Cosmetic breast surgery

Breast Reduction

Breast enhancement surgery is a very well-known and highly popular procedure, but the breast reduction can be a truly transformative procedure for women who are experiencing problems as a result of the size of their breasts.

Having the mass of your breasts reduced can help improve the shape, feel and look of the breasts and is more common than you might think. In 2015, almost 5,500 women in the UK opted to have their breasts reduced, and this figure is rising year on year.

Women who consider this procedure may be suffering from discomfort such as backache, shoulder pain, neck ache, or skin rashes underneath or between the breasts which can be sore and uncomfortable.

Exercising can be painful (or impossible) and the weight of the breasts may result in bra straps causing red marks and painful, sensitive skin on the shoulders.

Another reason women may choose to take steps to rectify overly large breasts is if they are affecting their confidence and self-esteem.

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How are the breasts reduced and what should be expected?

During the operation, I will remove excess skin and tissue from the breasts and they will be recontoured to produce a more lifted, natural shape to the breasts. A breast reduction is often carried out in tandem with a breast uplift to ensure that the new breasts are as elevated as possible.

As with any cosmetic procedure I perform, the utmost care and attention are given to how the breasts will look and feel after the operation. A breast reduction procedure will always result in some degree of scarring, although care will be taken to mitigate this as much as is possible.

The incision is typically made around the nipple and straight down to the inframammary crease, commonly known as a lollipop scar. For some women, it is necessary to extend that incision along the crease in an anchor-type scar. Patients may have requests in regard to scarring which I will always try and accommodate but this has to be balanced with what is required surgically to achieve the shape and size of breasts they desire.

I have found that the surgical skill and anatomical knowledge required by breast reconstruction informs my cosmetic breast practice, particularly in relation to incisions and the finishing of the operation. Use of post-operative tape gives the best outcome in the short term and then the patient is seen regularly post-operatively by myself and my nurses to ensure best possible management of scarring. If there is any evidence that they are suffering from hypertrophic or keloid scarring then we recommend topical silicone treatments in the first instance. I also provide strict advice after any procedure in terms of moisturising and massaging the incision sites to help produce the thin, flat, faded scars that everyone wants.

Some women experience a loss of sensitivity of the nipple following a breast reduction. This is a consequence of the delicate nerve endings around the nipple being unavoidably damaged during surgery, so a degree of numbness can occur, but may be temporary.

Breast reduction: a long-lasting solution

Deciding to embark on a cosmetic surgery procedure is a very personal decision and I always offer patients as many pre-operative consultations as they require to ensure they are fully informed before going ahead. However, it is true to say that a well-done breast reduction procedure can have life-changing benefits.

What my patients say about me

Mr Ramsey performed a breast reduction and abdominoplasty for me in October 2017. Prior to the operation, I had two consultations where the procedure was explained to me clearly and concisely. I was also talked through the possible pitfalls. I am happy to report that I am delighted with the results. The standard of the work is excellent. Obviously, you have scars after such procedures but these are incredibly neat and fading fast.

Mr Ramsey was very professional in the way he dealt with me while also being pleasant to talk to. He put me at my ease right from the start. I had total confidence in his abilities and he has more than lived up to my expectations. I could not recommend him highly enough.

Penny AtkinsonBreast Reduction and Abdominoplasty

Mr Ramsey performed a breast reduction for me in 2018. I have been thrilled with the exceptional results of this surgery and with the whole experience throughout. Mr Ramsey’s approach has been calm, honest and straightforward. The results have exceeded my expectations and this surgery has changed my life for the better. I would not hesitate in recommending Mr Ramsey to anyone wanting or needing plastic surgery and have already passed on his contact details to others. The results have been so rewarding that my only regret is that I did not do this sooner.

Mrs ClarkeBreast Reduction

I am very happy with the outcome of my surgery. Mr Ramsey explained everything in great detail and made me feel at ease on the day of the surgery. I would highly recommend him.

Helen Breast Reduction