MAMMOPLASTY (BREAST REDUCTION), WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Breast reduction procedure involves reducing the amount of breast tissue whilst uplifting the breast tissue at the same time. In order to achieve the desired outcome the Cosmetic Surgeon will reposition the nipple and areola to give the breasts a natural appearance. Breast reduction surgery takes up to three hours to complete, depending on the size of your breasts. The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic, and you will need to stay in hospital for 1 or 2 nights.
Breast reduction will leave permanent scar around the areola and an inverted T scar below in majority of cases. However, the scar will fade with time. It is important to realize there is no exact measurement of bra size and size measurement is dependent on projection rather than volume. It is never a good choice by compromising a well shaped reduction and to have a poorly shaped one when too much is removed.
It is important to refrain from heavy upper body lifting and exercise for a six weeks period.
Breast reduction cost around £6-8000 partly depending on the hospital cost.
AFTERCARE AND RECOVERY AFTER A BREAST REDUCTION
Following breast reduction surgery, you should be up and about in a day or two but your breasts may still ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. You will need to take one or two weeks off from work, avoid lifting, pushing anything heavy for a couple of weeks. You will be required to wear a supportive bra (eg a sports bra) for up to 6 weeks, day and night to keep the breasts well supported whilst healing takes place.