Very large breasts can be problematic, and cause a number of medical problems, including back and shoulder pain, poor posture and difficulty when exercising. In addition, women with very large breasts may feel self conscious and negative about their appearance.
Breast reduction is the surgical procedure used to remove fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts. The new breasts are smaller, lighter, and more in proportion to your overall body shape and size. If necessary, the size of the areola (the skin surrounding the nipple) is also reduced, and the nipple is repositioned.
Breast reduction surgery has a very high level of patient satisfaction. Most patients are extremely positive about the improved quality of life that they experience.
During your consultation, you may see pictures of (non identifiable) previous patients who have undergone breast reduction surgery, which will help you to understand the procedure and see realistic results. You may also see a 3D simulation of your breasts post-reduction, using the Vectra photography system.
Post Operative Care
- you will wake after breast surgery and general anaesthetic with dressings on each breast. It is very unlikely that you will require wound drains. Your anaesthetist will have prescribed medication for you to keep you comfortable – you will have pain relief prescribed for discharge also.
- a soft bra/crop top/singlet with shelf is adequate support for your breasts post operatively. There are specialised garments available – these may be purchased pre or post operatively. Mr Timms’ staff will give you advice regarding these. Please avoid wearing underwire bras for 6 weeks after your surgery.
- an appointment will be made for you to be reviewed by Mr Timms’ nurse in the rooms approx 1 week after your surgery
- you will need to be prepared to avoid driving for at least 2 weeks post Breast Reduction. It is advisable that you refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 6 weeks. Most activities can be recommenced after your 6 week review with Mr Timms.