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Breast Reduction

A Breast reduction surgery, also known as Reduction Mammoplasty, is a procedure to decrease the size and reshape the breasts by removing excess fat, tissue, and skin. It aims to alleviate physical discomfort such as back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain, and improve the overall appearance of the breasts.

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Breast Reduction Surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic breast surgeries for women with a very wide age range wanting an increased lift in breast profile. It can be for many reasons, but some of the more popular decisions to have the procedure are:

  • Patients who are unhappy with the size, weight, and shape of their breasts.
  • Patients who feel constant back/shoulder pain and feel the weight of their breasts is affecting their posture.
  • Those who are conscious about their breasts in sexual relationships.
  • Those who want to achieve a smaller bra size giving both confidences in their body and easier options in purchasing the clothing they wish to wear.
  • Those who suffer from excessive pendulous breasts where the areolas are pointing downwards and where there is skin irritation under the breasts.

You may be suffering both physically and emotionally with the size, weight and drooping of your breasts, yet a Breast Reduction Surgery takes approximately 90 minutes to successfully complete with long lasting results.

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    At a Glance

    Breast Reduction

    At a glance

    • Surgery Time

      1-2 hours

    • Hospital Stay

      Same-day Surgery

    • Recovery Time

      7-14 days

    • Bras & Garments

      4 weeks

    • Sleeping on back

      Sleeping on back

    • Type of Anesthesia

      General

    • Time off work

      1 week

    • Age Requirement

      18+ Years Old

    • Sexual Activity

      Restricted activity for 2 weeks

    • Exercise

      After 2-weeks

    Before

    and After

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    BREAST REDUCTION COST

    £8950.00

    This is an All-Inclusive set price for this surgery and includes the full cost of your procedure including your £100.00 consultation which is credited against the cost of your surgery.


     
    Consultation Cost:

    £100.00
    Your £100.00 Consultation Is Credited When Booking Your Procedure.

     
    All-Inclusive Care Included:

    Complimentary Chauffeur Drive Home After Your Surgery Anywhere In London.

    Consultation:

    Full Consultation With Your Consultant Plastic Surgeon.

    All Additional Items Included:

    All Medication And Garments Provided To Take Home.

    Pre-Operative Assessment Included:

    All Pre-Operative Medical Assessments.

    After Care Service Included:

    Online Messaging Service 24 Hours A Day For Aftercare Questions and Guidance.

    Hospital and Anaesthetic Fees Included:

    Full Procedure And Stay At Our State Of The Art Hospital Included with Private Room.

    Post-Operative Appointments Included:

    7-Day, 12-Week and 12 Month Post Operative Appointments.

    FINANCE PACKAGES / COSMETIC LOANS

    We do not provide Cosmetic Financing for this Surgery. When considering this surgery, we like to ensure the cost of your treatment is both transparent and clear to understand. The cost outlined above is fully inclusive of your completed procedure with no hidden costs.

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    • Your Consultation

      At your breast reduction consultation, our plastic surgeon will start by discussing your medical history, including any previous surgeries and current medications. You'll have the opportunity to express your desired breast size and any concerns you may have.

      Next, our surgeon will conduct a physical examination of your breasts, assessing their size, shape, skin elasticity, and nipple position. Measurements and photographs may be taken for documentation and surgical planning.

      Our surgeon will explain the breast reduction procedure in detail, including the surgical techniques involved, anaesthesia options, potential risks and complications, and expected outcomes. They'll address any questions or uncertainties you might have regarding the surgery, recovery process, and long-term results.

      Based on your preferences and physical assessment, the surgeon will offer personalised recommendations and discuss realistic expectations for the outcome. They may also provide before-and-after photos of previous patients to illustrate your potential results.

      Finally, you'll have the opportunity to discuss scheduling, pre-operative preparations, post-operative care instructions, and financial aspects with a member of our surgeons clinical team.

      Overall, the consultation aims to ensure that you are well-informed, comfortable, and confident in your decision to undergo breast reduction surgery, and that you and your surgeon are aligned in achieving your aesthetic and functional goals.
    • Breast Reduction Procedure

      Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, is typically performed under general anaesthesia and involves several key steps:

      Incision: Our surgeon makes incisions on the breasts, usually in one of three common patterns:

      "Anchor" or inverted-T incision: around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the crease.

      "Lollipop" or vertical incision: around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease.

      "Donut" or periareolar incision: around the areola only, suitable for smaller reductions.

      Tissue Removal: Excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed based on the predetermined surgical plan. This step varies depending on the amount of reduction desired and the specific technique used.

