Breast Reduction Surgery (Mammoplasty)
Reasons for breast reduction surgery
Women may have large breasts which may appear out of proportion to the body due to various factors such as genetic influences, weight and hormones, which in turn can affect confidence and cause health related issues. Some problems associated with large and heavy drooping breasts are poor posture, back ache, neck ache, rashes under the breasts and indentations round the shoulder area caused by bra straps. Young women in early adolescene to women following the menopause or HRT treatment may suffer from problems arising from large breasts. Continued poor posture may lead to arthritis in later life, in addition to the psychological aspects of feeling self-conscious and attracting unwanted attention, large breasts present limitations to sporting activities and clothes shopping.
The breast reduction operation
At Liverpool Cosmetic Clinic, we offer the breast reduction procedure which is performed by removing the excess skin and fat from the breast area, and using a nipple repositioning technique. The breasts are then re shaped and the aim of the breast recuction operation (Mammoplasty) is to produce smaller and more attractive, youthful looking breasts, plus this operation may also be used to correct asymmetry of the breast, where one is considerably larger than the other. There are several different methods of performing the Mammoplasty, but scarring around the areola is an unavoidable outcome of the procedure. The scarring should fade after 6-12 months, but will always remain visible according to the healing ability of each patient. Some patients who are prone to poor healing may develop thickened scars, which are known as keloid or hypertrophic scars. Your surgeon will always aim to ensure that the scarring is concealed whilst wearing normal clothing, underwear or a bikini top.
Whilst most women report a decreased amount of back and neck pain following surgery, the nipple/breast area is likely to be less sensitive and numb and breast feeding is improbable following the reduction procedure. You will be advised to wear a well fitting bra following surgery to aid with the initial swelling and avoid vigorous exercise for 6 weeks, plus you will not be advised not to drive for 2-3 weeks post operatively.
Further benefits, risks and your expectations will be discussed and explained during your consultation with a fully registered Consultant Plastic Surgeon.
- Procedure Time: 2-3 hours (general anaesthetic)
- Hospital Stay: 1-2 nights
- Recovery Time: 2-3 weeks off work