Breast Reduction London
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Female breast reduction, also known as mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces both the size and volume of a woman’s breasts. Each woman’s reasons for reductive surgery differ but in each case there is a need for an improvement in quality of life.
Weymouth Street Hospital has some of the most experienced London breast reduction surgeons. Large breasts can put disproportionate strain on your back and neck, often spreading down to your shoulders. Over time this can negatively affect your day to day life, mood and posture. Surgery has the ability to significantly improve these symptoms or remove them completely.
Having a bigger chest can make exercise difficult if not impractical. Some patients find they must continuously utilise sports bras on a regular basis so they can wear the clothes they want. On top of this, some women find that they are simply self-conscious of their size or find unwanted attention in their personal or professional lives.
The Initial Consultation
Speaking to an expert breast surgeon can help you make the right decision and answer all the questions you may have about breast reduction surgery. Our doctors’ understand what a big decision it can be to have cosmetic surgery. It is best you discuss your requirements with an experienced doctor and weigh all the options carefully before making a decision.
The Breast Reduction Procedure
At Weymouth Street Hospital our team of experienced breast surgery specialists carry out the procedure in under 3 hours. After removing breast tissue and fat, restructuring of the skin and repositioning of the nipples is required to achieve the best results. If desired, the areola, or nipple, can also be reduced in size as well.
Breast reduction surgery is performed as a day case which means you’ll be able to return to the comfort of home the same day.
The surgery requires a general anaesthetic, which puts you to sleep. We will monitor your recovery from the operation and the anaesthetic carefully before you are discharged.
Your Breast Reduction Surgery
Although each of the following techniques strives towards the same goal, there are a number of different ways to approach your treatment. Our expert consultants will carefully explain each option and guide you to the choice that is best suited for you and your body.
For patients, the primary concern after shape and size tends to be that of scar formation. Typically there are two types of scar associated with breast reduction surgery. Named due to their appearance, they are the lollipop and anchor scars.
A lollipop scar goes around the areola (nipple) and down to the base of the breast. An anchor scar extends this slightly by traversing from the base along the underside of your bust.
Breast Reduction Care and Recovery
For the best surgical results, careful recovery is essential. You will be given a supportive bra to wear for 4-6 weeks whilst you heal. Appropriate pain relief is provided and you should see swelling and bruising resolve within a month.
When sleeping it is best to lie on your back for around 14 days. All patients are advised to refrain from exerting themselves or engaging in exercise or heavy lifting during this period. For reasons of safety you should not drive within this time either.
We will review you in our clinic to ensure your breast reduction surgery gives the best results it can. Whilst you are in the recovery period we advise that you take time off work, usually 1 to 2 weeks.
Scar visibility is mostly dictated by surgical skill and aftercare. Our dedicated team understand the need for an excellent aesthetic result and strive to achieve this for all of our patients.
In aftercare the use of moisturiser has two beneficial effects. Not only does it ensure proper skin care, the massaging effect will increase blood flow to your breast tissue and skin, speeding up the healing process and reducing the appearance of scars over time.