Breast reduction is a procedure to reduce the size of the breasts. The procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and most patients will be able to go home the same day. The operation itself takes about 2 to 3 hours to perform. Reduction of the breasts can be very helpful in patients experiencing symptoms such as shoulder pain, rashes, grooving of bra straps and bad posture.
During the procedure, our surgeon will make incisions on your breasts and remove excess tissue, fat, and skin. The nipple and areola will be repositioned to a higher position on the breast. There will typically be a scar around the areolar, vertically down the middle of the breast and underneath. This is commonly referred to as an anchor shaped scar or incision. Other types of reduction such as a lollipop or areolar lift can be performed in some cases.
WHO IS SUITABLE FOR BREAST REDUCTION?
Breast reduction can be suitable if you have the following symptoms or concerns:
- Posture problems related to heavy breasts
- Back, neck or shoulder aches due to the weight of the breasts
- Recurrent rashes underneath the breasts
- Difficulty fitting clothing or underwear due to the size of the breasts
- Interference with work or physical activity
- Lack of self-esteem or confidence due to the appearance of the breasts
During your consultation, we will discuss your specific concerns and how they may be improved with the procedure and if it would be suitable in your case.
What are the risks of reduction?
Breast reduction is performed under general anaesthetic. The procedure involves removing skin and fat to reduce the size of the breasts and lift them. Some potential risks with breast reduction are discussed below although your surgeon will discuss these and more during your consultation.
BREAST REDUCTION BEFORE AND AFTERS
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