Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is associated with very high patient satisfaction rates because it delivers on several levels.  A breast reduction will not only reduce the size of the breast, but will also tighten the skin envelope and lift the breast in the same way that a mastopexy, or breast uplift will, giving a smaller and more youthful appearance.  Women with large breasts often suffer from bra straps digging in and back and neck ache, and reducing the weight of the breast will also often relieve the tension and help with these aches and pains.  The weight of large breasts can also cause recurrent inflammation and infections in the fold between the breast and the chest wall, known as intertrigo and this is eliminated or much improved following breast reduction.  Finally, there is the cost and inconvenience associated with finding a good bra in the larger sizes, and it can be an enormous relief to finally be able to shop in any high street department store.

Properly fitted bra

A well-fitting bra will go some way to reducing the discomfort associated with large breasts but it can be difficult to find an adequately fitting bra for the larger bust and the relief may not be total

Limitations of Surgery

It is important to be aware of the limitations and potential complications prior to embarking on surgery.  It is useful to have a cup size in mind to aim for but it is impossible to guarantee that this will be achieved.  There will always be a degree of swelling and the final result will not be apparent for some months following surgery and so it is unwise to go out and buy expensive bras too soon, when your cup size may change.

The nipple is moved during the procedure and so the sensation and blood supply may be interrupted.  The effect on lactation (breast feeding) is unpredictable and it may be that you will not be able to breast feed post-operatively.  If this is important to you, you should delay surgery until you have finished your family.

The scars will take about two weeks to be fully healed and may take longer in some cases.  They will be red for the first few months following surgery and can take 6-12 months to fully fade.