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Breast Reduction Mammoplasty
Breast Reduction Mammoplasty
Breast Reduction Mammoplasty
Breast Reduction Mammoplasty
Breast Reduction Mammoplasty

Breast Reduction Surgery (Mammoplasty)

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Duration Duration
90-120 minutes
Anaesthesia Anaesthesia
General anaesthetic
Hospital stay Hospital Stay
Overnight
Downtime Downtime
1- 4 weeks
Results Final Result
6 - 9 months
Suitable for Addresses
Excessive breast size and shape
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Breast reduction, also referred to as reduction Mammoplasty, is the surgical correction to reduce the size, volume, shape and weight of the breasts.

Heavy breasts can cause back, neck and shoulder complaints, bad posture and even breathing difficulties. This surgery can dramatically ease the burden by reducing the glandular tissue and breast fat to one that is more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. A Breast Uplift is usually performed alongside this surgery for optimum results.

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Top 5 FAQs for Breast Reduction Surgery (Mammoplasty)

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
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Breast Reduction Surgery, formally known as “Reduction Mammoplasty” is a surgical procedure for reducing the size of large breasts.

Am I suitable?
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While women of all ages can benefit, it's usually never performed before the breasts are fully developed. This is because there have been cases reported where young teenage girls have had the operation only to find 2-3 years later that a significant enlargement has occured again(very rare). As a guideline, we normally wait until after the 18th birthday, although each situation is looked at individually and in more extreme cases, where there are clearly problems, then the procedure can be performed earlier. If you are a smoker you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Smoking seriously constricts blood vessels and therefore decreases blood flow to a given area resulting in poor healing. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications can cause increased bleeding, so you must avoid these. If you are significantly overweight then planned preoperative weight reduction is encouraged but this alone does not necessarily rule you out for an operation. In fact many times the achievement of a reduced breast size can become a stimulus for further planned weight loss.

What Anaesthetic Is Used And How Long Does The Operation Take?
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A breast reduction procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes between 90 minutes and 2 hours.

How Long Do I Have To Stay In Hospital?
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Most patients only require an overnight stay in hospital.

What Does A Breast Reduction Operation Involve?
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Before going down to theatre, Mr. Karidis uses a marking pen to draw on the breasts in order to determine the exact position and size of the newly operated breasts. He will then show you approximately where the new breast and nipple position will be placed. Breast reduction surgery is possibly one of the most demanding aesthetic procedures. It is imperative therefore that you talk with Mr. Karidis so that he has a full and proper understanding of your wishes. Try to convey, as much as is possible, how little or large you would like to be following your surgery. This will minimise the possibility of having too little or too much removed. Excess breast tissue, fat and skin are then removed. During the operation, the nipples are preserved on a stalk of breast tissue and repositioned by moving them to a new higher location, all in accordance with the preoperative markings. So although a breast size reduction is performed, all patients will also benefit from a breast uplift as well. The nipple is usually positioned in a line level with approximately the middle part of your arm or the level of your under breast crease. The scar is situated around the nipple and extends vertically downwards to the crease under your breast. A small horizontal scar within this crease is also required. In general, although many times Mr. Karidis’ technique avoids the older type of unsightly long anchor scars occasionally these are required. Mr. Karidis will be able to discuss this with you at the time of your consultation and show you precisely where these will be situated. Once the surgery is complete, surgical tapes, and a light dressings are applied over the suture lines. All sutures used are of the dissolving kind and will not need to be removed. You will also then be asked to wear a firm sports bra for support. Mr. Karidis does not use drains routinely. He has deemed these not necessary and has stopped using them for a number of years, without any adverse effects. Patients appreciate the fact that they no longer require any drains to be removed from the breasts after the surgery.

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Tips from the Top

  • Karolina

    SENIOR NURSE PRACTITIONER KAROLINA SAYS...

    "Sleep with your upper body slightly elevated to help quicken any reduction in swelling and bruising."

    Karolina

    SENIOR NURSE PRACTITIONER KAROLINA SAYS...

    Sleep with your upper body slightly elevated to help quicken any reduction in swelling and bruising.

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Always purchase a sports bra a band size bigger than you normally are to allow for comfort post op, or just buy a bra expander – this will mean you can expand the band size of your bra without buying a new one"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Always purchase a sports bra a band size bigger than you normally are to allow for comfort post op, or just buy a bra expander – this will mean you can expand the band size of your bra without buying a new one

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Front or back fastening sports bras are the best – it’s a nightmare to jostle with an over-the-head kind of sports bra when you’ve just had an operation!"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Front or back fastening sports bras are the best – it’s a nightmare to jostle with an over-the-head kind of sports bra when you’ve just had an operation!

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Try sleeping with a V-shaped pillow after your operation – it will prop you up the right level and mean you are more comfy"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Try sleeping with a V-shaped pillow after your operation – it will prop you up the right level and mean you are more comfy

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Remember – breast enlargement isn’t done by cup size, but volume of implants instead. It’s more important to try implants on with Mr Karidis than to have a set bra size in mind"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Remember – breast enlargement isn’t done by cup size, but volume of implants instead. It’s more important to try implants on with Mr Karidis than to have a set bra size in mind

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery - try drinking a fresh green juice every morning"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery - try drinking a fresh green juice every morning

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products)"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products)

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation "

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal

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