Although many patients seek larger breasts by augmentation, having very large breasts isn’t always ideal and many patients would like to reduce their size. Very large breasts can cause significant problems including back, neck and shoulder pain, skin irritation and difficulties getting clothes to fit or with exercise. If you’re tired of dealing with the problems of larger breasts, a breast reduction could be an ideal option.
A breast reduction is a highly effective technique for reducing the size of large breasts and removing these associated problems – in particular, the back and neck pain usually settles quickly after the procedure.
How are your requirements for breast reduction assessed?
Patients requirements for breast reduction surgery are assessed in clinic. The current size, associated problems and the desired breast size area determined. A number of detailed measurements are taken to assess the best technique applicable to produce the results required and an indication of the likely results demonstrated.
How is a breast reduction performed?
There are a number of different breast reduction techniques and the procedure recommended will depend on the size of your breasts and your desired breast size. Whichever technique is used, an incision will usually be placed around the nipple and vertically below. There will also be an incision hidden in the fold under the breast – the length varies depending on the degree of reduction.
The nipple is isolated on a tongue of tissue that maintains its blood and main nerve supplies. The excess glandular tissue, fat and skin are removed and the remaining breast tissue reshaped, moving the nipple to a higher position on the summit of the breast mound and the incisions closed. The overall result produces smaller, better-shaped, perter breasts, positioned higher on the chest wall. Any asymmetries are also corrected.
Small drains are usually placed at the end of the procedure to allow any fluid to drain, these are normally removed the morning after surgery. At completion of surgery, a two-layer dressing is applied and a thin Lycra bra is worn.
Breast reduction surgery is carried out under a general anaesthetic and a night in hospital after surgery is usually required.