If your back hurts because of excessive breast weight or you’re having a hard time working out or playing sports, it might be that your breasts are too big for your body. While large breasts are in high demand, they have their drawbacks. Skin irritation, neck and back pain, and poor self-esteem are common complaints among women with big breasts. A breast reduction can help solve all these problems. In rare cases this procedure can be done on the NHS, but you won’t be able to choose your surgeon and the quality of the job might not meet your expectations.
Breast reduction is becoming more and more popular. Last year, the demand for this procedure increased by 11 percent. In 2014 more than 114,470 women in the US alone underwent breast reduction surgery.
Reductive mammoplasty (or breast reduction) aims to reduce the size and volume of large breasts. It has physical, mental, and aesthetic benefits, leading to improved body proportions and increased confidence. Women who undergo this procedure are very satisfied with the results.
Most patients enquire about this procedure because they’re either struggling with back, neck, or shoulder pain, or feel that their breasts are too large compared to their body frame. In some rare cases, one breast is larger than the other and the patient might prefer to reduce the size of the biggest one instead of increasing the size of the smallest. Surgery can help fix breast asymmetries, leading to a more streamlined bust.
This procedure can be performed at any age (18 years old minimum), ideally after puberty when breast development is complete. If you’re obese or overweight, it’s recommended you address your diet and exercise before undergoing surgery, because losing weight can reduce the breast size as well as reducing the surgical risks.
Generally, the surgery takes between 2 to 4 hours, and it requires general anaesthesia. Patients must have a mammography done and stop taking certain drugs (such as antidepressants and birth control pills) before surgery. All these specifics will be discussed with the surgeon on the day of consultation.
The specific technique used to reduce breast size can vary depending on the volume of the breast tissues to be removed. Most surgeons will first make small incisions around the areola and from the areola to the breast’s lower ridge. In this way, is possible remove excess fat, skin, and other tissues, and subsequently reposition the nipple. The incisions will be stitched up and the wound will be covered in gauze dressings.
After surgery, patients are required to wear surgical bras. The post-operative discomfort is moderate. You will also receive painkillers and other medications for faster healing.
This procedure generally doesn’t require an overnight stay. Most patients are able to return to work within one week, and to exercise within 6 to 8 weeks.
In the first couple of days, your breasts will feel sensitive and tender. Some patients may experience mild swelling or bruising. Any scars you may have after surgery will fade over time. Most of the swelling is gone after 6 weeks or so.
For proper healing, wear a soft support bra for up to one month after removing your bandages. Absolutely avoid underwire bras, due to the excessive pressure on the wound. Our team will provide you with two bras that will help reduce discomfort while ensuring optimal support.
In general, it takes about 6 to 12 months for your breasts to achieve the desired shape. Beware that pregnancy, weight loss, and hormonal fluctuations may interfere with the results of surgery.
Once you have this procedure done, exercising will get a lot easier. In a recent survey, women who underwent breast reduction surgery said that they felt more motivated to work out and maintain a healthy weight now that their breasts were smaller. Plus, back pain and aches will be just a bad memory.
The patient will undergo general anaesthesia with injections of local painkillers.
A Mastopexy require at least two hours, but may be necessary prolong the procedure up to four hours, due to the amount of tissue removed and the time spent suturing the wounds.
1 to 2 weeks, depending on the pain experienced.
2 to 3 months.
You should avoid physical activity for a minimum of one month, longer if you are healing slowly. The upper part of your body will need some time to recover and exercise could spoil the results.