Information on Breast Reduction Surgery

Patients report this procedure as simply life changing.

If you feel that your breasts are overly large and not in proportion with the rest of your body, you are not alone. Hundreds of women have the same problem and many opt for breast reduction surgery.

We understand that having overly large breasts can affect self confidence and cause physical discomfort in the form of back and neck pain.  It can make it difficult to find clothes and swimwear to fit properly.

Breast reduction surgery is a simple procedure that can have a profoundly positive affect on self esteem, increase the ability to move freely and exercise, and ensure you feel comfortable with how your body looks. Many of our breast reduction patients say having the surgery has changed their life.

It can result in increased self-confidence and self-esteem and offer you wider choices of bras/swimwear and the ability to wear more fitted clothing.

It will improve posture, reduce backache and increase the ability to participate in sporting activities.

Excessively large breasts can make a woman physically uncomfortable and psychologically distressed. Physical and emotional problems may include:

  • skin problems
  • bad posture
  • excessive sweating and rashes
  • backaches
  • neck pains
  • shoulder ache
  • infections under the breasts
  • weals or grooves on the shoulders from bra straps
  • inability to exercise
  • inability to participate in sports
  • inability to find clothes that fit properly
  • depression
  • harassment
  • unwanted attention
  • self-consciousness
  • lack of self-esteem

Your expert nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection will discuss all of your options and answer any questions or concerns you have about the procedure while assisting you with the initial steps toward surgery.

Before your breast reduction surgery you will need to purchase a sports bra to take with you to the hospital – the size will be agreed on with your plastic surgeon and yourself during your consultation. Some women may be required to undergo a mammogram. You will be able to present your size expectations to your plastic surgeon.

Your Profile Perfection nurse counsellor will be available at all times to answer any questions you have post consultation with the surgeon. The surgery plan will be made between you and your plastic surgeon, but the final decision whether to have the surgery is always yours and should not be made in a rush. Contact with your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection is vital through these stages of decision making.

Only make a decision when you are satisfied with the information you have received.

The plastic surgeon will visit you in your room and may mark the breast area with a pen in preparation for your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.

Breast reduction surgery is a commonly performed and straightforward operation which involves reducing the amount of breast and fatty tissues whilst uplifting the breast tissue.

The most popular procedure in breast reduction involves making three incisions. The first incision is made around the areola. The second incision made will run vertically from the bottom edge of the areola all the way to the crease beneath the breast. The third incision made will follow the natural curve of the breast crease. These three incisions will form an anchor shape and is known as the anchor shaped incision technique.

Excess fat, skin, and breast tissue are removed from the breast and the nipple is placed on a much higher position. The areola can also be reduced in size based on the patient’s request.

Nipples and areolas will remain attached to the blood vessels and nerves. This will allow the patient to continue feeling sensation in these areas. Breast feeding ability can also be preserved in this process although it is not a guarantee. There are some cases where the stretched skin, nipples, and areolas are completely removed from the breasts. They are then grafted back into position. If this procedure is done then you may no longer feel sensation in the nipple and areola areas anymore.

Stitches are used to close the incisions made during the surgery. Small tubes are used to drain the blood after the surgery and will be removed after one to two days.

The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic and you will be required to stay in hospital for one to two nights, and to take one to two weeks off work.

Following breast reduction surgery, your surgeon will use standard or dissolvable stitches to close the incisions, dress the area thoroughly and cover this with a specialist sports bra. Your stitches will usually be removed seven days after your operation, but this is not necessary if you have had dissolvable stitches.

You will be advised to wear a sports bra 24 hours a day for between eight and 12 weeks after your operation to ensure that your new breasts are completely supported during the recovery process.

Your plastic surgeon will advise how much time you will require off work (this will be approximately between two to four weeks depending on your occupation), how long you will need to wear your post surgery bra for and when you will be able commence normal activities.  It is normal to experience discomfort following breast reduction and you will be advised to rest when you get home to assist recovery.

It is normal to feel sore and tender and for the area to be swollen and bruised, but all of these symptoms will ease after a few days and should disappear completely a few weeks after your operation.

If you have young children you will need to arrange for someone to help you with them and also with basic household chores for approximately one week.

It is necessary for you to refrain from bathing and showering until you have been seen at the clinic for your first wound check, at approximately seven days.

You will also be asked to sleep on your back for the first few weeks.

It is very important you attend the appointments that have been made for you to care for your wounds and see your plastic surgeon post-operatively.

Please do not wear an underwire bra until you have discussed this with your plastic surgeon and it is advisable to arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital.

