There are a lot of benefits to having a breast reduction carried out, and we generally tend to think of these as physical and psychological.
In terms of physical, the most obvious benefit is to have the size of the breast reduced. We generally tend to agree with the patient before having the surgery in terms of which size they like to be after the procedure.
In terms of psychological benefit, the social stigma is often removed, and people find this much more comfortable when they tend to interact socially.
There are very few don’ts after this procedure. Doctors recommend not to do any heavy lifting or exercise for two weeks after surgery. Most of the patients worried about severe pain after surgery. In fact, the procedure is very well tolerated.
In terms of do’s, we generally tend to advise patients immediately after the surgery to take some relatively light painkiller and to wear a sports bra for six weeks after the surgery.
From the simplest end of the spectrum, the operation can involve liposuction. We tend to use these in women who don’t need the breast position changing and who need small decreases in the breast volume.
This surgery is also functional in women who have a tendency to form bad scars. Most patients require a formal breast reduction, which involves an anchor-shaped scar.
The real advantage of this technique is that as well as actually reducing the size of the breast, can also combine that with an uplift. The position of the nipple can be decided between the doctor and the patient.
Most of the operations require a general anesthetic, and most of the patients have the procedure carried out as a day case, and so they can leave the hospital the same day.