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Many women feel that their breasts are too large making them extremely self-conscious. Quite often large breasts also cause considerable physical discomfort.
Breast reduction, large breasts, breast operation, smaller breasts
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Breast reduction

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Many women feel that their breasts are too large making them extremely self-conscious. Quite often large breasts also cause considerable physical discomfort. Breast reduction surgery relieves the physical symptoms of backache, shoulder pain from bra straps and intertrigo (rash underneath the breasts).

Women will also be happier with their form, as the breasts will be smaller, more shapely and be in better proportion with the rest of the body.

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What does it involve?

Excess breast tissue is removed and the nipples are repositioned.

The operation results in scars around the nipple-areola, vertically downwards on the breast and horizontally in the crease underneath the breast.

Drainage tubes are frequently used and are removed within a short period of time.

The operation is usually performed under general anaesthesia and often requires an overnight stay in hospital.

Is it right for me?

Breast reduction will reduce the size of your breasts to a more manageable size and will be of benefit if you have large breasts that cause you to feel embarrassed and suffer physical discomfort.

Breast Reduction surgery is normally performed when the breasts are fully developed (usually after the age of 16).

You should also wait for at least one year following pregnancy and breast feeding before having the surgery.

What are the risks?

Complications are RARE, but you should be aware of them so that you can make an informed decision.

Every operation carries with it the risk of bleeding, infection and delayed healing, all of which may require urgent or early reoperation. In addition, there are risks that are specific to breast reduction surgery.

There may be loss of part or all of the nipples, though this is rare. There may be loss of nipple sensitivity and there may be asymmetry or areas that require further ‘touch-up’ or revision procedures at a later stage.

Furthermore, while every effort is made to achieve your desired bra cup size, this cannot be guaranteed.

Scars may be red and lumpy initially, but eventually soften and fade with time.

They may also, however, stretch and widen with time. Please be aware that if you have dark skin, freckly skin or red hair, there is a greater risk of persistent lumpiness and hypersensitivity in the scars, so-called hypertrophic or keloid scarring.

Breast reduction surgery may also affect your ability to breastfeed. Moreover, future pregnancies may affect the size and shape of your breasts, and further surgery may again be required.