Breast Reduction Surgery

A breast reduction is an operation designed to reduce the size of a breast and raise the nipples to a more normal level. Usually both breasts are reduced but sometimes a small reduction is required on one side only to make both sides more equal in size and shape.

A breast reduction can be performed for both physical and psychological symptoms associated with large breasts. The procedure takes around 2-3 hours and may involve a hospital overnight stay. Most women who undergo the procedure are delighted with their results, though there is a recovery time of a few weeks associated with the procedure.

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Enhance your self-image and self-confidence.

During your in-depth consultation with Mr Shoaib and his surgical team we will take into consideration all aspects of your aims. Together you will decide on the different aspects of your breast reduction surgery, including the profile, projection and width.

To do a breast reduction, scars must be made around the breast. There are several techniques that can be used, but the two most popular are the anchor shape and the lollipop shape. The traditional way to perform a breast reduction leads to scars around the nipple/areolar, down from this to where the breast meets the chest wall and then across from near the armpit to near the most middle part of the breast. This is called the Wise pattern, or anchor scar technique. The lollipop scar technique is also called the vertical scar technique (or short scar technique) and this involves a scar around the nipple/areolar and down from here to where the breast meets the chest wall. Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. The Wise pattern is often used in cases where a large amount of breast tissue is going to be removed; the vertical scar technique leads to a smaller and less noticeable scar, but the chances of revisional surgery to the scar are greater than with the Wise pattern technique.

Your body, your decision.

There are many reasons why women, just like you, choose to have breast reduction surgery, wether its to get back to the shape you were before having children; to bring balance to uneven breast or simply to feel happy with the figure you’ve always wanted.

Whatever your circumstances its important you have as much information as possible to be able to make informed decision on whats right for you.

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Taking Your First Steps

If you are looking to change the size and shape of your breasts, La Belle Forme is able to offer you a comprehensive service that will be tailored to meet your individual needs. From initial consultations through to surgery and aftercare, you can rest assured that you will receive the very highest standards of care and support.

Apart from breast reduction, La Belle Forme has a surgical team experienced in the full range of breast surgeries such as breast augmentation and breast uplift.

Things to know when considering surgery:

Breast Reduction Incisions

To do a breast reduction, scars must be made around the breast. There are several techniques that can be used, but the two most popular are the anchor shape and the lollipop shape.

The traditional way to perform a breast reduction leads to scars around the nipple/areolar, down from this to where the breast meets the chest wall and then across from near the armpit to near the most middle part of the breast. This is called the Wise pattern, or anchor scar technique.

The lollipop scar technique is also called the vertical scar technique and the short scar technique. This involves a scar around the nipple/areolar and down from here to where the breast meets the chest wall. Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages.

The Wise pattern is often used in cases where a large amount of breast tissue is going to be removed; the vertical scar technique leads to a smaller and less noticeable scar, but the chances of revisional surgery to the scar are greater than with the Wise pattern technique and the scar takes around 6 months to smooth out.

Some surgeons will use other shapes of final scar including J or L-shaped scars, or just round scars around the nipple. The best scar for your breast reduction requirement will be best determined by you and your surgeon having a full discussion about what can be done and what can’t be done with the different methods available.

Size Changes

The amount of reduction required can be tailored for the needs of the patient and it is often possible to reduce the breast size to the size requested.

How Much Breast Tissue is Removed?

The amount of tissue that needs to be removed depends on several factors, including the chest size, the current bra cup size and the size requested. After the operation, minor to moderate amounts of bruising and swelling mean that we don’t see the final result for around six months.

It is important to wear a supportive sports bra constantly for a couple of months after the operation, so that the breasts heal in the right position and it is important to remember that changes in breast size may still occur after weight changes, even after the operation.
After your operation, there are some things that can change your breast shape and size as time goes by. These include: weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy, breast feeding and generally getting older.

Risks

The majority of people who have breast augmentation mastopexy are very happy with the results. However, there are risks with any procedure and there are specific problems you should be aware of with breast augmentations and these include (but are not limited to):

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Wound healing delays
  • Nipple hypersensitivity
  • Nerve injury leading to sensory reductions at the nipple
  • Size issues – some women feel they should have been made bigger or smaller after their augmentation procedure
  • Implant palpability
  • Implant wrinkling
  • Implant deflation (in cases of saline implants)
  • Implant migration and movement
  • Implant extrusion
  • Implant rotation (in cases of anatomic implants)
  • Difficulty with mammogram interpretation
  • Changes in the way breast lumps are investigated and treated
  • Capsular contraction (the formation of a hard painful or distorting area of scar tissue around the breast implant)
  • Silicone leakage (in cases of non cohesive silicone gel implants)
  • Galactorrhoea (the inadvertent production of milk)
  • Further surgery: all implants have a life-span that is limited and finite. In many cases, the patient lives longer than the implant. All women with breast implants should therefore prepare themselves for further surgery during the course of their life.
  • All the natural effects of having larger breasts – bra strap marks, drooping of the breast tissue with time, development of prominent veins, etc.

Recovery & Aftercare

Your breast augmentation mastopexy will be performed under general anaesthetic and you will probably stay in hospital overnight but certainly until you are comfortable enough to go home. When you do go home you will need to take pain killers for a few days until the discomfort settles down. The first day of the operation is the worst and you may well need help with day to day activities for a few days.

After the operation, bruising and swelling mean that we don’t see the final result for around six months. It is important to wear a supportive sports bra constantly for a couple of months after the operation, so that the breasts heal in the right position and it is important to remember that changes in breast size may still occur after weight changes, even after the operation.

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