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How do you prepare for breast reduction surgery?| A guide to breast reduction surgery preparation

How do you prepare for breast reduction surgery?| A guide to breast reduction surgery preparation


According to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), breast reduction was one of the most popular surgeries for women and saw the highest annual rise since 2004 (up by 120%). There are many reasons why somebody may want to undergo breast reduction surgery, including helping with their mental health, and alleviating shoulder, back or neck pain. However, before embarking on this transformative journey, it is crucial to thoroughly prepare for the surgery.

This guide will explore the type of patient that is suitable for breast reduction, and how they should prepare for the surgery and aftercare.

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What makes someone an ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is a significant decision, and not everyone is an ideal candidate for the procedure. Ideal candidates typically share several common characteristics. This includes those with large or droopy (ptosis) breasts who are looking for a reduction.

diagram showing breast reduction

One of the primary reasons for considering breast reduction surgery is the presence of physical discomfort and pain caused by large breasts. Candidates often experience neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as skin irritation and rashes beneath the breasts. Additionally, they may find it challenging to maintain proper posture.

Suitable candidates for breast reduction surgery include those with clear aims with what they want the surgery to achieve (for example, a particular size or goal). For men looking to undergo male breast reduction surgery (Gynaecomastia), this might be to create a more masculine appearance to boost their confidence.

As poor health can affect the final outcome, non-smokers are the preferable candidates for breast reduction, or those willing to quit smoking for a specified period before and after the plastic surgery.

To find out more about breast reduction surgery, read this expert guide.

How should you prepare for breast reduction surgery?

Preparation is a crucial aspect of ensuring a successful breast reduction surgery. For smokers, it is recommended to quit smoking three months before the surgery, and during the recovery aftermath. Also, avoid taking aspirin and any other anti-inflammatory pain medication, as this can increase bleeding. During the consultation, your specialist plastic surgeon and medical team will be able to provide you with information on what not to eat prior to the breast reduction surgery.

Before the surgery, prepare your home for a comfortable recovery. Stock up on necessary supplies, including loose-fitting clothing, pillows, and any prescribed medications, and create a cosy and accessible space where you can rest and recover.

How to prepare for after the surgery

Breast reduction patients should typically allow for at least two weeks for recovery. For the first four days, ensure you take it easy and rest. After five days, you can start gently exercising and building up activity if there is little pain. You should avoid driving until you are completely free of pain and restriction. Full recovery should be expected anywhere from four to six weeks.

As you will need to rest after breast reduction surgery, it is important to prepare for this period. Ensure you have somebody to help you during the first week, especially if you need to drive anywhere. It is recommended to book time off work, preferably in the first two weeks, to relax, or implement a hybrid working schedule. Ensure you wear comfortable bras with no wiring, and bring a soft sports bra to the hospital in the reduced size.

Most importantly, choosing the right cosmetic surgeon is vital for a successful breast reduction procedure. Research and consult with a plastic surgeon specialising in breast reduction, and ensure they have sufficient experience in cosmetic and plastic surgery.

Contact Stephen McCulley today to find out more about breast reduction surgery.

What happens during the breast reduction consultation?

Your consultation is an important step of breast reduction preparation, as it allows you to discuss the procedure with your surgeon and ask any questions. Ensure you communicate your desired breast size and shape to create a bespoke surgical plan that aligns with your goals.

During this time, your specialist surgeon may request your medical records, mammograms, or other diagnostic tests to assess your health and breast condition.

Find out more about what to expect during a breast surgery consultation here.

Are there any cosmetic risks of breast reduction to consider?

Although breast reduction is generally a routine procedure, patients may want to consider certain potential risks before the surgery. This includes nipple loss, which is less than 0.5%, loss or altered nipple sensation, which occurs in 20% of patients, and losing the ability to breastfeed, occurring in 50% of patients. These complications may vary depending on the patient’s health, age and if they smoke.

Achieving perfect breast symmetry can be challenging. While skilled surgeons aim for balance, slight differences in breast size, shape, or nipple position may occur. The surgical procedure will also result in a scar; however, the plastic surgeon will discuss this during the consultation and will consider the cosmetic outcome when making an incision.

Risks and complications can be discussed during the breast reduction consultation with your surgeon. Consider preparing a list of questions before the consultation to ensure you ask all relevant queries.

Contact Stephen McCulley today to book your breast reduction consultation.

Who is Stephen McCulley?

Stephen McCulley works extensively as a cosmetic, reconstructive, and plastic surgeon, offering patients the latest cosmetic and plastic surgery techniques. This includes breast enlargement, oncoplastic breast surgery, and breast reconstruction and reduction.

“After my consultation with Mr McCulley, I felt happy and confident to go through with the procedure, and since having the operation, I am really pleased with the results.”

Read more breast reduction testimonials here.

During the consultation, our medical team will discuss your procedure in length, providing overall information on the surgery and aftercare.

For more information, contact Stephen McCulley to book your consultation.

Frequently asked questions

Do you need to undergo any tests before a breast reduction surgery?

Patients may be asked to undergo blood tests, pregnancy tests and other health checks to confirm they are suitable for breast reduction surgery. This may also include mammograms for older patients.

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