Breast Reduction Surgery, Cheshire & Manchester
A Breast Reduction is an ideal operation if your breasts are too large and heavy and you suffer from backache or bra straps that cut into your shoulders. It is a permanent solution that allows you greater choice when choosing your outfit or underwear. This operation can be combined with a Breast Uplift.
The majority of women are delighted with the results of their Breast Reduction surgery. They often report a greater ability to exercise, their bra straps are less painful and their backache is greatly improved. Come and see us for a consultation to discuss if this surgery may help you.
Reviews From Patients
``I feel like I am dreaming!``“Mr Lambe and his Secretary Jayne along with the New Spire Manchester make up the new dream team in Cosmetic Procedures in my opinion. I recently had Surgery under their care and all aspects were exceptional. The results were amazing, the pain levels for me were so minimal I did not even finish a packet of paracetamol. Mr Lambes quiet, calm manner leaves you feeling completely at ease, he explains what he can achieve and is very realistic. Lots and lots of literature from all concerned which is always good. I had an underlying health condition, he understood this and guided me through. He made the whole process appear effortless, it was like dealing with a good friend. I am so glad I chose this Consultant, it is very difficult to decide who to use as its a major event in your life and not something to be taken lightly. I am so glad I made the decision to do this after such a long time thinking about it, I still think I am dreaming. 5 stars to Mr Lambe and his great team.”
``I can't recommend Mr Lambe enough``“I have wanted to have a breast reduction for half of my life now but never had the confidence to actually go ahead with it. I came close around 8 years ago but didn’t go ahead with it. Now, having done it (finally!), I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I only wish I done it sooner!! I can’t recommend Mr Lambe enough. Throughout the whole experience of my breast reduction he and his team, especially Jayne, were absolutely amazing. Right from the word go I knew Mr Lambe was the person I wanted to perform my surgery (and I saw 5 other surgeons as well!). Mr Lambe answered every single question I had beforehand (and he will tell you himself that there was an awful lot of them!). He was patient and kind and made me feel totally comfortable and at ease. There was no pressure whatsoever, I just honestly felt that Mr Lambe wanted me to make the right decision for myself. The entire way through the process, even minutes before I went into surgery, I never questioned the decision I’d made about choosing Mr Lambe and this confidence really can’t be underrated. My only nervousness with the needles to put me to sleep (and that would’ve happened with any surgeon and have chosen). He even came back to the hospital to visit me the day after and to reassure me how well everything had gone in theatre. As I write this I am 2 weeks post surgery and I am incredibly happy with the results, even this early on. From day one I could see that the size and shape were fantastic and as the swelling has reduced each week I feel that even more. I now feel in proportion to my own body and I’m excited to get bra’s, bikinis and clothes that I’ve never been able to wear before. I have always had terrible ridges on my shoulders from my bras and in the past few years have been having physio for neck and back pain. I have not taken any of my neck pain / nerve blocker tablets since the operation and my shoulders are now smooth and flat…..two more huge plus points! Thank you Mr Lambe…..my life has been changed!!”
``So, so very happy!!``“How lucky I am to be treated by Mr Lambe at the Christie. From the first consultation, he made me feel comfortable and confident of the journey that I would be taking”
FAQ About Breast Reduction Surgery
- Before & After Pictures
- FAQ Overview
- Reasons for Breast Reduction Surgery?
- Who is suitable for a Breast Reduction?
- What is involved in Breast Reduction surgery?
- Post Operative Procedure
- Follow up procedure
- What is the difference between a breast reduction and a breast uplift?
- How long does the surgery take?
- Can I pick a cup size if I am having a reduction?
- What are the possible complications?
- Do I have to stay overnight in hospital?
- How long will I need help after surgery?
- What bra should I bring to wear post op?
- What should I do if I am worried post op?
- What about breast feeding?
- How do I book?
A breast reduction is a procedure to reduce the size and weight of the breasts. It frequently also involves repositioning the nipple , an uplift. Patients frequently complain of symptoms like back aches, bra straps cutting in and finding difficulty with getting clothes to fit due to disproportion between the top and bottom of there figure. A Breast reduction is not grunted to relieve all of the symptoms but it can frequently help a great deal.
During a breast reduction the skin and the glandular tissue are reduced and nearly always the nipple is repositioned at a higher level. the operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and can take up to 3 hrs depending on the size of the reduction .
On the day
I will see you on the morning of surgery and mark up the new nipple position and the site of the incisions. Pre op photographs are taken either then or earlier in the clinic.
all wounds are closed with dissolving stitches and I do not use any drains. You will usually go home the following day and I will see you at approximately 10-14 day post op to check on the wounds. I ask you to bring a sports bra (no under-wiring). this is so that the wires do not dig into the areas that are healing. I ask you to bring a bra in your normal size as this allows for swelling and is not too tight.
Patients are mobile from day 1 after the surgery and you are able to increase your walking day by day as this helps to reduce the risk of blood clots. you should allow between 10 and 14 days off work if in an office based job but if you are doing a more physical role it may be better to allow 3 weeks off.
