Breast Reduction

Some of the reasons for having a Breast Reduction:

  • Discomfort from heavy breasts
  • Often backache from having to support the extra weight
  • Shoulder marks from the pressure of bra straps
  • Difficulty in buying clothes due to disproportion
  • Difficulty in purchasing underwear
  • Inability to wear strappy tops or even the choice to not wear a bra
  • Desire to look better in your clothes and swimwear

Breast Reduction explained

A breast reduction operation involves reducing the amount of breast tissue while uplifting the breast tissue at the same time. In order to achieve the desired outcome, the nipples will need to be upwards. During the early months, the scarring will be permanently visible and pink, but will gradually fade to faint white lines of scar tissue. Your surgeon will discuss the actual shape of the scar with you. Patients that have undergone breast reduction surgery often say they are so happy with the result that the scarring becomes less significant.

Normally a breast reduction can take 2½ hours to complete. However, this is dependent on your size. The operation will always be carried out under general anaesthetic.

Following the breast reduction, it is unlikely that you will be able to breast feed as during the procedure the nipple has been separated from most, if not all the underlying breast tissue. Total or partial loss of sensitivity of the nipple may result as well as numbness of part of the breast. You will be required to wear a sports bra, 24-hours a day for a period of three months to keep the breasts supported while healing takes place and to ultimately give the best possible results.

Before your surgery

You may be required to lose weight prior to surgery to give you the best cosmetic result as well as to reduce post-operative complications. You will be advised to stop smoking.

You will be advised to buy a sports bra and bring it with you to the hospital on the day of surgery. These are also available from our rooms.

The day of your surgery

Dr Kelly will visit you in the ward to mark your breasts in preparation for surgery as well as take photos. You will also be required to give your final consent for the procedure. If you have any last minute questions for Dr Kelly, it is important to ask them at this time.

When you wake up from the surgery you can expect to experience pain - you will be prescribed appropriate pain relief.

On your return to the ward you will be aware that you are bandaged and have a drain in each breast. These drains will be removed before your discharge from hospital. You can expect to be in the hospital overnight.

Going home

Dr Kelly will advise you in relation to how long to stay off work, how long to wear your bra and when you can commence normal activities.

You will need someone to look after you to relieve you of your general chores, such as shopping, household activities and childcare. Please be aware that you will feel tired for the first few weeks following your surgery. Once your scars have healed, you will be able to resume normal sexual activity. You will be able to return to gym after 6 weeks.

It is important to keep the wound dry and leave all the dressings intact until you return for your first dressing change a week after the procedure.

It is important that you attend the appointments, which have been made for you.

Benefits of Breast Reduction

  • Increased overall self-confidence
  • Wider choice of bras/ swimwear
  • Improvement in posture
  • The ability to wear more fitted clothing