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Statistics UK 2004-2005:
The 3rd commonest cosmetic surgical procedure requested was breast reduction
Why do some people develop excessive breast tissue (macromastia)?
Hormonal and genetic influences are to blame
Commonly develops in
Commonest reasons to request breast reduction surgery:
Dislike of appearance
Neck and shoulder pain
Problems with clothes
Understanding Breast Reduction
What does the operation involve?
Surgery takes 2-4 hrs
Where will the scars be?
Around the areola
Vertically: areola to lower crease
Horizontally: in crease under the breast
There are 4-main surgical steps:
Removal of underlying breast and fatty tissue
Removal of the excess skin and reshaping
Reduction in size of the areola
Moving the nipple and areola to a higher position
An additional option is to add in a Bra Lift
This is a technique used to enhance the internal support
It requires only a short increase in the operative time
Is it Safe?
Breast reduction involves specialised techniques and although it takes longer than a breast augmentation is a perfectly safe operation in the hands of a specialist
Most patients heal well without complications but with any surgery there are some rare minor risks and even rarer more serious ones:
Eg Rare: <5%: minor delays in healing can occur at the "T-Junction"
Eg Very rare: <1 in 1000: the nipple blood supply can be compromised causing tissue loss
You will need to have a detailed consultation and assessment with your specialist
Please bring along a list of all medication and tablets that you take
If you are a smoker it is essential to stop until healed
Smoking reduces the blood supply to the healing tissue
What is the cost?
Between £5000 and £6000
How long will I be in hospital?
Usually for 1-2 nights after surgery
Is it painful?
Most patients use Paracetamol for a few days only
It is common to feel tender for a few weeks
How much breast tissue is removed?
Usually 500gms to 800gms
Massive reductions involve 1-2 Kg/side
What size breasts will I have afterwards?
Most patients want to be between a C and D cup and this can usually be achieved
Will the scars fade?
Although they look dramatic at 3-weeks after surgery they soon soften and fade
There are special techniques that reduce scaring
The visibility dramatically reduces over 12-months