Many patients believe that it is possible for the surgeon to control the exact size that you will be but this is not true. NO surgeon is able to guarantee a chosen cup size and this is very inaccurate measure in general . We can lean towards taking or more or less away but the final size is determined by the need to achieve a pleasing and balanced shape as well as maintain the blood supply to the nipple.
In general, you should expect not to be able to breastfeed after a breast reduction as the nipple has to be moved it often loses the connection between the gland and the ducts. It also better to have completed your family before undergoing the surgery during pregnancy can lead to the breast growing or sagging significantly again.
it is best to wait until the breast s have stopped growing as in some younger patients 19-21 there is risk that the breast can grow again after the surgery although this is overall very rare.
Many ladies have significant asymmetry between the breast and this can be improved or corrected during the surgery.
It is possible that sensation can be lost in then nipples after a breast reduction due to the distance that the nipple has to be moved although I take steps to preserve the tissue that carries the sensation from the nipples
There are different patterns of scarring that can be used for a breast reduction but nearly all will involve a scar around the pink part of the nipple (the areola) and then a vertical scar down and along the areas of the breast (anchor pattern). I limit the length of the scar in the crease so that it does not show own the cleavage or extend to far to the sides.
Final result time
It can take up to 3 months for the swelling to settle and then another 6 – 9 months for the breasts to settle into their final shape and position.
You will be provided with a full informed consent document that will detail all potential complications of the surgery but the more frequent are delays in wound healing and poor scarring. Rare complications included blood clots in the legs and many precautions are taken to minimise this risk.
There can be many reasons for a patient to seek a consultation for a Breast Reduction but the symptoms that are frequently reported to me are back pain, bra straps digging in, deep shoulder grooves, problems with finding clothes to fit on both the top and bottom half, sometimes the skin beneath the breasts can be quite sore and often it can lead to poor posture either because the patient is self aware or because of the sheer weight of the breasts. A Breast Reduction can help to reduce or eliminate some or all of these symptoms.
Ideally, you should be in good general health, a non-smoker, not taking any medications that may make you bleed or lead to problems with wound healing and are not planning to get pregnant or breastfeed in the future.
I will nearly always see a patient for 2 consultations before proceeding with a Breast Reduction. This is because there is a lot of information regarding the risks and benefits of surgery and I like to give my patients time to think it over and to write down any questions they may have about the surgery. It is sometimes helpful to look at pre and post op pictures here on my website and also on other sites such as Realself.com It can sometimes be necessary to combine a Breast Reduction and a Breast Uplift (Mastopexy) as well as a Breast Augmentation (in some challenging cases) in order to achieve the final result that a patient desires. It may seem strange to talk of an Augmentation as well a Breast Reduction but a breast implant can be used to create fullness in the upper part of the breast while removing the lower part of the breast in a reduction in order to gain a certain shape and size that some patients like. This is why I require 2 consultations with many patients to discuss all the different options and select the best one. This is also a good way to communicate to me what sort of result you would or would not like to have. You will have a detailed informed consent form provided after the first consultation and you should read this thoroughly and write down any questions you may have.
On the morning of surgery I will come and mark you up which means planning the operation by writing on the skin using a special felt tip pen. This is an important part of breast surgery when planning the new position of the nipples and the extent of the skin and glands to be removed. A Breast Reduction is done under General Anaesthetic ie asleep. It generally takes between 2 and 3 hours to complete the surgery. I do not use drains and I use all dissolving stitches. A small reduction may mean that you are able to go home the same day but if it is a larger reduction then I prefer you to stay in hospital for one night to ensure you are comfortable and the breasts can be monitored for swelling or bleeding.
You will be seen the next day by me in your chosen hospital to monitor your breasts and then allowed to go home with a plan to be reviewed in 10-14 days to check the wounds. It is important to keep the wounds clean and dry and to rest at home. You must ensure you keep yourself mobile by having a short 5 minute walk every hour as this reduces the risk of post operative clots.
I will review you in the clinic 10-14 days later and remove the dressings and inspect the wounds. If all is well then you will usually have a much lighter dressing applied and then a plan to review your progress in about 4 weeks and then 3 months time. It is important in the post operative period to avoid anything rubbing or pressing on the wounds and so I ask that you wear a soft and supportive sports bra with no under wiring until I am happy that all wounds have settled nicely.
All operations have the potential for complications and a Breast Reduction is no exception. The most frequently seen issues are small areas where scars meet can sometimes be a little slower to heal. Poor scarring is a risk in any surgery and is not under the control of the Surgeon. A risk that is always discussed is the potential of loss of a nipple. This is because the nipple has to be moved and it needs to carry a healthy blood supply with it. If the blood supply does not feed the nipple then there can be problems with healing or loss of the nipple. This is something I have very rarely seen in my whole career and is more common if a Breast Reduction is being repeated and the Surgeon does not have the information regarding the previous surgery available to them.
The vast majority of patients are delighted with the results of their Breast Reduction surgery and wish they had done it sooner! It can be a truly life-changing procedure for some patients leading to a new lease of life with increased confidence and a whole new wardrobe!
If you have any cause for concern after your surgery such as dressings being soiled or increasing pain and redness, then you should contact the hospital on the number provided on your discharge notes. Mr Lambe will also review you in the clinic 2 weeks after surgery and remove your dressings and check the wounds are healing nicely.