Large breasts can have a significant functional as well as psychological effect on people’s lives. Neck pain, back pain, rashes, difficulty finding clothes and unwanted attention can all be an issue for girls or ladies with large breasts (breast hyperplasia) and the breast reduction cosmetic procedure constitutes the improvement of the quality of life.
This operation aims to make your breast smaller by removing breast tissue. Additionally it re-positions the nipples higher on the breast. Scars are created around the nipple, vertically as well as under the breast and patients must accept the size of these scars. The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic, surgical drains are used each side and patients usually stay in hospital for 2 nights.
This operation is associated with vast improvements in physical symptoms and psychological well-being. It should be noted, however, that an absolute cup size cannot be guaranteed.
The surgery can take anything up to 3 hours depending on the complexity and severity of the problem. Drains are usually inserted on each side, and these will normally stay in for 1-2 days so be prepared for a couple of days in hospital.
As with any medical procedure, complications can occur following surgery and patients need to be fully aware of their safety. Plastic Surgeon at Lesprit Medical Clinic does his utmost to minimise the possible complication associated with the procedure. You will be advised during your consultation on the most common complications and possible adverse effects following your procedure.
You will usually be in hospital for two nights. The wounds will be dressed with brown surgical tape (micropore). This is to stay in place for at least two weeks. You will be able to shower the day after you leave hospital and then it is important to pat the tape dry with a towel then use a hairdryer on a warm setting to dry the tape off. In addition you will need to wear a sports bra for 8 weeks night and day. You will usually need to take 3 weeks off work and will return to normal within 6-8 weeks.
Your recovery period and post-operative care will be explained to you in detail during your consultation. The recommendations will be specifically tailored to your individual case and type of surgery carried out. You will be advised about basic steps to take such as taking or avoiding certain medication, sleeping position, driving, exercise or time off work, make up and other procedure-specific care.
Patients repeatedly report how happy they are with the results of this type of surgery and they accept the scarring involved as well as the recovery period.
Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Lesprit Medical Clinic strongly advises you stop smoking prior to surgery as smoking can greatly impair your ability to heal and increase complication rates. Nutritional supplements, anticoagulant medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, (like Brufen, Voltaren, etc.), or any other blood thinning drug which increases the bleeding should be stopped prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed.