Most breast reductions are carried out in the private sector but may be available on the NHS in very particular circumstances, such as if you are suffering pain due to the size of your breasts. Breast reduction can help improve the shape, size and position of the breast or correct asymmetry, by removing skin and breast tissue.
Breast reduction surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic and can take up to 4-6 hours, depending on what is required. The surgeon will remove excess tissue, reshape your breasts and reposition your nipples.
When you come around after surgery, you will have drainage tubes to remove excess fluid and blood, as well as dressings on your breasts. Your breasts may be swollen and painful and feel a bit lumpy. Painkillers and careful wound management can help with discomfort.
It is likely that you will have to stay in hospital for a few days following the operation.
Although you may be able to return to normal functioning within 2-3 weeks following your breast reduction surgery, it is unlikely that the swelling and bruising will completely settle for several months. You may experience painful breasts during this time, requiring the use of over-the-counter pain relief. Red/pink scars around your nipple and incision areas should start to reduce in severity. If you notice problems such as severe scarring, infection, lumpiness or numbness, be sure to contact your surgical team for advice.
You can resume your usual sporting activities within a few weeks but more vigorous training with significant upper body movements, such as tennis, should be avoided for a month or so. It is also important to wear a supportive sports bra, in order to preserve the good results from your breast reduction surgery.
If you plan to have children after your surgery, bear in mind that you may find it difficult to breast feed. With modern breast reduction techniques, surgeons aim to preserve the milk producing ducts to the nipple, which means that most women are able to breast feed their children, but it is good to be aware that you may have issues.
It is also helpful to bear in mind that if you do become pregnant after your breast reduction surgery, your breasts are likely to become larger, which may affect the results of the procedure.
Any scarring should fade but this could take up to 24 months. Regular moisturising and massage of the scars may help, which should be hidden by your underwear.
On a less technical note, with smaller breasts which are hopefully in proportion to the rest of your body, you will be able to enjoy buying clothes and underwear that suit you. You will no longer be drowned by larger tops that have to accommodate a larger bust size, with a resultant improvement in your confidence and self-esteem.
At Ramsay Health Care we are proud to work in partnership with some of the highest qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeons, ophthalmologist, orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, pain management consultants and physiotherapists in the UK. Our holistic care offers you the best treatment!
At Ramsay you won’t have to wait for an appointment for your breast reduction surgery. Your treatment may be covered by medical insurance and self-pay packages are available on request. We have first class facilities and all self-funding and most privately insured patients can enjoy our Private Patient Pledge offering exclusive benefits including superb food, a relaxing environment, priority access and appointments to suit your lifestyle. Our aim is to help you feel like a guest as well as a patient.
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