WHAT IS A BREAST REDUCTION?
Mammoplasty, also known as female breast reduction surgery (or boob reduction in slang), is an operation to reduce the weight and volume of the breasts. Many women can no longer cope with the physical strain that larger breasts can cause, or the associated discomfort. Many women can also become self-conscious, affecting the clothing they wear and the activities they take part in.
A bilateral breast reduction procedure (reduction of both breasts) is performed by one of our specialist breast surgeons under general anaesthetic and can take 2-4 hours. You will need to stay overnight in one of our private comfortable hospitals and depending on how much tissue is removed, you may have to stay two nights. During the breast reduction operation, fat, glandular tissue and skin is removed from the breasts, which are then shaped and the nipple/areola repositioned using dissolvable stitches (unless otherwise required).
WHAT HAPPENS AT YOUR CONSULTATIONS?
At your surgeon consultation you will be asked what is bothering you about your breasts and about your expected outcome from the breast reduction surgery. You will be examined and some discussion will follow about scar patterns and what size of reduction is appropriate. If you are considered suitable you will be told about the operation, the expected outcome and possible risks and complications.
Day of Surgery
Breast reduction surgery involves fairly complex surgical techniques which can take between 1 ½ – 3 hours to perform. You will be admitted to the hospital on the day of surgery and will need to stay at least one night. You will have some dressings on your breasts and sometimes some drains (plastic tubes attached to suction bottles). The drains will be removed before you go home.
Your surgery will be performed under General Anaesthetic (GA). This gives you a state of controlled unconsciousness (being asleep) to prevent pain or sensation. The specialist anaesthetist will start the anaesthetic by inserting a needle into a vein in the back of your hand or arm, which is used to put a cannula (small thin plastic tube). This will take about 30 seconds to work. If you’re worried about having a needle in your hand, you can speak to your anaesthetist about this before surgery.
The procedure takes approximately 2-2 ½ hours in theatre but this may vary depending on the surgeon.
You will be given instructions about your dressing and sutures when you go home. Most surgeons will use mostly dissolvable sutures, but some might need to be removed. You should be mobile from day 1, but you will be required to take 7-10 days off work, or longer, depending on the physicality of your job. You will also be advised to refrain from heavy lifting and exercise for 6 weeks whilst wearing your supportive post-operative bra during this time.
Breast Reduction Post-Op Information
You should acquire a sports bra after the surgery, non-wired, with thick straps, covering the whole breast and fastening at the front or the back. This should be worn for 6-8 weeks.
Post-operative breast reduction aftercare is extremely important to MYA and we insist that you attend your scheduled appointments at 7 days, 6 weeks and 3 months at your local MYA clinic (dates can vary depending upon clinic/surgeon).
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Reduction?
Every woman’s breast reduction recovery time is different and will take a different amount of time, but it is usually within 2-6 weeks of the operation.
No exercise should be done for 6-8 weeks after the operation, though walking is encouraged as it can assist in recovery. You should not drive for two weeks after the procedure, and the incisions must be kept dry for this time.
COST AND FINANCE
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
When considering surgery, we understand that the cost may play an important part in your decision making process.That’s why we’ve made things simple and stress-free with a choice of flexible finance options. During your initial consultations, we’ll also make sure you know exactly what the cost includes, so you can make a fully informed and confident decision.
What’s Included In The Cost Of Breast Reduction?
Following breast reduction surgery, your post-op care is extremely important to MYA with all follow-up appointments included in our prices. To guide you through your recovery, we insist that you attend any scheduled appointments at your local MYA clinic and make use of our care package, which includes:
- Your free initial consultation with an information pack confirming the time and date of your appointment.
- A Patient Co-ordinator, your own personal point of contact throughout your MYA journey.
- A free consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic surgeons.
- An in-depth pre-operative medical assessment, that ensures you are fit and healthy for surgery.
- Your procedure carried out at one of the UK’s finest cosmetic surgery hospitals. Costs include an option of an overnight stay in an en suite room with 24-hour room service, satellite TV and breakfast.
- Our aftercare policy, including all post-operative appointments and assessments with your surgeon and one of MYA’s qualified nurses.
- A 24-hour emergency helpline manned by our network of nurses, for on-going support 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Before and after
Look below to find some Breast Reduction before and after pictures to give you an idea of what our specialist surgeons can achieve. In just a couple of hours your breasts will be reshaped and the nipples repositioned leaving you with a smaller bust, increased body confidence and improved self-esteem. Also known as mammoplasty or boob reduction, the procedure reduces the physical strain and discomfort of larger breasts by decreasing their weight and volume.
Many of our patients find that breast reduction helps to reduce any related backache, gives them the freedom to wear a wider range of swimwear, lingerie and clothing and improves their ability to participate in sporting activities. Some women may also choose the procedure to even out their silhouette when one breast is larger than the other.
At MYA, we understand how important it is to know what to expect from your breast reduction before and after your treatment, so our staff are always on hand to offer help and support. Although you’ll be shown some more images of our clients’ results during your initial consultation, it helps to view pictures to make it easier to decide if the procedure is for you and what results to expect depending on your desired shape and circumstances.
WHAT SIZE WILL I BE REDUCED TO?
Your surgeon will examine you and look at your proportions this will enable him to see roughly how much tissue he will be able to take to still give you a natural in proportion breast shape.
WHAT WILL MY SCAR LOOK LIKE?
Common breast reduction scars are in the shape of an anchor, surrounding your areola vertically down to the breast crease, then horizontal along the natural breast crease.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HEAL?
Breast reduction surgery recovery can take around 2-6 weeks. People heal at different rates and following your post-operative instructions will speed this time up.
CAN I STILL BREASTFEED?
You will not be able to breastfeed following this procedure but this can be discussed with your surgeon.
WHEN CAN I DRIVE?
Up to 2 weeks following your procedure or when you feel comfortable to do so following the recommended time.