      Reshaping and Repositioning: The remaining breast tissue is reshaped and lifted to achieve a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing contour. The nipple and areola complex is often repositioned to a higher location on the breast mound for a natural appearance.

      Areola Reduction (if necessary): If the areolas are disproportionately large, they may be reduced in size and reshaped to better match the new breast size and shape.

      Closing Incisions: The incisions are meticulously closed with sutures, typically using techniques that minimise scarring. Sometimes, surgical drains may be placed to prevent fluid buildup during the initial stages of healing.

      Postoperative Care: Dressings or surgical bras are applied to support the breasts and aid in healing. Our surgical team provides instructions for postoperative care, including managing discomfort, avoiding strenuous activities, and monitoring for signs of complications.

      The duration of the surgery can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and the individual patient's anatomy. After surgery, patients will experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which gradually subside over the following weeks. It's essential to follow the surgeon's postoperative instructions carefully to ensure optimal healing and long-term results.
    • Breast Reduction Recovery Time & Aftercare

      The recovery time and aftercare following a breast reduction surgery vary from person to person but typically follow a general timeline:

      Immediate Postoperative Period (First Few Days):

      After the surgery, patients spend some time in your recovery room under observation.
      Pain, swelling, and bruising are common and are managed with prescribed pain medications and cold compresses.
      Patients are advised to rest and avoid strenuous activities.
      Surgical drains, if used, may be removed within a day or two after surgery.

      First Week:
      Patients typically wear a surgical bra or compression garment to provide support and minimise swelling.
      Follow-up appointments with the surgeon may occur to monitor healing progress and remove any stitches or surgical dressings.

      Light activities like walking are encouraged, but heavy lifting and strenuous exercises should be avoided.

      First Few Weeks:
      Swelling and bruising gradually decrease, but some residual swelling may persist for several weeks.

      Patients continue wearing the surgical bra or compression garment as instructed.

      It's essential to follow our surgeon's recommendations regarding showering, wound care, and avoiding activities that could strain the healing incisions.

      First Few Months:
      Most patients can gradually return to normal daily activities and work within a few weeks, depending on the nature of their job.

      Strenuous activities, including heavy lifting and vigorous exercise, may need to be avoided for several weeks or until cleared by the surgeon.

      Scars will continue to fade over time, but diligent sun protection is important to prevent hyperpigmentation.
      Long-Term Recovery:

      Final results become more apparent as swelling continues to decrease, usually within three to six months after surgery.

      It's essential to attend all follow-up appointments with the surgeon to monitor healing and address any concerns.
      Maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle can help preserve the results of the surgery over the long term.

      Throughout the recovery period, patients should follow our surgeon's specific instructions for aftercare, including taking prescribed medications, attending follow-up appointments, wearing compression garments as recommended, and avoiding activities that could compromise healing.
    • Risks Associated With Breast Reduction Surgery

      Breast reduction surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks and potential complications, although they are relatively rare. It's important for patients to understand these risks and discuss them thoroughly with their surgeon before making a decision. Some of the potential risks associated with breast reduction surgery include:

      Bleeding: Excessive bleeding during or after surgery is a risk, although measures are taken during the procedure to minimise this risk. In some cases, additional surgical intervention may be required to control bleeding.

      Infection: Any surgical procedure carries a risk of infection. Antibiotics are typically prescribed to reduce this risk, and sterile techniques are used during surgery. Signs of infection include increased pain, redness, swelling, or drainage from the incision sites.

      Changes in Sensation: Temporary or permanent changes in nipple sensation, including numbness or increased sensitivity, can occur after breast reduction surgery. These changes may resolve over time but can be permanent in some cases.

      Delayed Wound Healing: Few patients may experience delayed wound healing, particularly if they have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or if they smoke. This can increase the risk of infection and may require additional treatment.

      Scarring: Breast reduction surgery involves incisions, which will result in scars. The extent of scarring depends on factors such as the surgical technique used and individual healing factors. While efforts are made to minimise scarring, some degree of scarring is inevitable.

      Asymmetry: Despite careful surgical planning, there is a risk of asymmetry between the breasts in terms of size, shape, or position of the nipples. Additional surgery may be required to correct significant asymmetry.

      Changes in Breastfeeding: Breast reduction surgery can affect the ability to breastfeed, particularly if a significant amount of breast tissue is removed or if there is damage to the milk ducts. Patients should discuss their breastfeeding goals with their surgeon before surgery.

