If you are considering Breast Reduction surgery or a Breast Lift, there may be some questions you would like answered.
Essentially, a Breast Lift, or Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The result is not permanent as no surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity. Breast Reduction surgery is similar in many ways to a Breast Lift except as well as lifting the breasts, their volume is reduced.
Breast Reduction surgery is carried out to reduce the size of the breasts.
For many patients, having larger breasts can be uncomfortable and affect self-confidence. Patients with larger breasts often suffer with neck and back pain, sometimes skin irritation under the breast fold and the pressure of bra straps on the shoulders can be uncomfortable which in turn can affect posture.
What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast Reduction surgery is considered major surgery however the risk will depend on the extent of the reduction. The result will achieve a reduction of volume, lifting of the breast and overall a much improved shape to the breasts, it will undoubtedly reduce or alleviate the neck and back pain caused pre-surgery. Patients post breast reduction are often the most satisfied patient group of all due to the frequent major improvements in both the aesthetic and the physical aspects.
The consultation offers an opportunity to discuss the result the patient is looking to achieve, a range of measurements are taken which take into account the body shape and stature of the patient and a realistic expectation is offered.
Risks and Complications
As with all surgery there are potential risks and complications associated, early common complaints can include change in nipple sensation, bruising, swelling, asymmetry in the breasts and oozing, these are all normal and will subside as the breasts heal.
More uncommon complication can include infection, haematoma, seroma and delayed healing however our team of nursing staff monitor the progress of patients for signs of these complications very carefully post operatively and patients are given contact information should they need medical assistance once discharged from the hospital. Nipple sensation and areola loss are uncommon risks however must be considered as do the risks associated with General Anaesthesia such as respiratory issues and Deep Vein Thrombosis. The ability to breast feed can sometimes be compromised and should be considered prior to surgery.
Breast Reduction surgery is carried out under a general anaesthetic involving an overnight stay in hospital.
Breast Reduction surgery is carried out under General Anaesthetic, usually taking around 2-3 hrs in theatre and requires a 1 night stay in hospital sometimes more depending on the extent of the surgery.
During surgery both skin and fatty/glandular tissue are removed, the nipple will be repositioned higher so it is located proportionately to the new breast and the whole breast is lifted onto the chest wall. There are two styles of incision often referred to as the ‘Lollipop’ and the ‘Anchor’. The ‘Lollipop involves incisions around the areola and then down into the fold of the breast, this type of incision would usually be used for a smaller Breast Reduction. Typically the ‘Anchor’ incisions are the preferred option, this involves the same incision around the areola and then moving down and along the breast fold along the natural contour of the breast.