Large breasts can dominate a woman’s appearance and make you look unbalanced and make exercise difficult or even impossible to do. Breast reduction is a procedure for reshaping exceptionally large breasts surgically to increase your comfort and satisfaction. Overly large breasts frequently have a considerable affect on self-confidence and can even affect personal relationships. The aim of surgery is to give you smaller, shapelier breasts that are in proportion to the rest of your body.
What does the surgery involve?
The most common procedure involves vertical line incision that circles the areola and extends down in a vertical line. Excess breast tissue, fat and skin are then removed and the nipples and remaining underlying tissues are then moved to a new higher location. The skin from both sides of the breast is then brought down and around the areola shaping the new contour of the breast and sutured.
Breast reduction is performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes about 2 to 2.5 hours depending on each individual patient and the extent of surgery.
The length of stay in the clinic is 1-2 nights (depends on health status).
What will happen in the recovery period?
The breasts will be bandage and support with compression brawhich you should wear for 6-8 weeks in the day-time and at night. There will be considerable swelling and bruising of the breasts which usually lasts 2-6 weeks. Almost all the stitches used will simply dissolve, some of them need to be taken out in a 12 days.
Depending on the individual patient recovery times will vary. You should be up and about in a day or two but your breasts may still ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. Most patients will return to work with 14 days but this is down to the individual. Avoid any strenuous activity for at least 6 weeks and limit your exercises to stretching. You should avoid the sun for 3 months.
What can I expect from the surgery?
Your expectations need to be realistic. Most patiens are pleased with the outcome and find they have smaller, fighter, and firmer breasts. You will be freed from the physical discomfort of larger breasts and your body will be better proportioned therefore in most cases giving a new-found confidence.