Natural Results, Minimal Scarring
Every woman has her own view on what makes the perfect breasts, from size to shape. However, if you have oversized breasts that are out of proportion to your frame, then they can have negative physical and emotional effects. Potential problems include a backache, neck pain, poor posture and painful rashes or sweating underneath the breasts. Some women even find their breasts prevent them from doing the exercise they love, or they are left feeling self-conscious from ill-fitting clothes, harassment and unwanted attention.
Fortunately, there are some solutions, and a breast reduction may be the right one for you. Here at 111 Harley St. our surgeons, who are all members of the UK Plastic Surgery Specialists Register, have mastered a variety of different surgical techniques to create smaller, more proportionate breasts with minimal scarring.
A breast reduction can take up to three hours. The technique used to reduce your breasts will depend on a number of things including your individual condition, and breast composition, amount of reduction required, your personal preferences and the surgeon’s recommendations.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make an anchor-shaped incision that encircles the areola, extends downwards and follows the natural curve of the crease below the breast. The surgeon will remove excess glandular tissue, fat and skin before moving the nipple and areola into their new position.
Skin from both sides of the breast is bought up and around the new areola to shape the contour of your breast. Liposuction may be used to remove any excess fat. In most cases, the nipples remain attached to their original blood vessels and nerves. The stitches are usually located around the areola, extending down in a vertical line allow the crease of the breast. In some cases, techniques can be used to eliminate the vertical part of the scar.
Post-operation you will likely experience some fluid drainage, and in some cases, small drainage tubes may be inserted to prevent fluid build-up. These tubes will usually be removed prior to your discharge from the hospital. In order to control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you will be fitted with a support bra which you will need to wear day and night for the next four weeks. There may be a drip in your arm to keep you hydrated, but this is removed once you can consume enough fluids yourself. You are likely to feel tired and sore for a few days after your breast reduction, but you should be up and about within 24-48 hours. You should be able to resume normal activity within three to four weeks and exercise after six.
*All surgery carries risks which may impede your recovery speed. Scarring also varies from patient to patient and depends on lifestyle, genetic, the severity of surgery and skin type.
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