Breast reduction surgery is for patients who experience discomfort from overly large breasts. In just a few hours, a patient can alleviate many years-worth of stress on their body with a procedure that can drastically change both physical and emotional problems caused by breasts that are too big.
Large breasts can cause women to suffer from back, shoulder, and neck pain, as well as skin rashes beneath the breasts. In addition to physical discomfort, many women with overly large breasts also feel self-conscious and lack confidence. Also known as a reduction mammoplasty, this procedure is designed to reduce the size of your breasts while creating a more symmetrical look.
If you are considering a breast reduction and would like to book an appointment to speak with experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr Riccardo Frati, please call Harley Surgery Birmingham at (020) 3633 2619 or complete a form on our website. We look forward to helping you achieve a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing breast size.
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 Bigger isn’t Always Better
- 3 About Breast Reduction
- 4 Benefits
- 5 Candidates
- 6 The Harley Surgery Experience in Birmingham
- 7 Preparation
- 8 Procedure
- 9 Recovery & Results
- 10 Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
- 11 Cost of a Breast Reduction in Birmingham
- 12 FAQ
- 13 References
Before and After Photos
Bigger isn’t Always Better
Larger than average breasts can cause a host of medical issues. The weight of the breasts can cause neck, back and shoulder pain on a daily basis as well as tension headaches due to muscle strain. This can also limit mobility and make it difficult to participate in physical activities.
Having overly large breasts can also be embarrassing and can cause women to feel self-conscious about their bodies. Many women with larger than average breasts try to conceal them with loose fitting clothing and may avoid activities where they will have to expose their chest area. These issues can greatly affect a woman’s quality of life, causing her to feel uncomfortable in her own skin.
About Breast Reduction
Reduction mammaplasty is a popular surgery, with an estimated 500,000 procedures performed every year. (1) The goal of breast reduction is to provide patients with breasts that are in proportion with their body size and shape. Not only will this improve the appearance of their breasts, but it will also help to relieve any of the physical symptoms associated with overly large breasts. A breast reduction will also improve how clothes fit, making them more comfortable to wear.
There are three key goals in reduction mammoplasty: (2)
- To reduce overall breast volume
- To maintain nipple-areola shape
- To achieve an aesthetically pleasing shape
What Happens During Breast Reduction Surgery?
During a breast reduction procedure, excess tissues are removed to create smaller and more proportionate breasts. The nipples are then repositioned to an aesthetic position on the breast mound.
Dr Frati may recommend liposuction for those who are primarily concerned with excess fatty tissue. This method involves the insertion of a cannula under the skin, which is then used to suction away fat deposits. This method is ideal for those who are within their ideal weight range but still have disproportionate breasts.
Breast reduction surgery offers a number of benefits for those with disproportionately large breasts, including:
- Back and shoulder pain reduction
- Posture improvement
- Improved ability to exercise
- Renewed comfort
- Better breast symmetry
- Wider clothing options
- Improved body confidence
Here at Harley Surgery, Dr Frati specialises in performing breast reduction procedures that offer natural-looking results and long-lasting comfort.
Candidates for breast reduction surgery are patients with disproportionately large breasts, including patients who experience reducing back pain, shoulder pain and poor posture. If you are in the Midlands looking to undergo a breast reduction procedure, look no further than Harley Surgery in Birmingham! Our team specialises in providing high-quality, personalised care to all of our patients. To learn more or to book a one-on-one appointment, call (020) 3633 2619 or complete our online form.
The Harley Surgery Experience in Birmingham
At Harley Surgery, we understand the importance of having a comfortable, safe and secure environment for our patients. Prior to your surgery, you will undergo a full medical assessment and have an opportunity to discuss your desired outcome with Dr Frati. He will also explain the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. Our approach to breast reduction surgery is tailored to each individual. We use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the best results possible.
Breast reduction surgery can provide many benefits for women who are struggling with the physical and emotional effects of having large breasts. At Harley Surgery in Birmingham, Dr. Frati is dedicated to providing his patients with exceptional care and results. Schedule your initial consultation today to learn more about how a breast reduction can benefit you.
Once your surgery is scheduled, you’ll receive detailed preoperative instructions to ensure that your procedure goes smoothly and that you enjoy the very best results possible. These instructions include:
- Discontinuing blood thinners, supplements, and other medications as instructed
- Stopping nicotine use in the weeks leading up to your surgery and remaining nicotine-free for the duration of your recovery
- Filling prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics in advance of your procedure
- Coordinating a lift home and escort if sedation or general anaesthesia will be used
Arranging time off from work and social commitments to ensure adequate time to rest
The procedure begins with an incision made around the areola, extending down to the breast crease. Excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue are then removed, and the nipple and areola are repositioned to a higher location on the breast. Dr Frati uses care and precision to make the necessary changes that will reduce the size of your breasts. Finally, the incisions are closed using absorbable sutures. The entire procedure typically takes 2-4 hours, depending on the treatment plan.
Recovery & Results
After your breast reduction procedure, you’ll be fitted with special supportive dressings to help manage swelling. Swelling and bruising are normal in the first few days after your procedure, but this should gradually subside. During this time, we recommend keeping your head elevated above your heart when resting to help reduce swelling. Do not apply ice to the area as it can disrupt proper blood flow, however, you can easily manage discomfort with the medication that Dr Frati prescribes.
You’ll return for follow-up appointments so that we can monitor your healing. Work can be resumed after two weeks, unless your job is strenuous or physically demanding. Please avoid rigorous activities for the next several weeks until instructed otherwise. Once you’ve fully recovered from your breast reduction, you’ll enjoy smaller, more symmetrical breasts, improved posture, and relief from aching back and shoulder pain.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
If you are happy with the size of your breasts, you wish to increase your cup size, or you wish to improve asymmetry without substantially reducing breast volume, a breast augmentation procedure could help you reach your goals. Dr. Frati has performed tailored breast augmentation procedures for patients from Birmingham, London, Manchester, and across the country.
A breast uplift, or mastopexy, repositions the breasts to a higher, more aesthetically-pleasing position on the chest. This procedure can be performed in one of multiple ways, and Dr Frati will be pleased to show you the effective results he has achieved with his patients.
Cost of a Breast Reduction in Birmingham
The cost of a breast reduction will vary from patient to patient depending on their individual treatment plan. The techniques, anaesthesia, and extent of surgery required will determine your cost. We will provide an accurate estimate for the price of your procedure following your initial one-on-one meeting with Dr Frati.
Contact our office in Birmingham today to schedule a consultation for your breast reduction. Dr Frati can address any questions you have about the procedure and you can look forward to living a more comfortable life. To book a one-on-one appointment, call our office at (020) 3633 2619.
How does breast reduction help with back pain?
Having overly large breasts can cause chronic back pain. When the breasts are reduced, the muscles and ligaments that support the spine can relax, relieving pressure and resulting in improved posture and relief from back pain.
Is breast reduction recovery painful?
Most patients experience some discomfort after the procedure, which can be managed with prescription pain medication. In time, swelling, tenderness and bruising will fade as you heal.
Does a breast reduction improve back pain?
In many cases, yes. Many of our patients find that their back pain is significantly improved or completely eliminated after having a breast reduction. The results can be dramatic and are often life-changing.
Is there any scarring after a breast reduction procedure?
The incisions made during a breast reduction are carefully placed to minimise visible scarring. The scars typically fade over time but may not disappear entirely.
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- Sachs D, Szymanski KD. Breast Reduction. PubMed. Published 2021. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK441974/