Considering breast reduction? Read this
Many people do not understand how large, heavy breasts negatively affect a woman’s physical and emotional wellbeing. At Kinvara Private Hospital, our plastic surgeons are very experienced in breast reduction (also known as reduction mammoplasty), and have helped hundreds of women regain their health.
Why have a breast reduction?
Women who have large, heavy breasts often suffer the following;
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Grooves on the shoulders caused by bra straps
- Skin irritation under the breast
- Unwanted attention
- Lack of confidence
- Difficulty finding clothes that fit properly
- Difficulty exercising
- General discomfort and poor of quality of life
It is well recognised that breast reduction surgery produces one of the highest rates of patient satisfaction due to the relief of pain, discomfort and improvement in quality of life.
If you are feeling distressed about the size of your breasts, it is really important to speak to a specialist and find out if surgery is the right option for you. For the majority of women, this procedure is the best option to alleviate their symptoms.
What is involved with breast reduction?
It is a common procedure at Kinvara Private Hospital and involves removal of excess breast tissue and skin. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and many patients can return home later the same day.
This video is live surgery of Mr Karri performing a breast reduction – and explaining the process:
Are there any risks?
All surgical procedures however big or small present risks, but your surgeon will talk through all the risks involved with breast reduction, such as:
- Bleeding/ haematoma
- Delayed healing
- Blood supply to the nipple interrupted
- Loss of feeling in nipple
- Risks associated with general anaesthesia
Your surgeon at Kinvara Private Hospital will make sure you are fully informed before you make any decision to go ahead.
How fast will I recover from breast reduction?
Breast reduction is performed under general anaesthetic and patients can return home the same day or stay in overnight.
At Kinvara Private Hospital we are completely patient-focussed and our surgeons use breast reduction techniques that allow a quick and comfortable recovery.
You will need to take around two weeks off work, but your surgeon will advise you. It is really important that you carefully follow all instructions after surgery.
Can men have breast reduction surgery?
Yes, breast reduction is also performed on men who have developed breasts (a condition known as gynaecomastia). Gynaecomastia is common amongst teenagers, young adults and much older men. It is believed that gynaecomastia affects 40% – 60% of men in the UK alone.
Our plastic surgeons also treat gynaecomastia using a variety of different surgical techniques.