A breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery technique designed to reduce the size of the breasts.
Many women struggle with excessively large breasts, which can lead to physical discomfort, as well as issues with confidence. A breast reduction can greatly help to improve quality of life and has one of the highest satisfaction scores of any procedure.
So, what exactly is a breast reduction, and what can you expect when you book the procedure with Mr Horlock? Discover everything you need to know in this useful blog.
What is a breast reduction procedure?
Breast reduction surgery is carried out using general anaesthesia and can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete. Various surgical methods exist for reducing the size of the breasts. These include the removal of surplus skin and fat, as well as the reshaping of your breasts and the repositioning of the nipples. A breast reduction can also address unevenness or imbalance between your breasts.
Each technique leads to scarring around the areola (the pigmented region surrounding the nipple) and may cause additional scarring. The optimal approach will be determined through a consultation with your surgeon.
Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?
As with any cosmetic surgery, certain factors determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Generally, those who are in good health, maintain realistic expectations, and are non-smokers make excellent candidates for a breast reduction.
Any woman with excessively large, sagging breasts can be considered for breast reduction. While there are no stringent limitations, various techniques for the procedure may be employed based on a person’s unique anatomy.
What should I ask during my consultation?
With any surgical procedure, it is essential for patients to ask questions before the scheduled surgery date. During your initial consultation, come prepared with a list of questions for your surgeon such as:
- Are you board certified?
- Can I see before and after pictures of procedures you have carried out?
- What are the risks and complications of a breast reduction?
- What can I expect from the recovery process?
By asking as many questions as possible, it helps to prepare you for the procedure, and also determine if it is right for you.
Do I need to prepare for a breast reduction?
If you want the breast reduction surgery to be a success, there are various things you can do to prepare. Most importantly, you’ll want to maintain a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.
If you have specific health issues, such as diabetes, you should also strive to manage them before going under the knife. Most surgeries involving anaesthesia require patients to quit smoking at least one month before and after the procedure.
General guidelines also include modifying or taking specific medications and abstaining from aspirin, certain herbal supplements, and anti-inflammatory drugs, as they may contribute to increased bleeding.
Your cosmetic surgeon will address these matters and provide further guidance before your surgery. To determine if a breast reduction is suitable for you, book a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock today.