Breast Reduction
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Breast reduction surgery is a commonly performed operation which involves reducing the amount of breast and fatty tissue whilst uplifting the breast. It can have a profoundly positive effect on self esteem, increase the ability to move freely, exercise and ensure you feel comfortable with how your body looks.
About breast reduction

Breast Reduction surgery, also known as mammoplasty, involves removal of excess breast tissue and skin to reduce the overall size of the breast. Reshaping of the breast itself and re-positioning of the nipple creating a higher contour of the breast. Many women can no longer cope with the physical strain that larger breasts can have. Along with the associated discomfort, larger breasts can play a detrimental role in affecting self-esteem.

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Deciding on breast reduction

Having cosmetic surgery is a big decision. People might seek to have cosmetic surgery to solve life problems or during difficult times in their lives when they feel bad about themselves.

These are not good reasons to have surgery.

You are most likely to benefit from breast reduction if one or more of the following applies to you:

• You are self-conscious about the size of your breasts

• You have rashes under your breasts

• You are finding it difficult to stand or sit up in a good position (bad posture)

• Your back and neck ache because of the size of your breasts

• You are getting grooves in your shoulders from your bra straps

Your surgeon will carry out a detailed assessment before deciding if surgery is suitable for you. This will include examining your breasts and will include taking photographs for your medical records. The final decision will be made between you and your Cosmetic Surgery Surgeon.

Preparing for your treatment

Your surgeon will explain how to prepare for your operation. If you smoke, you will need to stop because it increases your risk of chest and wound infection. Smoking can also affect wound healing by depriving the tissues of essential oxygen which will increase the recovery time.

Try to maintain a healthy weight. You are at a higher risk of developing complications if you are overweight.

Regular exercise can help to prepare you for the operation, help you recover and improve your long-term health. Before you start exercising, ask your healthcare team or your GP for advice.

An anaesthetic can make you sick so it is important that you take advice from your pre-assessment nurse.

At your consultation your surgeon will discuss with you what will happen before, during and after your procedure and any pain you might have. You might find it helpful to prepare some questions to ask about the risks, benefits and outcomes to the procedure. This will help to inform you about the procedure so when consenting on the day of admission you are well informed. You will also be given a copy of this consent.

You will need to wear compression stockings during the operation to help prevent blood clots forming in the veins in your legs - deep vein thrombosis (DVT). You will be measured for these on your day of surgery and also on induction in theatre you will be injected with a blood thinning agent to help prevent DVT.
What we do during your surgery

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and can take up to three and a half hours.

Your surgeon will make a cut on the line of the areola (the darker area around your nipple) and a vertical cut underneath your areola. They will remove some of your breast tissue, excess fat and skin and then re-shape your breast and and lift your nipple to a higher position.

A sample of breast tissue will be sent away for histology.

On rare occasions, if your breasts are very large, your surgeon may need to completely detach your nipple and areola before replacing them at a higher position. This is called a free nipple graft.

Your surgeon will close the cuts with dissolvable stitches and use steristrips or surgical glue with a simple dressing to secure. A clinical surgical bra will be applied in theatre for support.

What to expect afterwards

You will have some discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off, but you will be offered prescribed pain relief as required.

This procedure usually involves a two night stay in hospital, however, if you wish to go home earlier, after one night, this can be discussed with your consultant.

After the operation your breasts will feel firm and swollen; this will be monitored by the nursing staff.

Side effects of breast reduction

Please note that as with every procedure, there are some risks associated with breast reduction surgery.

Scarring following this procedure usually fades within a few months. 1 in 10 patients can produce red lumpy scars which usually settle with continuous wearing of provided clinical bra or if persistent, a steroid injection into the area is usually sufficient for it to settle.

• It can be common for the lower half of your cleavage and sides of your breasts to be bruised.

• Asymmetry of the breasts.

• Infection of the surgical site (wound). Prescribed antibiotics are given immediately post operation and on discharge.
•Developing a blood clot, usually in a vein in your leg (deep vein thrombosis). Measured embolitic stockings will be given to you to wear during the operation and following discharge.
• Developing a blood clot in your lung (pulmonary embolus). A blood thinning agent is given on induction in theatre.

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Complications are when problems occur during or after the operation. Complications of breast reduction can include the following:

Collection of Blood or Fluid
Developing a collection of blood (haematoma) or fluid (seroma) inside a breast. You may need another operation to remove the blood or fluid.
Hard Lumps
Developing a hard lump in the breast can be caused by hard fatty tissue.
Numbness or continued pain on the outer part of your breast caused by cutting through the small nerves that supply your skin. Any pain or numbness usually eases within a few weeks but can sometimes continue for many months.
Change in Sensation
Change of breast and nipple sensation. This usually settles within a year but can be permanent.

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Surgical Site Infections

Returning to normal activities

You will be advised to refrain from any gym work, swimming or heavy duty housework for six weeks.

Dealing with young children, ie. lifting out of cots, beds and the car, should be limited and involve family members or friends to help.

If you are a driver, please refrain for two weeks and contact your insurance company.

You should be able to return to work after two weeks. This will be dependent on your type of employment.

What can I do to make my recovery easier?

It’s important that you are as fit and healthy as possible before your operation.

If possible, ask friends or family to stay with you for 2 or 3 days to aid your recovery.

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"Thank you to all at Sancta Maria. Mr Saha, all the nursing staff, hospitality and housekeeping teams for taking excellent care of me these last few days. My care has been exemplary from start to finish. Thank you!! Soon I will be able to start my life again".

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