Large breasts can often sag due to their weight and nipples can point downwards as a result. Breast reduction surgery is designed to reduce the size and weight of the breasts and as a result breasts are smaller and more lifted after the procedure improving the appearance instantly. Following breast reduction surgery, your breasts should appear in proprotion to your body, whilst also appearing lifted and firmer. The ultimate goal of any cosmetic surgeon is to create natural looking breasts, you can discuss the visual aspects with your surgeon prior to the procedure.

Back, neck and shoulder pain caused by large or oversized breasts can affect people of all ages. The minimum age for breast reduction surgery at Transform is 18. A key consideration when opting to have breast reduction surgery is whether you plan to have children in the future. This is due to the fact a breast reduction may impact your ability to breast feed successfully. For this reason we don’t typically recommend a breast reduction is undertaken prior to having children.

When will I be able to see the results from my breast reduction surgery?

Changes should be visible to you shortly after the breast reduction procedure, but post-op swelling may prevent you from seeing the end result for some time. Although the swelling will slowly decrease over the weeks after your breast reduction surgery, it can take up to six months for your results to be seen. Regular follow up appointments will help you to monitor the progress of your breast reduction surgery and ensure that the incisions are healing well.

What will be discussed at my initial breast reduction consultation?

During the initial breast reduction consultation, you will be able to discuss a number of concerns and have your questions answered by a qualified consultant. In this time, you can address anything from your cosmetic goals, for example, what you ideally want your breasts to look like and whether you are a suitable candidate for the surgery. The consultant will then offer advice based on the size and shape of your breasts.

Be prepared to discuss your medical history with your consultant, as this will contribute to whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the surgery. Come to the consultation with all of the relevant information regarding previous surgeries, drug allergies and any past or present medical conditions. It is also wise to be transparent about any pregnancy plans you have in the future or weight loss goals you have in mind. The consultant will then discuss with you the outcome that you can anticipate as well as any risks or potential complications involved in the procedure.

Where will my breast reduction surgery be performed?

Your breast reduction surgery will take place in one of our state of the art theatres where you will receive the highest level of aftercare. If you live in Scotland, you can choose to have your breast reduction procedure in our London or Manchester based hospitals or in your nearest BMI Healthcare facility.

Will breast reduction surgery leave visible scars?

After a breast reduction surgery, you should expect some degree of scarring. The extent of the scarring will depend on where the incisions were made during the procedure and the type of procedure. The positioning of the scars ensures that they are hidden when you are wearing clothes and after twelve months the scarring should fade significantly. Some of the scars will be concealed along the crease of the breast, but parts of the scar will remain visible.

Will I still be able to breast feed following a breast reduction?

Breastfeeding may still be an attainable goal following breast reduction surgery and all efforts will be made to preserve milk producing tissue during the procedure. However there is a level of risk that breast feeding following a breast reduction may not be achievable. Such risks and concerns will be discussed in depth by your consultant at your initial consultation.

How will my breast reduction be impacted by future weight loss / gain?

The size and shape of your breasts should remain consistent but this cannot be guaranteed should you gain or lose a significant amount of weight in the future. Excessive weight gain or weight loss may result in fluctuations in the shape and size of your breasts. This will be covered in your consultation but if you have any specific weight goals in mind or concerns surrounding pregnancy, you should discuss this prior to the procedure with your consultant.

Will reduction surgery correct my uneven breasts?

If you have one breast larger than the other, you may be a good candidate for a breast reduction procedure. While it is common to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if there is a significant difference in size, it may be possible to create a more even appearance by having a breast reduction and reducing the size of the larger breast.

What is a nipple graft?

During the breast reduction procedure, a nipple graft may take place depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed from the breast. Once the breast is reformed in the desired size and shape, the nipple is positioned in the optimum location and grafted back into place.

Will my breast lose sensitivity following a reduction?

In some cases, symptoms can occur after breast reduction surgery including loss of nipple sensitivity. Potential side effects and recovery steps will be discussed at length during your pre-surgery consultations.

Will I be required to have additional surgery following a breast reduction?

Women who have a breast reduction surgery are generally satisfied with the appearance of their breasts and enjoy the increased comfort levels that come with smaller breasts and no further surgical procedures are required. Unlike other breast procedures where implants need to be replaced, a breast reduction or mammoplasty shouldn't require follow up procedures to maintain the appearance. Unless you become pregnant or gain a significant amount of weight after a breast reduction, the shape and size of your breasts should remain the same.

If you’re considering a breast reduction, book a free consultation with one of our Patient Care Co-ordinators. You’ll be able to talk about the whole process in complete confidence. You can then have a free, no obligation consultation with one of our breast reduction surgeons before making any decisions. 

Also, take a look at our step-by-step guide to see how we’ll be with you at every stage, including our comprehensive aftercare. 

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