come into play. These are back pain, breast pain, shoulder grooving, and rashes.
Whilst, any one of these complaints usually justifies surgery, it should be born in mind that there is no such thing as a one size fits all operation. As with all procedures and certainly those associated with the breast, the operation needs to be tailored to your precise needs and expectations.
In general, however, you can expect surgery to both lift and reduce the size of the breasts. You should expect some alleviation of symptoms, a better shape and to some extent an evening up of asymmetries in size and position.
Liposuction can be used in occasional cases where a modest reduction is required, however, in general breast reduction surgery involves making incisions, removing breast tissue and excess skin, and reshaping and lifting the breast.For this many methods have been described. Personally, I use the periareolar, crescent, lollipop, vertical, boat anchor, inverted T and Wise patterns. I will bring to bear experience from my work in London, Paris and as a consultant specialising in complex breast problems for over ten years to guide you as to the most suitable procedure.
In general, breast reduction surgery is safe and predictable. Never the less, we will need to discuss all common complications that you should be aware of before embarking on surgery.
Once you and your surgeon have agreed on the precise details of the surgical plan, they will outline a likely recovery, including time frame for return to normal activities including work, management of young children and exercise. As with all good medical practice, they will also discuss with you potential complications of breast augmentation.
Breast reduction is performed under general anaesthesia and therefore you won’t be able to eat or drink for about six hours before the operation. Detailed instructions will be provided by the hospital on exactly what you should and should not do before surgery. The procedure usually takes around 2 hours and depending on the time of the operation and overnight stay.
On the day of surgery you will be seen by your surgeon and your anaesthetist pre-operatively. They will discuss with you the procedure and reaffirm the surgical plan. Your anaesthetist will speak to you about previous anaesthetics and provide a plan for minimising the discomfort that you will feel after your operation.
After your breast augmentation surgery is complete you will awake gently in the recovery ward and you will be seen by your surgeon and anaesthetist to make sure that you are comfortable post operatively.
You will then return to your ward. Before discharge a plan will be made for you to be reviewed in the outpatient dept usually at a week.
The precise recovery plan as discussed with you pre-operatively and be confirmed by your surgical team and any modifications made. Most surgeons will allow you to return to work in one week and to begin some gentle physical exercise within the first week.
Of course, we don’t want you to put any strain on your new breasts and it is advised that you undertake a graduated return to normal activities, as guided by your surgeon.
As a general rule of thumb, however, following breast uplift;
▪ You should be able to go home on the day or the day after your surgery
▪ You should be able to return to light work at one to two weeks
▪ You should be able to drive at one week
▪ You should be able to return to light exercise at two weeks but not building up to full exercise until 3 months
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