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Surgical Indications

The main reasons for breast reduction are:

  • To reduce the size of breasts to improve posture, and back, neck and shoulder pain.
  • To improve self-confidence and self esteem.
  • To allow more unrestricted activity.
  • To raise and repair the position of downward pointing nipples and areolars.
  • To reduce the likelihood of rashes forming in the folds underneath the breasts.

Liposuction Indications for Breast Reduction

Liposuction is a form of breast reduction which can be indicated in young women and teenagers who only require approximately one cup size reduction in breast volume, and have a moderate amount of fat within their breast. The process relies on the fact that skin following liposuction and a reduction in breast volume will naturally retract to a more suitable size and the nipple position may also rise to a more appropriate level. Only selected patients though are suitable for this procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of anaesthetic?

    Surgeons like Mr Banwell recommend having a general anaesthetic undertaken by a specialist anaesthetist. The operation for reducing the breast is usually performed with the assumption of an overnight stay.

  • How many times should I see Mr Banwell before the operation?

    We generally like to see you at least twice prior to your surgery, although Mr Banwell welcomes and encourages you to visit as many times as you require, to give you support, offer tips, and allay any concerns you may have about your surgery, and at the same time, confirm the size, look, expected outcome and requirements you are trying to achieve. It is vital that you are fully informed of what the procedure involves and discuss the potential risks and alternatives.

  • What happens after the operation?

    After the operation there are no stitches to remove as they are all internal. The aftercare will consist of having a hospital nurse or administrative staff member contact you after the operation to ensure that you have no problems or complications during your convalescence. You are generally in hospital 1-2 nights. There will be post-op visits at one week, then at two & six weeks and at 6 months. A crop-top/ athletic bra is to be worn day and night for six weeks. We recommend no driving for two weeks post-operatively and no rigorous exercise for six weeks. At your first post-op visit we will discuss the best way to achieve the optimum scar result.

  • What size will I be after the operation?

    Mr Paul Banwell will discuss with you how much breast tissue you would like removed and what cup size ideally you would like to be after the operation. Of course there can be no exact guarantee as to what cup size the breasts will be after the operation and he will make it as close to this size as possible.

  • What are the risks?

    There are both general and specific risks and Mr Banwell will talk to you in detail regarding these. General risks include bruising and swelling, bleeding, wound infection, problems with general anaesthetics and it is not scarless, with abnormal scarring and keloid scarring, and blood clots in the legs and lungs. The specific risks of breast reduction for a woman include loss of sensation to the breast skin or nipple, bottoming out of the breast, interference with breast-feeding, continued neck, back and shoulder pain, fat necrosis or skin loss, wound breakdown and haematoma, asymmetry, nipples size difference, asymmetry in nipple heights and delayed wound healing.

  • What costs are involved?
    • Surgical fees
    • Hospital fees
    • Specialist anaesthetist fee

Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email help@paulebanwell.com for further information.

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At a Glance

SURGERY TIME
3 hours

HOSPITAL STAY
1-2 nights

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT
Possibly

PRE ADMISSION TESTS
Yes

SLEEPING POSITION
Sleeping on back recommended for 2 weeks.

REASONABLY MOBILE
2 day

WASHING
Shower after 1 day. Bath only after 2 weeks.

DRIVING
2-3 weeks

SPORT & EXERCISE
6-8 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Restricted after 4 weeks

FULL RECOVERY
6-8 weeks

TIME OFF WORK
2-3 weeks

BRAS & GARMENTS
Sports bra worn for 4 weeks

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