Breast Reduction – Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re considering breast reduction surgery but require more information, check out the breast reduction FAQs below for some answers to common questions…
What’s the first step with breast reduction?
You will have a consultation with your chosen surgeon who will discuss what you want to achieve and explain their recommendations to you. They will measure your body to determine the optimum size for you and evaluate your medical history and general health. X-rays or mammograms may also be taken and in some cases blood tests will be performed. Once these have been completed they will talk you through how they plan to perform the procedure.
Is breast reduction painful?
You will be prescribed medication to ease any pain or discomfort following the operation. You may experience some swelling after the procedure and bruising as a result, the longevity of the swelling and level of discomfort varies according to the individual but generally speaking, it won’t last much longer than around 2 weeks.
When will I see the result of the breast reduction?
You should be able to see the difference in your breasts instantly following the procedure, especially if your size was hugely reduced. There will be some inevitable swelling in the first couple of weeks after the operation but once this has gone down you should be able to clearly see the difference. If the swelling is severe and lasts longer than the first couple of weeks then you should seek medical advice.
Are there any complications with breast reduction?
As with any surgery, there are some risks with this operation. Breast reduction complications can occur if there is problems with the wound causing infection or the fat in the area die from a lack of blood supply – it then drains from the incision and takes on an orange colour. Immediate treatment is needed for this in case an infection develops. Other breast reduction complications include variable scarring and a very small risk of loss of the nipple.
How long will it last?
Breast reduction is permanent provided your weight is stable. Once you have the operation, unless there are any complications, you won’t have to go back for any more surgery.