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Breast Reduction Surgery
A breast reduction or mammoplasty is a very popular and often transforming cosmetic surgery procedure. Overly large breasts can cause physical discomfort and also have a profound impact a woman’s self-esteem.
Breast size is largely dictated by genetics but can also be influenced by body weight and hormonal fluctuations, causing permanent and unwelcome changes to breast size. Overly large breasts can be physically uncomfortable and often women feel very self-conscious.
A breast reduction can restore body confidence and is usually a highly satisfactory cosmetic surgery procedure. Mr Juling Ong will often combine it with a breast uplift to create the optimal breast appearance.
Although many women seek to increase their breast size, for women who have overly large breasts for their frame, a breast reduction can be a highly positive procedure for those that feel their breast size is affecting their quality of life.
Larger breasts can also prevent you from enjoying certain activities or finding flattering, well-fitting clothes. Some women experience significant discomfort, often suffering from neck pain or backache and skin irritation under the breasts or the bra straps.
During the breast reduction procedure, known medically as a mammaplasty, Mr Juling Ong will remove excess glandular tissue and fat to reduce the overall volume of the breast. The remaining breast tissue is reshaped into a more shapely and youthful appearance.
The nipples can be reshaped and resized as many women find their nipples have stretched as the breasts have increased in size. The nipples are also usually repositioned on the breast mound.
Mr Juling Ong will make a circular incision around the areola. A second vertical scar then runs from the bottom of the nipple to the inframammary fold which is the crease under the breast. There is usually a further horizontal incision made along the inframammary fold, the length of which depends on the size of your breasts and the results you’re hoping to achieve.
Patients typically take two weeks off work to recover. Although it’s important to rest in the first 48 hours after surgery, Mr Ong will advise you to gradually increase your activity levels as it helps to promote recovery. More strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks after your surgery. Mr Juling Ong will provide comprehensive advice on your recovery process and you will have a series of follow-up appointments.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the scarring like after breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction scarring is more extensive than with breast augmentation surgery and it is important you have a clear idea of what to expect before you decide to proceed. Breast scars will initially appear red and raised but will gradually fade to become pale and flat over the following 12 months after surgery. Mr Ong will advise you on how best to promote healing and patients are usually highly satisfied with the appearance of their smaller, more shapely breasts.
What happens to the nipples during breast reduction surgery?
The nipples are not detached during surgery; Mr Juling Ong will isolate the nipple on a segment of breast tissue, persevering its blood supply while they are repositioned on the reshaped breast. You should have normal sensation in the nipples after surgery and many patients are still able to breastfeed as the milk-producing glands aren’t affected.
How long will the results of my breast reduction last?
Results are usually long-lasting, but your breast size can still be affected by further weight fluctuations, pregnancy or hormonal changes. Gravity can also still affect the breasts and they will still be susceptible to sagging of the tissues, but this will be greatly minimised if much of the weight of the breasts has been removed.