What is the Process of Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery is one of the three most popular procedures for women in the UK. At Suffolk Breast Practice, we understand there are a variety of reasons why women seek breast reductions, whether to improve one’s health or purely for appearance. We offer a non-judgemental and impartial service, providing relevant information for you to make an informed decision as to whether a breast reduction is the most suitable option for you.
There are valid reasons to have a breast reduction. The size of your breasts may be contributing to pain elsewhere in your body, such as backache or shoulder pain, or skin irritation and infections under the breasts. Large breasts may also limit your ability to undertake exercise due to discomfort and can have a negative effect on your mental wellbeing, leading to a loss of confidence or decreased satisfaction with your self-image. It is important to stress that our mental health can have an impact on the way in which we view ourselves. Therefore prior to an operation, we will confirm with you as to whether a breast reduction is the appropriate course of action to alleviate your concerns.
Whatever the reason may be, we will provide you with the highest standard of operation at Suffolk Breast Clinic. A breast reduction is a significant operation and so choosing a clinic that is right for you is vitally important. As a fully qualified breast clinic, we have the necessary knowledge and expertise to help relieve you of the pain and stress large breasts can cause.
Breast Reduction Procedure
We will always make sure you, as the patient, have provided full consent before proceeding with the operation. We will carry out a pre-assessment to ensure you are fit to undergo the breast reduction procedure. This will include a physical examination through tests (such as x-ray and blood tests if necessary) and an assessment of your general health. Together, we will outline the benefits and risks of the operation, ensuring you are able to give informed consent in order to proceed.
In terms of the breast reduction procedure, you will be placed under general anaesthetic to ensure ease of comfort. Fat will be removed, along with glandular tissue and excess skin, and the nipple and areola will be relocated to their new positions. The remaining breast tissue and skin are reshaped and stitched together. The operation usually takes between two and three hours. You will be made fully aware of the details of the operation prior to surgery.
As with any operation, there are risks involved. Your breasts may change shape and size following the operation due to unrelated circumstances, such as weight loss or gain. Scarring around the nipples may be visible and you may experience some pain following the operation, although medication is available to ease the discomfort. Furthermore, it may not be possible to breastfeed after the operation and you will not see the intended effect of the operation until the swelling in your breasts has decreased. These details will be discussed with you during your consultation.
It may take several weeks for you to return to a normal daily routine. At Suffolk Breast Practice, we endeavour to provide you with a follow-up service to ensure you adjust to life following the operation with as little discomfort as possible. We recommend you avoid any strenuous physical activity for the first few weeks. Your breasts may feel tender and sore following surgery. The pace at which your breasts will heal can vary depending on the individual.
If you would like to book an appointment for consultation, call 07908 447 568. At Suffolk Breast Clinic, it is our ethos to ensure you receive the required standard of advice and care prior to, during, and after the operation. We understand that surgery can be a daunting experience, which is why we offer an empathetic service tailored to your individual needs.