Large breasts can cause a great deal of physical discomfort and substantially reduce the quality of life. They are also frequently the cause of bad posture and accompanying shoulder and neck pains. Their heavy weight exacerbates the marks left by bra straps cutting into the shoulders and also restricts sporting activity as well as the choice of clothes. These problems can usually be remedied by a breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty).
The operation is perfomed in an inpatient setting, under a general anaesthetic.
During breast reduction surgery we reshape the breast by removing excess glandular tissue and skin. The nipple is also raised and reduced if necessary. The scars are around the nipple and in the lower part of the breast and can easily be concealed by a bra or bikini top. We usually have to insert drainage tubes, which can be removed after 1 to 2 days. Absorbable sutures are used so there is no need to have any stitches removed.
After the operation a bra should be worn day and night for around 6 weeks and sporting activities such as jogging and riding should be avoided for 3 months.
Reduced sensation in the area around the nipple may occur, but improves over time in most cases. Potential secondary bleeding, infections and unsightly scars are treatable.