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Breast Surgery - Reduction

Large breasts can dominate a woman's appearance and make her look unbalanced and make exercise difficult or impossible to do. In psychological terms, ungainly stares and rude comments can make sufferers even more self-conscious, which lead them to wear loose clothing to disguise their imbalance. If you are significantly overweight then planned preoperative weight reduction is encouraged but this alone does not necessarily rule you out for an operation. In fact many times the achievement of reduced breast size can become a stimulus for further planned weight loss. In a Breast Reduction, the suture line will be anchor shaped, extending around the nipple in its new position then vertically downwards to the under-breast crease and extending in that crease from a point near the mid-line around towards the underarm.. In some cases it may be possible to leave a single vertical scar but this depends on the amount of tissue to be removed. The scars will eventually return to normal skin colour but you should not assume that they could ever be described as 'hairline'. Bearing this in mind, the results following Breast Reduction are usually excellent.

It is probably one of the most successful and immediately satisfying of aesthetic plastic surgery procedures, allowing the patient to enjoy a more active life with increased self-esteem and confidence.

This can be the answer to these problems although scarring must be a consideration.

Breast Surgery - Augmentation

The decision to have Breast Augmentation should be a personal one and never to please someone else. As with any cosmetic procedure, Breast augmentation will not resolve any of life's major problems, but may help to boost a patient's own body image and self-esteem.

Women contemplating a Breast Augmentation have a number of options and choices. Some of these options are: implant type, size, placement as well as incision. Obviously there are pros and cons to each choice and option; however providing a woman has been informed accordingly, then ultimately she can decide which is best for her.

Breast Augmentation is carried out under general anaesthetic. The majority of surgeons make an incision app 5cm in the breast crease then creates a pocket under the breast tissue in front of the chest wall muscle. All bleeding points are sealed and the implant is inserted into the pocket having being soaked in antibiotic solution. The incision is closed with dissolving stitches and a light dressing applied. You will be required to wear a supporting bra day and night till your surgeon tells you otherwise. With the Breast Augmentation you will be required to keep the dressings completely dry for app 3 weeks, to ensure good wound healing and lessen the risk of infection.

Breast Surgery - Uplift (Mastopexy)

A Breast Uplift or Mastopexy is a surgical procedure to reshape and raise sagging breasts without altering the overall volume of the breast.

Many women following the birth of their children find that their breasts have deteriorated in terms of size, shape, and feel. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts tend to lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Even without pregnancies, the effects of time, gravity, and alternate weight gain and loss, can all take their toll.

It is probably wise to defer a breast uplift procedure until after you have finished childbearing and breast- feeding. While a Breast Uplift doesn't usually interfere with future pregnancies or breast- feeding, it is important to understand that having the Mastopexy/Breast Uplift will not prevent the breasts from drooping again if presented with the same circumstances that made them droop in the first place.

As every patient and surgeon has a different view of what is a desirable size, position and shape for breasts, it is important that you discuss your expectations frankly at the time of the consultation. Following this you will be examined and your breasts will be measured with a tape measure in order to obtain an idea of the degree of droop present. A discussion will take place, in which your surgeon will try to encompass all the variables present- such as your age, the size and shape of your breast, and the condition of your skin, and whether or not a breast implant is advisable. You will be shown where the nipple and areola will be repositioned to, the site of the scars as well as how your breasts may be shaped following surgery. Please remember to ask any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.

The results of this operation are usually excellent and you can expect less drooping of your breast with nipples in a higher position and a fuller shape in the upper half of your breast. It is important to note however that although immediately after surgery, your new breast will be apparent; the final shape will take approximately six months to fully emerge.

A Mastopexy is usually performed under general anaesthesia and takes about 2 hours.

Gynaecomastia (Breast Surgery - Male Breast fat removal)

Gynaecomastia refers to enlargement of the glandular component of the breast, in reality there is both an excess of fat and glandular tissue.

Although the cause of male breast enlargement is not as yet entirely clear, there can be no doubt that it is basically a result of the actions of circulating hormones on specific cells in the breast area. Some researchers feel an imbalance in the male to female hormone ratio of the male body (yes, males do have quantities of female hormones circulating in their bodies!) rather than the absolute level of these hormones is significant in the development of this condition. Predictably therefore there are large variations between the degrees of breast enlargement encountered Liposuction has revolutionized the treatment of Gynaecomastia. In the past the only way to treat this condition was by creating large surgical incisions, either around nipple or lower edge of the breast, and scooping out the excess tissue. Now with liposuction this can effectively be done usually through a single 3- 4rnm incision.

The surgical scar will be approximately ½ in circumference around the lower part of the nipple, or in the case of liposuction to remove the fat, a small hole, which soon heals. If sutures are used, they will be dissolving; you will then have a supporting bandage for app 5 days.

Bruising can last anywhere between 2/3 weeks. It is common to have numbness, but this will gradually improve after 6 weeks to 3 months.