What Is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure intended to create a more proportionate breast shape and size, relative to the patient’s body frame. To accomplish this goal, Mr Townley carefully and skillfully removes excess tissue from overly large breasts. The remaining tissue is then reshaped and tightened for a smaller and more manageable breast size. In addition to providing patients with breasts that better complement their unique figure, breast reduction can offer several benefits, including reduced neck and back pain, improved self-confidence, and better posture. Furthermore, this procedure often helps patients expand their wardrobe options and enables them to participate in athletic activities more comfortably.
- Breast Reduction Candidates
- The Breast Reduction Procedure
- Breast Reduction Recovery
- Breast Reduction Cost
Who Is a Candidate for Breast Reduction?
Individuals who experience neck, shoulder, and/or back pain as a result of disproportionately large breasts are typically considered good candidates for breast reduction surgery. Patients considering this procedure should also be in good overall health. Other indications that breast reduction may be right for you can include the following:
- You have difficulty finding clothes that fit properly
- Your bra straps dig into your shoulders painfully
- You find that most bras do not offer enough support
- You experience breast discomfort during certain physical activities
- You have rashes and irritation around the breasts
- Your breast size has affected your self-esteem
To find out if breast reduction is right for you, please schedule a consultation with Mr Townley. He can answer any questions you may have and conduct a thorough examination to determine if this procedure can best address your concerns. In some cases, Mr Townley may recommend a breast lift instead.
What Happens During Breast Reduction?
Mr Townley most frequently utilises the anchor incision and superomedial pedicle technique for breast reduction surgery. The anchor incision encircles the areola, travels vertically down the breast from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, then follows along the inframammary fold. The resulting incision pattern resembles an anchor, and is also sometimes referred to as an “inverted T” incision. The superomedial pedicle approach enables Mr Townley to remove excess tissue along the bottom of the breast, while preserving blood supply to the nipple. This method helps maintain upper pole fullness, creating an ideal breast shape and projection with long-lasting results.
Ultimately, the best technique for your breast reduction procedure will depend on your unique case. In your initial consultation, Mr Townley can assess your situation and determine the approach that can yield the best possible results.
What Is Breast Reduction Recovery Like?
Following breast reduction surgery, patients typically require approximately two weeks of downtime, although more strenuous activities (such as going to the gym) may need to be avoided for three or four weeks. Most patients experience mild soreness during recovery, but any discomfort can usually be managed with medication. Swelling and/or bruising can occur, as well, but these symptoms should resolve within a few weeks. Over time, scars should fade and become less apparent. Once healed, the scars may be virtually unnoticeable, as they generally blend in quite well, particularly around the areolae and along the inframammary fold.
Each patient’s recovery is unique, so it is important to carefully follow the personalised aftercare instructions provided by Mr Townley, ensuring proper healing during recovery. Postoperative follow-up appointments can also help Mr Townley monitor your progress and identify any potential complications, should they arise. Additionally, he can provide you with more specific guidelines as you gradually return to your daily activities.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
In some cases, breast reduction may be on the NHS. However, if the procedure is considered cosmetic, the cost can vary, depending on each patient’s specific case. When performed by Mr Townley, breast reduction cost starts at £7,000. If you are not considered eligible for breast reduction on the NHS, Mr Townley can provide you with a customised price estimate during your initial consultation. Our knowledgeable team can help you explore your payment options at this time, as well.
To determine eligibility for breast reduction on the NHS, contact your GP or local CCG. Women who may qualify for breast reduction on the NHS include those who are experiencing the following side effects of disproportionately large breasts:
- Neck and back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Skin irritation, rashes, or infection
- Psychological distress, including depression and low self-esteem
- Deep indentations in the shoulders from bra straps digging in
- An inability to participate in physical activities, due to breast pain
To learn more about breast reduction and discover whether or not it is right for you, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with Mr Townley, our highly skilled Consultant Plastic Surgeon.