Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure which aims to reduces the volume of the breasts. The operation can be performed on both breasts or, if the breasts are different sizes on one side only
Some ladies may request breast reduction surgery following breast reconstruction for breast cancer. This will be performed on the contralateral (unaffected) breast to achieve symmetry. Many ladies who have large breasts will agree that the problems are much more than a cosmetic issue – physical problems include neck pain, back pain and breast pain, poor posture, painful grooves where bra straps have cut into the shoulders and skin rashes and irritations. An inability to take part in physical activities due to breast size is not uncommon and finding clothes to fit, particularly dresses is often a problem.
Depending on the severity of symptoms, some ladies with very large and heavy breasts can have this procedure performed on the NHS. Patients with significant differences in breast size may also warrant surgery on the NHS. If you feel you have a justifiable case to have the surgery performed on the NHS it is important to discuss this with your GP who will be able to advise you further.
The operation is always performed under a general anaesthetic and a two night stay in hospital is usual for this procedure.
The results of breast reduction are seen and felt immediately, although it can take longer to assess the final results in terms of scarring and the final size and shape.
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