The breast reduction is a type of surgery which reduces the size of the breasts to achieve smaller, firmer, better proportioned breasts. This surgery involves removal of fatty tissue, breast tissue and skin, resulting in smaller, lighter, firmer breasts. The size of the areola can also be reduced. Women with large breasts may suffer discomfort, such as backache, neckache, skin irritation below the breasts and breathing problems, due to this extra weight. Breast reduction results in smaller, better proportioned breasts.
This surgery is not recommended for women wishing to breastfeed after a pregnancy as the flow of milk may be affected. Surgical incisions and the resulting scars will depend upon the amount of breast tissue removed and excess skin.
Surgery is always perfomed under general anaesthesia in an operating theatre and lasts between 2 and 4 hours. The patient is discharged in 24-48 hours. Following breast surgery, the patient may experience tiredness for a few days but will soon be able to carry on as normal and return to work within 2 to 3 weeks. Most discomfort can be easily alleviated by oral medication.
It should be remembered that permanent scars are left following a breast reduction although we do our best to minimize these. In time these scars will become hardly noticeable. The final results last for years although they will vary depending on the quality of the patient’s skin and other factors, such as weight control.