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Breast Reduction Essex

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery Essex?

Breast reduction Essex surgery, known as reduction mammaplasty, removes excess fat, skin and breast tissue from very large breasts. There are multiple reasons that lead people to wanting breast reduction Essex surgery, including no longer wanting to feel self-conscious, being able to wear clothes that previously wouldn’t fit and easing neck and back pain from large, heavy, breasts. Breast reduction surgery Essex can improve your well-being, by freeing you to take part in activities like running, swimming and going to the gym. It can also get rid of skin irritation and rashes that develop in the skin fold under very large breasts.

Who Is Breast Reduction Surgery Essex Not Suitable For?

If you smoke, are very obese or you want to avoid any scars on your breasts, then breast reduction Essex surgery is not suitable. What’s more, if you are thinking about starting a family or losing a significant amount of weight in the future, its best to delay breast reduction surgery Essex until the shape of your breasts has stabilised. This helps avoid any unsatisfactory changes in the shape of your breasts after surgery, which may lead to you wanting re-operation.

What To Expect From Breast Reduction Essex

After you book your plastic surgery Essex appointment, you will receive an initial consultation with Mr Sierakowski, who will evaluate your overall health and medical history. During this consultation, you will also discuss the results that can be expected and the appearance you want after the surgery. Mr Sierakowski will also discuss the potential risks of cosmetic surgery and measure and examine your breasts. Before the breast reduction Essex surgery, depending on your age and medical history, you may be asked to complete a blood test, get a baseline mammogram and be asked to stop smoking for a period of time both before and after the procedure.

What Happens During A Breast Reduction Essex?

Breast reduction Essex surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes about 3 hours. The operation involves making a cut around the nipple/areola and moving the nipple up higher on the breast, whilst keeping it attached to a stalk of breast tissue to maintain its blood supply. The excess tissue around the nipple is removed and the skin is tightened up. The aim is to achieve smaller, natural shaped breasts that suit your particular frame. Breast reduction Essex surgery typically results in an anchor-shaped scar going around the areola, vertically down to the lower breast crease and then along this crease.

Are There Any Potential Risks From Breast Reduction Surgery Essex?

As with any operation, there are risks associated with breast enlargement surgery Essex and breast reduction surgery, which you need to be aware of when making your decision to go ahead of the operation. During your consultation, Mr Sierakowski will explain these risks to you. Some risks are associated with any operation, for example an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, developing a blood clot in the legs or lungs, or problems related to infection or bleeding.

There will be some swelling and bruising of the breasts after the operation, and this can take a number of weeks to settle. There may be long-term pain, but this is uncommon. Other potential risks include poor scarring, problems with wound healing and altered sensation in the nipples or breasts. Although it is avoided as much as possible, there can be differences in the shape and size of the two breasts after breast reduction surgery Essex, as well as irregularities at the ends of the scars. Sometimes, fluid can collect in the breast, called a seroma. This fluid may need to be drained by having a needle through the skin.

Rare, but serious complications after breast reduction Essex surgery include partial or complete loss of the nipple skin and fat necrosis (dying of some areas of fat within the breast, which may result in firm lumps or an oily discharge). This can require another operation, which can affect the final result of the surgery.

What To Expect From Recovery after Breast Reduction Surgery Essex

After breast reduction Essex, your breasts will be dressed with gauze and cotton wool pads. Usually, a drain is inserted into each breast to remove any blood that collects after the operation. These are removed before you go home. You will wake up in a supportive bra, to help keep your breasts in position. We recommend that you wear this support bra for 6 weeks after the surgery. You will be given medication to relieve any pain and antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. Most patients sped one or two nights in hospital after breast reduction Essex surgery.

Your follow-up appointment will be given to you before you leave. Usually, these appointments are 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks and 6 months after the procedure, to ensure that everything is healing correctly. In addition to this, you will also receive information and advice about caring for healing wounds, as well as all the common “do’s and don’ts”. It is recommended that you do not drive for two weeks after your breast reduction Essex surgery and that you don’t return to the gym until 6 weeks after the surgery.

During the first few days after breast reduction Essex surgery, your breasts will feel tender, bruised and swollen. Although the scars on your breasts will start off quite red, they will slowly fade over 6 to 12 months. Be prepared for your breasts to slowly change shape over the first few months, as they gradually settle down after breast reduction Essex surgery.

Breast Reduction In Essex

The breast reduction Essex will be conducted by Mr Sierakowski, who is available at a number of locations across Essex. These include Wellesley Hospital in Southend, Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford and the Phoenix Hospital in Chelmsford.

Key Facts

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Length of surgery
2 – 3 hours

Anaesthesia General
General Anaesthetic

Overnight or day case
Overnight

Recovery
2 weeks off work
No driving for 2 weeks
Return to the gym 6 weeks

Follow-up
1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months

Potential Risks and Complications of Surgery

Frequent
Bruising, swelling, altered breast and nipple sensation, some degree of asymmetry, changes in the shape of the breasts over time e.g. “bottoming out”

Infrequent
Infection, delayed wound healing, bleeding, poor scarring, complete or partial loss of your nipple (a rare but serious complication), fat necrosis (dying of some areas of fat within the breast, which may result in lumpiness or an oily discharge)

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to recover from a breast reduction?

Most women stay in hospital overnight after breast reduction surgery. For the first few days, your breasts may feel tender, bruised and swollen, so pain medication is recommended and provided. During the first two weeks after surgery, you will be unable to drive or carry out any physical work as this may disrupt the healing process. Up until six weeks post-surgery, you will need to keep the support bra on to keep your breasts in position and will be unable to carry out strenuous exercise.

Why is breast reduction not suitable for people who are very overweight?

We know that people who are very overweight or obese suffer from a higher rate of post-operative complications, such as wound healing problems. For this reason, surgery is only offered to people with an appropriate Body Mass Index. If you expect that your weight will increase or decrease significantly in the future, a breast reduction is not recommended. This is because the shape of your breasts is liable to change with your weight, potentially leading to an unfavourable outcome. Therefore, it is best to plan your surgery when you know you are at a stable, healthy, weight.

How is a breast reduction carried out?

The surgery will be carried out under general anesthetic and tends to take around three hours to complete. An incision is made around the areola which is then moved up higher on the breast, keeping it attached on a stalk or “pedicle”. Excess breast tissue around the pedicle is removed and the skin is then tightened and stitched to create a smaller breast.

Is a breast reduction high risk?

Breast reduction surgery is generally very safe. However, all forms of surgery come with risks, so it is important to do your research and speak to the consultant before making a decision. Mr Sierakowski will talk through all of the associated risks during your consultation. Potential issues related to breast reduction surgery include wound healing problems, bleeding and loss of sensation or blood supply to the nipple.

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