Breast Reduction - The Lotus Institute, Southport

Breast Reduction

Although large breasts are deemed preferable by some in our society, for some women the back, neck and shoulder problems that come with overly large breasts can leave them feeling very uncomfortable. Large breasts can often make it difficult to play sport, find clothes that fit appropriately and simply cause excessive sweating and rashes.

It is an honour for our surgeons to be able to provide an option for women who are feeling demoralized due to the size of their large breasts. Our patients often tell us that after their breast reduction surgery they feel more self-confident and have a higher self-esteem.

What is a breast reduction?
A breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, can help you reduce the weight and volume of your breasts. It involves removal of the fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, followed by reshaping and repositioning of the nipples.

Who would be considered for breast reduction surgery?
Candidates for breast reduction surgery include women who feel like their breasts are disproportionate to their body’s size, have unequal breasts, or suffer from back, neck and shoulder pain. Heavy breasts might also result in an inability to participate in various physical activities. You might also be considered for the surgery if you suffer from skin irritation or poor posture.

How scars from breast reduction surgery can be minimised?
Scars are a common side effect of breast reduction surgery but their appearance and visibility largely depends on what you’re trying to achieve. They can be minimised with the proper surgical approach and post-operative care, including avoiding infection.

What can you expect after your breast reduction operation?
During your breast reduction recovery you might experience some pain or discomfort. You’ll need to keep the dressing on the wounds for a set period of time during the recovery process. Your stitches will be dissolved or removed after a couple of weeks. The scars might be quite red for the first month or so after the surgery, but they will quickly turn darker and heal with time.

What are the potential risks associated with this surgery?
The potential complications associated with a breast reduction surgery include scarring, uneven shape of the nipples or the breast, as well as wound healing issues. You might experience loss of sensation in your nipples, or even suffer inability to breastfeed. All of your concerns will be addressed by your surgeon.

What are the pre-operation requirements?
You need to schedule a pre-operation appointment with your doctor to discuss the operation. Your surgeon will take blood work to check your blood cell counts. You should refrain from smoking, as it will increase your risk of necrotic tissue and nipple loss. You should also avoid taking any medications, such as Aspirin and supplements that might inhibit the clotting process, as well as any consumption of vitamin E. Your doctor might also advise you get a mammogram, especially if you’re over 35 years old.

How much does a breast reduction cost?
The price of our plastic surgery services will largely depend on your unique case. Costs includes the surgeon’s fees, as well as all necessary pre- and post-operational care, anaesthetic and theatre fees. Indicative pricing will be discussed upon completion of your initial consultation.

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