At SKINSCAR Clinic, we provide breast reduction surgery you can rely on to be safe and affordable.
Identifying whether you are a suitable candidate for breast reduction surgery goes beyond simply wanting smaller breasts. There are a number of factors which will help to determine whether breast reduction surgery will be a safe and successful procedure for you. Most surgeons would insist that you’re not smoking and are of an optimal Body Mass Index ( usually less than 30), as these factors will have a significant impact upon your body’s ability to heal. A consultation with a GMC registered plastic surgeon should identify all the areas that need to be discussed in advance of any surgery.
The experience of pain is subjective so it’s difficult to say exactly what it will be like, but in my experience most of my patients come away saying it was significantly less painful then they were anticipating, or indeed wasn’t painful! Before the surgery itself starts and during the procedure I use quite a lot of targeted local anaesthetic which helps to keep my patients as comfortable as possible. My anaesthetist is also great at anticipating pain relief requirements and will provide tailored analgesia during after surgery which helps to keep any discomfort at bay.
Plan to take it easy for a week or two.
Wear your non-underwired sports bra or post-surgical bra as advised by your surgeon and take their advice with regards to things like showering. I let my patients shower from day 5 after surgery.
Stay hydrated and eat and drink healthily.
Don’t forget to massage the scars. This is a very important part of the breast reduction surgery process and done properly should encourage your scars to soften and fade over time.Your plastic surgeon will advise you when to start massage, what to use and how to go about it.
I advise my patients to wear a sports bra or post-surgical bra for the first 6 weeks after surgery. In my opinion, this helps to support the breasts as they are healing which makes you feel more comfortable and helps to reduce swelling. After 6 weeks, you can change to underwired bras or other bra preference.
It will depend upon what sort of work you do and the kind of exercise you take part in. As a general rule, I tell my patients who have sedentary or desk based jobs that they can usually return to work at 2 weeks post surgery, although I know many go back before then. If your work is more physical then you may require longer as It’s not a good idea to stress yourself physically when recovering from surgery. With regards exercise, most can resume aerobic exercise such a cycling, jogging, running by 6 weeks but longer if planning to go back to resistance type exercise, such as lifting weights. Everyone recovers at different rates so there will be flexibility around all of these timelines.
This procedure isn’t for everyone, however, which is why we recommend you read the following guidance thoroughly.
The breast reduction surgery we perform is an operation that makes breasts smaller. We do this by taking away fat, breast tissue and skin. The nipples are also lifted, and breast reshaped to form smaller breasts.
Our patients usually have breast reduction to make their breasts smaller and improve their shape. If you’re considering a reduction, it might be because your breasts are larger than you’d like them to be. Similarly, if they currently cause back pain or create shoulder grooves from bra straps, breast reduction might be a great solution. Women also visit us to discuss breast reduction when they feel self-conscious about their larger breasts or find it difficult to enjoy sport or wear particular clothes. If you’re unhappy with the size of your breasts, having them reduced can make them feel smaller, more comfortable and higher. The same goes if you have one larger than the other; breast reduction can even them out safely for you.
We’ll start by meeting with you to discuss the surgery and find out what you’d like the end result to be. We’ll make note of past and present illnesses and any medication you might be on. We’ll ask you to sign a consent form if you’re happy for us to examine your breasts. You’re more than welcome to bring someone along with you during the consultation if that makes you feel more comfortable, as we may ask to take photographs for medical purposes. We may also take a note of your height and weight to make sure it’s safe to undertake an operation. If you’re planning on pregnancy or are overweight, we may suggest that the operation is delayed.
We start by lifting the nipple into a new position. During this process, it remains attached on a stalk of the tissue, before extra skin and breast tissue is cut away. That which is left is then reshaped into a smaller, higher breast before the nipple is put back in place. There are a few different types of reduction we can perform, depending on the size of your breasts and how much reduction you would like:
• Anchor-type or inverted-T reduction: the most common type of reduction where the cut starts around the nipple and travels down under the breast (in some instances, we may need to remove the nipple completely and move to a new position - it will not feel normal after this procedure)
• Vertical-pattern reduction: the same as the inverted-T, but without the cut underneath the breast (not suitable for very large breasts)
• Circumareolar reduction: best used when a small amount of tissue needs to be removed, and only leaves a scar around the areola
To help your operation be a success, we simply ask that you maintain a steady weight, and if you smoke, to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before the operation. You won’t need to shave any hair away, but we will ask that you take a bath or shower with 24 hours of the operation to ensure the area is as clean as possible.