Breast Reduction, also known as Reduction Mammoplasty is a surgical operation in which women can reduce the size of their bust through removing the glandular tissue, fat and skin from the breasts. The breasts are subsequently reshaped and the nipples repositioned to provide a natural look, improving results.
Although this is a procedure that is mostly undergone by females, a similar technique may also be used to help men who are affected by a condition called Gynecomastia. One in three men suffer from Gynecomastia, which is most often caused by a subtle imbalance of hormone metabolism and can cause psychological distress and embarrassment for the sufferer.
Large breasts can put an enormous amount of pressure on a woman's body and can lead to such physical discomforts as:
On top of the physical pains and issues that can develop as a result of living with large breasts there are a number of psychological distress that can arise from:
Breast reduction surgery costs vary depending on the country where it is taking place, as well as the clinic the patient has chosen to perform the procedure. In the UK patients can look to pay an average of around £4,000 to £6,000 depending on the clinic used.
If patients do not have the funds available to pay for the procedure in one lump sum there are many clinics across the UK that offer finance schemes with many providing 12 months 0% interest free credit, free follow-up consultations and various other tailored solutions to help their patients fund surgery. Certain clinics even offer services to help people with a poor credit rating however this will be subject to extra charges being added.
We recommend that before committing to surgery patients should always enquire if the prices offered by the clinic are for fixed packages and whether it includes all the hospital, consultant surgeon and anaesthetist's fees.
Breast reductions are almost performed when the patient is under general anaesthesia due to the invasive nature of the operation. Some of the most popular methods of breast reduction are:
The Pedicle method reduces breast volume and contour, while maintaining the function of the breast as well as nipple sensation. Pedicle Method goes by several names:
The Pedicle method is distinguished from the other methods by the way the blood and nerves are maintained from different areas of the breast. Inferior pedicle maintains the blood and nerve supply from the bottom of the breast, therefore the nipple-areola sensation and milk production are preserved. A drawback of this technique being used to perform a breast reduction however is it sometimes results in "square" looking breasts.
This method is done by removing the nipple and grafting it in its new location as a skin graft.This procedure is done by completely removing the areola and nipple for relocation which is then replaced as a skin graft higher on the breast. This method has the drawback of the patient experiencing a complete loss of sensation from the areola area and eliminates the ability for lactation.
This reduction technique is performed using only liposuction and is sometimes called the 'scarless breast reduction', although there are small incisions where the lipocannula is inserted. Normally this procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure under IV sedation, instead of the patient being general anesthesia.
Breast Reduction surgery gives the patient lighter, firmer and smaller breasts. Along with these physical changes and the removal of any previous pain or discomfort a patient can also enjoy the confidence it can instil as they are able to now play active sports and wear fashionable clothes.
Patients should also consider the potential side-effects of such surgery as it can, in some cases, alter the lactiferous duct system thereby impairing the ability to lactate. Patients can also experience a loss of sensation around the nipples after surgery has been performed.