Breast reduction is a common cosmetic procedure that can effectively reduce breast size as well as improve breast shape for women with very large breasts. Often, having larger breasts can cause numerous problems that can hamper your lifestyle, for example when trying to find underwear and clothing to suit your body shape or if you want to take part in vigorous sport or exercise. The resulting neck, shoulder and back pain related to larger breasts can also point you towards opting for a breast reduction.

Should I have a breast reduction?

If you relate to any of the following, then you may want to consider breast reduction surgery to help enhance the quality of your lifestyle:

  • Do you suffer from back, neck and shoulder aches and pain?
  • Do you experience skin irritations?
  • Do you have trouble finding comfortable bras or clothing that fits you well?
  • Is playing sports or doing exercise problematic or awkward for you?

I’ve heard that breast reduction results in heavy scarring. What scarring is there?

Although there are numerous plus points to undergoing a breast reduction procedure, you won’t be able to escape some scarring. On the whole, you should expect to have a scar around the nipple, a short, vertical scar below the nipple and often a horizontal scar too, although this one is usually hidden in the fold underneath your breast.

What is the procedure for breast reduction?

There is an array of breast reduction surgery options available so we will ensure to talk you through all of your choices during a thorough consultation process.  For example, you could opt for a major reduction, a small to medium reduction or a small reduction. The type of procedure you have will depend on your goals and what you want to achieve with your surgery.

The procedure will usually involve removing excess skin and a portion of the breast tissue and fat. The nipples and remaining breast tissue are then reshaped to produce smaller breasts that have an improved, lifted shape.

What is the recovery process like?

Breast reduction operations are usually performed under a general anaesthetic with a one or two-night stay. Your dressings will be changed one week after your procedure and you will also need to wear a sports bra for about six weeks. Very often, you can return to work after two weeks although we suggest you don’t tackle sports or exercise until at least a month post op.

Do you have any more questions? Would you like to book a consultation? Get in touch with us today by calling 020 7118 6887.


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