For some women, having large breasts can be a cause of major discomfort. Health problems such as chronic neck, shoulder and back pain combined with issues exercising or finding the clothes and bras that fit can all lead to women asking whether a breast reduction is right for them.
At Re. Plastic Surgery, breast reductions; a surgical procedure that decreases the size and reshapes the breast is one of the most common procedures. A woman’s breasts may have become larger than desired because of development, pregnancy or breastfeeding. With a short recovery time, low associated risk and an immediate improvement of symptoms, a breast reduction can be a great option for women who feel weighed down by big breasts.
What does a breast reduction involve?
Upon consultation, your surgeon will assess your breast shape and size, your overall body proportions, other possible health issues as well as your desired outcome.
A breast reduction is performed under a general anaesthetic, usually with an overnight stay in the hospital. During the surgical procedure, the surgeon will remove excess breast tissue, reposition the nipple, tighten the skin and reshape the breast.
The recovery process
The first week or so, patients may experience some discomfort, although this is usually well controlled with simple painkillers. Most of the bruising and swelling will resolve within a few weeks and patients generally return to work and light activities within a couple of weeks. By six weeks, patients can return to full exercise and resume wearing an underwire bra.
Breast reduction surgery can be life-changing, with positive effects on both the health and confidence of patients.