Friday, December 7, 2012

Breast Reduction Surgery: Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re unhappy with the size of your chest, breast reduction surgery might be the right option for you. It’s available at clinics across the UK and can dramatically improve your confidence, so let’s find out more. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

What happens during a breast reduction procedure?
During a breast reduction – which is medically known as a mammoplasty – fat, glandular tissue and skin is removed from the chest. Each boob is then reshaped to form a smaller cone of breast tissue and the nipples are repositioned as necessary.

What happens after the surgery is complete
After surgery, you’ll normally be taken to a special part of the clinic, where you’ll be monitored by highly-trained staff. Your dressings will be changed accordingly and you might be asked to wear a surgical bra to help with recovery. Many patients are let home the same day, but there’s usually no need to worry if you have to stay longer

How long will it take to recover?
Of course, every patient is different, but it should only take a few weeks for the swelling and bruising to subside. Stitches will normally dissolve and if any clips have been removed, they’ll be taken out as soon as possible. The incision wounds will take longer to heal and will probably leave small scars – but these should become less visible with time.

Who will carry out the boob job?
Like a breast enlargement procedure a reduction requires skill and concentration, so it’s important to know who will be operating on you. NHS consultants will be registered with the General Medical Council and should hold a license to practice with Britain’s governing body, so don’t be afraid to double check their qualifications and reputation.

What is the benefit of a breast reduction?
According to the NHS Choices website, a large chest can cause many physical ailments including backache, poor posture, shoulder pain, excessive sweating and skin irritations. As a breast reduction decreases the size of the chest, it can often help to ease these problems, so it’s worth finding out more.

Are the results permanent?
The skin and tissue removed will be gone for good, but it’s important to remember that breasts can grow again if you put on weight. They also react to hormonal changes and can grow bigger during pregnancy and the menopause, so it’s wise to keep this in mind before arranging surgery.

If you have a specific question in mind, don’t forget to ask your surgeon at a pre-surgery consultation.

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