Breast reduction is a treatment for large breasts, which can cause physical, social and psychological discomfort to patients. When breast reduction surgery is carried out to reduce the weight of the breast, it may provide relief from distressing symptoms.
Women with large breasts are suitable for breast reduction if they are physically fit and psychologically stable. It is a major surgical procedure and should not be considered lightly.
The breast reduction surgery is carried out in one of our partner hospitals in Liverpool or Southport/Ormskirk, under general anaesthesia and 1 or 2 nights stay in hospital is usually required. Recovery from breast reduction surgery usually takes 2 to 4 weeks.
Many patients enquire about breast reduction surgery cost; when considering any surgery cost, it is best to telephone the clinic to discuss your requirements, as costs may vary depending on the exact procedure. Breast reduction costs may vary from clinic to clinic, but it is vitally important to consider the qualifications and experience of the surgeon as well as quality of aftercare provided by the clinic.
Breast reduction at North West Cosmetic Surgery (Sthetix) is exclusively performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeons. We provide direct consultations with a Consultant Plastic Surgeon who specialises in cosmetic breast surgery. We follow the BAAPS guidelines and provide a full consultation for our patients followed by a 2 week cooling off period. We always offer a second consultation before proceeding with any surgery.
Your chosen surgeon will discuss the procedure, its limitations and potential risks and complications with you. You will also get a chance to explain your expectations of breast reduction surgery.
The surgery involves measuring and marking the breast prior to the surgery. Once you are asleep, the surgeon will remove the required amount of tissue from each breast and move the nipple to the new position, the breast is then stitched with dissolving stitches and dressings will be applied. Drains may be used and will be removed before you are discharged from the hospital. The scars from this surgery are usually `anchor shaped` but can be a different shape depending on the type of breast reduction carried out.
Risks and potential complications:
All surgical procedures carry risks. Risks of breast reduction include haematoma (collection of blood), infection, lumpy or wide scars, loss of sensation, asymmetry, dog ears, loss of skin, loss of a nipple, DVT and PE (a serious and potentially life threatening complication) etc. Smokers and patients with a high BMI are at a higher risk than the general population. Ideally, patients who smoke should stop smoking well before surgery and it is also advisable to try and achieve a healthy weight before the surgery is carried out.
Following your surgery, you will be given detailed instructions about the care you need to exercise. You will have the ability to get in touch with us any time, day or night should the need arise.
We operate a lifetime aftercare policy, and you will be followed up by the surgeon who performed the surgery until you are fully healed. In the event of a complication which is directly the result of your surgery, and can be corrected by surgery, we will provide treatment, where possible, free of cost to you for upto a year from the date of your surgery.
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