What is a breast reduction?
A breast reduction is surgery to reduce breast size and lift and enhance breast shape. Your skin and breast tissue usually including the nipple are lifted and reshaped so that your breasts sit higher and have a better shape. Some of your breast tissue is removed so that your breasts are smaller and lighter.
Who is suitable for a breast reduction?
If you are concerned by having large breasts or large and sagging breasts or find your breasts uncomfortably heavy, you may be suitable for a breast reduction.
If you are soon after pregnancy or still breast feeding, plan to have more children in the future, are planning to lose weight or are overweight, it may not be the right time to have a breast reduction. If you smoke or have significant health problems, this will need to be assessed and you may be advised to wait or not to have a breast reduction.
There are variations depending on your individual anatomy and goals. The standard surgery is done under general anaesthesia although some people are suitable for surgery under local anaesthetic and sedation. Skin incisions are made in a way to allow your breast tissue to be reduced in size and to allow a nice reshaping and lift of your breast tissue and nipple. Your breast size is reduced. Your breast is then reshaped and lifted. Drains are not routinely used. Stitches are usually absorbable.
Breast reduction can be done on its own or in combination with other procedures. Common combinations include liposuction, abdominoplasty, labiaplasty and other body contouring procedures.
Duration of surgery
2 to 3 hours depending on the extent of surgery. If other procedures are planned at the same time, the overall surgery time is longer.
You will have tapes on the incisions. You will need to wear a support bra for 6 weeks. Breast reduction is a day case procedure or an overnight hospital stay. You can shower with care after 48 hours.
On average 1 to 2 weeks off work are needed. No heavy lifting or strenuous activity is allowed for 6 weeks. Some forms of exercise can be restarted at 4 weeks. Most exercise is restarted at 6 weeks. Driving is not allowed until you are safe to perform an emergency stop.
Unfortunately, complications can occur after all surgery and you need to be aware of this. Ms Nugent will do her utmost to reduce your risk as much as she can. This includes the health and procedure advice she gives you before surgery, the care and precautions she takes during surgery and the advice she gives you after surgery. Some of the complications that can happen include slow healing, infection, bleeding, poor scarring, asymmetry, pain, numbness or sensitivity in the skin, contour irregularities, seroma (fluid build-up), clots in the legs and lungs, loss of nipple sensation, loss of nipple or breast tissue, recurrence of breast sagging.
Most patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are very pleased with their results and it has a very high success rate. Success depends on being prepared for your surgery, choosing the right procedure, the surgery itself and recovering well. All steps in the journey are crucial!
Download the detailed information booklet on this page to read more and book a consultation to discuss your individual circumstances with Ms Nugent!
“I was very pleased with Ms Nugent – she explained everything in detail and was available when I had a concern. I was very comfortable at the Nuffield and was very pleased with the aftercare and outcome. I would recommend Ms Nugent.” Breast reduction surgery at Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Hospital 2016
“Really excellent service from beginning to end. Nora is an amazing surgeon and wonderful individual.” GC, Breast reduction surgery at the Montefiore Hospital 2016