You will have your own personal Profile Perfection nurse counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Our nurses advise you to consider the following questions before your surgery:

Your first consultation with your surgeon is very important. You will discuss several issues about your surgery which includes the risks, benefits, and expectations from the procedure. Here are some of the questions you may want to ask your surgeon during your initial visit:

  • How is the breast reduction procedure performed?
  • What is the best way to prepare for the breast reduction surgery?
  • Who qualifies for this kind of surgery?
  • What are the risks involved in this kind of surgery?
  • What are some things that I should expect after the surgery?
  • Will I still be able to feed my baby after the surgery?
  • When can I resume normal activities after the surgery?
  • How long will the effects of the surgery last?
  • Will my insurance firm cover breast reduction surgery?

WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE RECOVERY PERIOD?

Your breasts will be bandaged for support and these bandages must stay on for a day or two in order to help in the support and initial healing. Later on, you will be required to wear a surgical bra everyday for about a month. This will aid in support and healing as well.

WHEN WILL THE BANDAGES AND DRAINAGE TUBES BE REMOVED AFTER THE SURGERY?

After one day or two after the operation, these bandages and drainage tubes will be removed. You are still required to wear a surgical bra everyday for about a month.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?

The recovery time from breast reduction surgery will vary from patient to patient. On average, you may be able to function normally after a day or two. Your breasts may continue to ache occasionally for a few weeks.

WHEN WILL THE STITCHES FROM THE SURGERY BE REMOVED?

The stitches will completely dissolve on its own although if there are any clips remaining, they will be removed five days after the day of the surgery.

WILL I HAVE SCARRING AFTER THE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?

Scars from breast reduction surgery will be lengthy and they may take months or even years to heal. The healing time will vary from patient to patient. You must also visit your plastic surgeon from time to time in order to check up on your progress.

IS THERE GOING TO BE BRUISING AND SWELLING AFTER THE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?

There will be bruising and swelling after the surgery and it may last for about two to three weeks.

WILL I EXPERIENCE LOSS OF SENSATION IN MY NIPPLES AND AREOLA AREA?

The sensitivity of the nipples and the lower breast will be different for the first few days after the surgery. This will last for a couple of months. It may vary from patient to patient. Some patients will take longer to feel normal while others can feel normal faster.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY NIPPLES WERE MOVED?

If your nipples have been moved then it is very likely that you will lose sensation of your nipples on a permanent basis.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FLUIDS ARE DRAINED FROM THE WOUND?

It is normal for fluids to be drained from the wound although if there is severe pain or bleeding, you must contact a doctor right away.

ARE MY BREASTS GOING TO FEEL TENDER AFTER THE SURGERY?

Your breasts may ache and feel tender for a few weeks.

HOW CAN I TAKE CARE OF MY CHILDREN AFTER THE SURGERY?

If your children are still small then you need the help of your spouse or of their legal guardian. You may not be able to take care of your children especially right after the surgery.

AM I ALLOWED TO TAKE A BATH AFTER BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?

It is important to keep the breast area clean so that you prevent any infections. You are not supposed to submerge the breasts in the bathtub, a swimming pool, or in any water if it has not completely healed yet.

AM I ALLOWED TO USE DEODORANTS AND LOTIONS AFTER THE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?

You must avoid touching the incisions and applying foreign substances such as lotions and deodorants as much as possible. Always keep the stitched area away from foreign elements in order to avoid infection.

WHAT ARE MENSTRUAL ISSUES THAT I HAVE TO ADDRESS AFTER THE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?

You may experience pain and swelling of your breasts especially on the first onset of menstruation after the breast reduction surgery.

WHEN CAN I START BEING ACTIVE AGAIN?

You must avoid all types of strenuous activity for six weeks and limit your exercises to light walking, stretching, and swimming.

WILL I BE ABLE TO LIFT AND CARRY OBJECTS?

You must avoid lifting and carrying objects for at least a week. It is recommended that you avoid it for even two weeks.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK AND RESUME MY NORMAL DUTIES?

On average, patients may take two weeks to heal before they return to work but this may vary from individual to individual.

WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO FULLY RECOVER FROM THE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?

The full recovery will take about two months. You will regain your strength as you go along.

How long does the treatment take?

Is the treatment painful, and if so, what form of anaesthesia is used?

What type of care will I need after treatment?

Will I need pain relief following treatment?

Will I have swelling or bruising and can these be treated?

Will I need to wear a supportive garment?

These are just some of the commonly asked questions but please feel free to ask your nurse at Profile perfection for more information…

It is important that your decision to have a cosmetic surgery procedure is considered carefully.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your cosmetic surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have.

This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery so that the cosmetic surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Initially you should have a detailed consultation at Profile Perfection to discuss the different types of procedure options available to you, together we can discuss the options of which surgeons are specialised in this type of procedure, organise a consultation with the surgeon.

Once all of your questions and queries have been answered and you are ready to go ahead with the procedure we can start your journey. You will have a high level of support from beginning to end.

Having a procedure can be very daunting and you may feel that you do not know which procedure will be best for you? Which surgeon should I pick? Who will answer all of my questions when I get worried? What questions should l ask the surgeon?

At Profile Perfection we will support you and your decision, guiding you from the initial consultation all the way through to recovery.

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