Breast reduction surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure that has both cosmetic and medical applications. Overdeveloped breasts can cause a myriad of uncomfortable physical and psychological problems for affected women.
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What size can my breasts be reduced to?
Each individual case is different, but during your medical consultation our cosmetic surgeons will examine your breasts and discuss realistic cosmetic outcomes.
Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?
If you have overdeveloped breasts that cause you physical discomfort or psychological unease, you may be a potential candidate for breast reduction. The best candidates will possess good overall health and realistic expectations.
A history of irregular mammograms, severe obesity or uncontrolled medical conditions may prevent you from undergoing mastopexy. Following a thorough medical examination, our cosmetic surgeons will be able to determine if breast reduction is right for you.
Will I need to take time off work?
Yes, most patients require 1-2 weeks of recovery time before resuming normal routines. Additionally, you may need to stay under hospital care for the first few days of recovery. Strenuous physical activity should be limited for several weeks.
Will I feel pain afterwards?
It is realistic to anticipate some discomfort or pain during recovery. Some swelling and bruising may persist for several weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with prescription pain medication and a compression garment to minimise discomfort.
What will I look like after surgery?
Immediately following surgery, some swelling and bruising will be visible. These temporary side effects will gradually resolve over the course of several weeks. The final results may not be apparent for a few months.
Will I have any scars?
Permanent scars will be present on your breasts following breast reduction. These scars may initially appear raised and pink or dark brown in colour. Over the course of several months, they will begin to fade and flatten. Scarring is not usually visible outside of a typical bra or bikini top.
Who needs breast reduction surgery?
Electing to undergo breast reduction is a very personal decision. You may benefit from surgery if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
– The size of your breasts causes you emotional distress
– Your breasts are exhibiting significant sagging
– The size of your breasts limits your physical activity
– Your large breasts contribute to chronic neck, shoulder or back pain
What happens during the operation?
Prior to surgery, your breasts will be marked for incision. A general anaesthesia will be administered to sedate you during the procedure. Using a scalpel, your surgeon will make the proper incisions. Excess fat and tissue will be reduced. The remaining underlying tissue will then be reformed and excess skin will be trimmed away. If necessary, the nipple will also be repositioned.
Where will the incision be?
The most common incision pattern involves three incisions. One incision is made around the areola, another runs vertically from the areola to the bottom of the breast crease, while the third incision follows the natural curvature of the breast crease.
Does the surgery carry any risks?
Every surgical procedure carries the risk of complication. These risks will be discussed in-depth during your consultation at Courthouse Clinics. Some risks may include infection, blood clots, unfavourable scarring or undesirable cosmetic outcome.
Can I talk to people who have already had the procedure I´m considering?
Yes, we have a long list of previous patients who would be more than happy to discuss their breast reduction experience with you.
Will the breast reduction be immediately apparent?
Yes, a visible decrease in breast volume will be immediately apparent. Additionally, physical discomfort associated with large breasts should decrease right away. The final results of your procedure will be obscured for several weeks as the breasts heal and swelling resolves.
How much can I expect to pay for breast reduction?
Breast reduction surgery at Courthouse Clinics starts at £5200. We will provide you with additional details during your consultation.