The aim of breast reduction surgery is to remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to create a more proportioned look. Large breasts can cause neck and back pain while making exercise a massive challenge. Not to mention how it can impact your comfort while you sleep. Breast reduction is major surgery. When your breasts feel too big for your body, you can feel out of balance, and it can be hard to find clothes that fit. A reduction in breast size can improve confidence, decrease physical discomfort, and boost emotional wellbeing.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is also known as reduction mammaplasty. If you feel out of proportion, the idea of getting your breast size reduced has probably popped into your mind. Maybe you struggle to exercise comfortably, find clothes that fit, experience pain, or feel self-conscious about the size of your breasts. Whatever the reason, a breast reduction can help you look more in proportion and alleviate neck and back pain.
During the operation, your surgeon will remove extra fat, skin, and tissue from the breasts. The nipples are then lifted, and the breast is reshaped into a smaller size. There are different ways you can perform breast reductions. Depending on the method you use, the scar may be in a slightly different place. No matter which surgery works best for you, you can rest assured that the scarring won’t be visible in bikini tops, bras, or your everyday clothes.
What Happens During Your Breast Reduction Surgery Consultation?
At Harley Clinic, we conduct a thorough assessment to develop a bespoke treatment and recovery plan. This includes a complete exam and analysis. Your doctor will formulate a treatment plan and talk you through the entire process, risks, and potential side effects. It’s your surgeon’s job to answer all of your questions so that you feel completely ready for your surgery and recovery journey.
How Long to Recover from Breast Reduction Surgery?
After the surgery, you will wake up with bandaging and will probably have drains attached to each breast. You will be observed for a few hours and given instructions on how to change your bandages and empty the drains. You will need to rest for two weeks. It’s normal to experience soreness, swelling, and tenderness in the first few days.
In about ten days following your surgery, your stitches will be removed. After approximately one month, you will start to feel like yourself again as your body heals. It’s important to remember that you are still recovering in the first few months. You will feel better and stronger each day. At 6-8 months, the breasts will fully settle, and your scars will begin to lighten.
Large breasts can cause back, and neck pain and make it difficult to find clothes that really fit. Breast reduction surgery can reduce the size, increase confidence, and alleviate pain associated with large breasts.
How Many Sizes Can You Go Down With Breast Reduction Surgery?
One of the most common questions we hear from patients is how many cup sizes can you go down?
Several factors play a part in how many sizes you can go down. This includes how much volume you have to lose, the shape of your breasts and the technique your plastic surgeon uses. In general, you can expect to lose one or two cup sizes.
The main reason that very large breasts can’t go down to an A or B cup is the blood supply around the nipple during surgery. If you remove too much from the breast, it could result in nipple or tissue death. The size you can go down is unique to each person, based on the amount of tissue you have. During your consultation, we will talk about everything you need to know and give you a realistic idea of what you can expect to lose.
4 Things to Know Before Breast Reduction Surgery
If you’re considering getting breast reduction surgery, here are four things you should know before the procedure.
1. You Will Need Some Downtime
The surgery itself lasts a few hours, and typically patients go home the same day or the next morning, at the latest. You will probably feel tired and sore after the surgery. Although it’s a good idea to get up and move around regularly, you will need a few days off work to recover.
2. Be Realistic About Your Results
A good plastic surgeon will set a realistic expectation of what you can expect. Because the size you can go down to depends on your current size, composition, and goals, your plastic surgeon will determine the best plan for you. It’s unlikely that you will go from a G to an A cup.
3. Your Breasts Will be Lifted Too
During breast reduction surgery, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin, fat and tissue. As the nipple is repositioned to a higher point, naturally, your breasts will look lifted too. If you’re worried about sagging and size, you can see why a breast reduction is a popular option.
4. You Should be Fit and Healthy
Patients who are physically fit and healthy tend to recover more quickly from plastic surgery. Operating on patients who are overweight with a BMI of over 30 can carry a serious risk. Being relatively fit and healthy puts you in a good position for recovery before the surgery.
What are the Potential Risks and Complications of Breast Reduction Surgery?
Potential risks and complications of breast reduction surgery include but are not limited to:
- Anaesthesia risks
- Fluid accumulation
- Breast asymmetry
- Poor wound healing and scars
- Breastfeeding complications
- Partial or total loss of nipple
For some people, large breasts can really impact your quality of life. Strenuous exercise and activities can prove difficult, and this may affect both your physical and mental health. Women with large breasts often experience headaches and back pain. If you’re looking to reduce your breasts’ size and boost your confidence, breast reduction surgery may be the right solution for you.