Your surgeon will always discuss with you and recommend the treatment that is appropriate for you. During the consultation, the surgeon will also explain the treatment, its results and benefits, the duration of the result and the frequency of repeating the treatment.
Having large breasts is not always the blessing it may seem. Women can feel very self – conscious and can become depressed about the size of their breasts. Large breasts can lead to numerous problems including back, neck and shoulder pain and grooves in the shoulders from bra straps, excessive sweating, rashes and infections under the breasts, difficulty participating in sport, unwanted attention and comments as well as difficulty in finding comfortable and attractive clothes to fit.
The size of a woman’s breast is partly determined by her genes – the inherited factors that also affect height and frame. It is also influenced by her weight and hormones. Some women develop particularly large breasts from early adolescence. Others develop them later in life, during the menopause or following the use of HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). For some women, large breasts are a source of physical and psychological discomfort.
Breast reduction is an operation where the excess fat and skin are removed from the breasts. The breasts are then reshaped to form smaller, more pert breasts, with the nipples being moved up to a natural-looking position. Breast reduction can also be effective in evening up the size of the breasts where one is much larger than the other.
CHOOSING TO HAVE A BREAST REDUCTION
Large breasts may appear droopy, with downward-pointing nipples. Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) may relieve many of the symptoms mentioned above. However, there is always some scarring on the breasts as a result of surgery. This will vary from person to person, and according to the type of incision (surgical cut) that is used. The surgeon will discuss the position of the incisions with the woman before the operation.
Before you decide on a breast reduction, you should consider the result you hope to achieve. Some women initially want a radical reduction in size, but this can affect the final shape and appearance of the breasts, so a more moderate reduction may be a better option.
Many women find that the benefits of breast reduction far outweigh the side effects. However, because a breast reduction is done, at least in part, for cosmetic reasons, it is especially important to carefully consider the risks.
Because breast size alters with bodyweight, you will be more suitable for surgery if your weight is stable. Your breasts won’t grow again after surgery, but they may still fluctuate in size if you gain or lose weight. If you are a younger woman, the surgeon will advise you to wait until your breasts have stopped growing before performing the operation.
As with breasts that have not been surgically reduced, some drooping will still occur, as you get older.
WHERE THE SURGERY WILL BE PERFORMED
The breast reduction procedure is performed in our Harley Street clinic.
TYPE OF ANAESTHESIA
The breast reduction procedure is carried out under intravenous sedation so there will be no pain and you will sleep through the operation.
Breast reduction procedure usually takes two and a half to three hours.