      Anaesthesia Risks: General anaesthesia carries its own set of risks, including allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and cardiovascular complications. However, these risks are generally low and are carefully managed by your Anaesthetist.

      Rare Complications: Rare but serious complications of breast reduction surgery include blood clots, fat necrosis (death of fatty tissue), and adverse reactions to anaesthesia or surgical materials.

      It's important for patients to disclose their full medical history and any underlying health conditions to their surgeon before surgery to minimise risks. Additionally, following the surgeon's pre- and postoperative instructions can help reduce the likelihood of complications and promote optimal healing.

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    FAQ

    FAQ

    • How long does the Breast Reduction surgery take?

      The surgery takes around 1-2 hours to complete and is performed under general anaesthetic, which means you are fully asleep while the procedure is carried out.
    • Do I need to have a combination of both a Breast Lift and Reduction to achieve a perkier breast?

      You can get both in one operation. Many women are confused about what a breast reduction will do in terms of lifting the breast. Simply put, a breast reduction will reduce the size of the breast and improve the shape. On the other hand, a breast lift (or mastopexy) will lift the breast, improving the look to a more perkier result. Both reduction and lift procedures are designed to lift the breast to a perkier height.

      So, if you have more breast tissue than you desire, a reduction is what you need. If you are happy with the size of your breasts but are concerned about the sagging, then a breast lift would be a more advisable recommendation.

    • Is there a lot of pain with Breast Reduction?

      Although there are multiple incision sites, they are placed in areas of the breast that are not too sensitive. In addition, due to the fact that the nerves to the breast skin have been stretched out by the weight of the breasts over a long time, the skin is less sensitive. Thus, the pain after surgery is usually managed with oral pain medication.

      Initially, there is discomfort in walking, getting out of bed, and any activity that causes the breasts to move. You may continue to be sore for the first few days after surgery.

      For the first few days after the procedure, you will feel more discomfort than pain, and you will be sore. Our surgeon will supply you with the right medications to treat the pain. Take your medication as prescribed by the surgeon at the correct times even if you are not feeling pain; the medicine can take up to 30 minutes to work, so if you wait until it hurts, you could be in discomfort for a little while.

    • When Will My Scars Heal after Breast Reduction surgery?

      Your scars will be red for up to 3 months as they gradually fade. These were incisions, and they need time to heal like any other minor cut. Be patient, as the redness will disappear over time. You can lessen the look of them using products that are rich in vitamin E . You can also buy products specific for lessening the appearance of scars such as Dermatix or any silicone-based gel. Our clinic will advise these products post-surgery.
    • When Can I Go Back to Work?

      You should be able to go back to work after 5-7 days and once your pain is at a level that can be managed with just over-the-counter pain medication. Most women like to allow for at least one full week off work and can return soon after that. Be aware that there will be restrictions on raising your arms above shoulder level and lifting anything for some time after surgery.
    • How Long Until I Can Have Sex?

      Sex is possible generally two weeks after a breast reduction surgery, but you will want to be careful to wait until you are healed enough. You will be having follow-up appointments with your surgeon, so, don’t be shy to ask. Only your surgeon will know when you have healed enough to resume sexual activity.
    • When Will I See My Final Results?

      You should see your final results straight after your surgery but allow up to 5 months after surgery before you are considered fully recovered. Remember, your body has been through a lot. Your incision scars may still be red, but by this point, your swelling should be completely gone so you know the true new size, and your breasts should have dropped and settled into position. You will notice improvement each month up until about the eighth month.
    • Will I lose nipple sensation?

      There is very little evidence to associate any particular incision with more or less risk of losing the sensation of your nipples. Most plastic surgeons agree that loss of sensation has a lot more to do with the surgical technique.

      Also, remember that there is no best incision. A very well-healed incision in any location is better than a poor incision. Which incision is least noticeable is another variable that depends on how it has healed, what you are wearing, etc. Our plastic surgeon will give you your choices.

    • Can Breast Tissue Grow Back After Breast Reduction?

      Rarely patients who undergo breast reduction experience re-growth of breast tissue. In some cases, this may actually require a secondary breast reduction procedure. When this occurs, there are several potential causes. These include pregnancy, menopause, and weight gain.

      Occasionally, patients with juvenile breast hypertrophy who have had early intervention may also experience re-growth of their breast tissue.

      If any of these scenarios arise secondary, breast reduction is possible. Before proceeding, your surgeon should carefully review the previous operative report to minimise the potential for complications. If a patient is very young then the breasts will continue to grow and sometimes a second procedure is necessary.

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