Breast reduction surgery, otherwise known as mammoplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of large breasts. This procedure reduces the volume of the breast, balancing your body’s proportion and reducing the health problems associated with overly large breasts.
What does breast reduction surgery involve?
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthetic meaning that that you will spend approximately two nights in hospital.
Every surgeon will have a preferred technique, however, the basics of breast reduction involve removing excess breast tissue, reshaping your breasts and repositioning your nipples which will enhance their ‘pert’ appearance.
During the consultation, your surgeon will discuss the process and technique involved. They will also be able to show you where the incisions will be made.
Benefits of breast reduction
Breast reduction surgery not only improves aesthetic proportion but also relieves a variety of symptoms ranging from backache to skin irritation. Supporting the weight of your breasts alone can lead to symptoms like chronic back and shoulder pain and poor posture. Breast reduction surgery is one of the most rewarding cosmetic procedures which has the potential to seriously improve quality of life not only for aesthetic reasons but also for a multitude of health reasons.
Recovery after surgery
Recovery after breast reduction can vary but as a general rule, full recovery can take anywhere between two to six weeks. We recommend that you resume normal day-to-day activities after about two weeks. It is very important to rest during this time and limit any movement that requires lifting your elbows above your shoulders.
This article was written by The McIndoe Centre, in collaboration with Paul Banwell BSc MB BS FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Plast) Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. All information, advice and procedures were updated on 17th September 2019.