4 important questions – breast reduction surgery
Breast Reduction Surgery questions:
Hello, I am seriously considering breast reduction surgery. Naturally I have some unanswered questions. If you wouldn’t mind answering these questions I would very much appreciate it:
1) If I ever lost or put weight on would this affect my new breast size?
2) If I were to have another child would my breasts enlarge?
3) Do you use chest drains?
4) What would you recommend for scar reduction aftercare?
I hope you can clarify these burning questions for me! Thanks
Breast Reduction Surgery answers:
Thank you very much for your enquiry and your very good questions. In answer to your questions:
1) If you did lose or put on weight, the breasts would change slightly with this. A significant amount of breast tissue would be removed and there would be less breast tissue to increase and decrease in size – however, the remaining breast tissue will act in the normal way and if you put on weight the breasts will enlarge and if you decrease in weight the breasts will decrease in size. This change however, as I mentioned, would be less than if you did not have a breast reduction.
2) If you had another child, it is possible your remaining breast tissue would enlarge. As mentioned you will have less natural breast tissue following your breast reduction treatment and there will be less tissue to enlarge. However, your remaining breast tissue is likely to respond in the same way as it did in your first pregnancy – ie, if your breasts did increase significantly during your first pregnancy, the remaining breast tissue is likely to do so again. If your breasts did significantly increase during your previous pregnancy, they are unlikely to do so again.
3) We do not use drains following breast reduction surgery. We have previously used drains, 8 years ago, but with new techniques of local anaesthetic infiltration and advanced anaesthesia, we do not find that we need chest drains. This is beneficial as they are potential causes of infection, and are also uncomfortable and cause discomfort when removed.
4) Following surgery, you will wake up in a bra with special tape on your scars. We recommend you continue the tape support of your scars for 6 weeks following your surgery as this will reduce the risk of the scar widening with time. On some occasions the scars can become slightly raised and red (hypertrophic scars) and if this does occur we can treat the areas with silicone pressure pads and in some cases injections of triamsinlone which is a very mild steroid.
I hope this has answered your questions. I think it might be worth listening to our free information CD on breast reduction surgery, which we can send to you if you contact us. It may also be worth having a look at our breast reduction gallery of before and after photographs to give you an idea of the scars and potential results you may achieve from surgery.
If you feel you would like to book a consultation to discuss the best way forward for you, please do so by ringing us on 01324 578290.