We recently wrote a post that looked at one of the most common types of cosmetic surgery in the UK: breast augmentation surgery. It’s estimated that thousands of these procedures take place every single year – it’s not unlikely to know someone that has had breast implants.
However, there is another type of surgery involving the breasts that is happening more than ever before, although it isn’t as commonly talked about in the media as breast implants. We’re talking about breast reduction surgery.
So what exactly does this type of procedure involve? Why is it carried out? As a cosmetic skin clinic with expertise in cosmetic breast surgery, we’re here to shed some light on the subject.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is carried out to reduce both the weight and volume of the breasts. It’s an operation that involves fat, glandular tissue and skin being removed before they are reshaped and the nipples repositioned. It’s usually done under general anaesthetic.
Many women opt for breast reduction surgery after experiencing physical discomfort from large and heavy breasts, something that can affect their everyday life. It’s not uncommon for women with larger breasts to experience problems such as back pain, neck pain, or irritation underneath.
Generally, we say that you’ll need at least one week of recovery time at home. This means that you will have to take time off work or studying. Some people may need more time than this – everyone will heal differently. You’ll be advised on this when you go to your follow up appointment, in which your doctor will check how you’re healing.
Physical activity is discouraged for at least one month – you need to give your body the time to heal without risking another injury. This also includes avoided any heavy lifting!
Any Complications to Watch Out For?
As with any operation or procedure, there are always risks or complications that could arise. Breast reduction surgery is carried out without any problems every single day. However, there are certain side effects that you should be aware of. These include:
- Loss of skin around the nipple
- Numbness of the breast
- Ability to breastfeed may be reduced
- Breast and nipple sensation
The chances of experiencing side effects such as the ones above are slim, but you should contact a medical professional if you think it has happened to you.
Not only do we specialise in surgical procedures such as breast augmentation and reduction, we also perform non surgical treatments such as lip and dermal fillers.
So whether you want to contact us to discuss getting breast implants or dermal fillers in Belfast, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 01481 736699 and our expert team will be happy to make an appointment.