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    Breast Reduction

    Summary

    Cant find bra’s that fit you? Discomfort in the gym?

    Reduce discomfort, improve your body image, and feel more comfortable in your own skin

    Following breast reduction surgery, the relief of your problems is instant. Back and neck ache will be gone, your posture will improve on the same day as surgery. Confidence will improve and the most common comment from people is that you may have lost some weight. Your life will become more active without the restraints of excessive breast tissue. The surgery will reduce discomfort, improve your body image, and make you feel more comfortable in your own skin.

    Benefits of Breast Reduction

    • Reduced back, neck, and shoulder pain
    • Improved posture
    • Enhanced ability to participate in physical activities
    • Alleviation of skin irritation and rashes
    • Improved clothing fit
    • Increased self-esteem and confidence

    Common Fears

    Will I have noticeable scars? – The scars are usually the shape of an anchor and face away with time to become pale lines. We can also advise on scar management products to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

    Will it affect my ability to breastfeed? – Mark prioritises techniques that allow continued breastfeeding following breast reduction surgery.

    Mark takes pride in his surgical skills and his way of closing the wound with latest suture materials that cause minimal tissue reaction and techniques to minimise tension and improve accurate closure and scar results.

    Understanding Breast Reduction Surgery

    Breast reduction is a surgical procedure aimed at reducing the size of overly large breasts to achieve a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing shape. Women with disproportionately large breasts often experience physical discomfort, such as neck, shoulder, and back pain, as well as posture issues. In addition to physical discomfort, they may also suffer from emotional and psychological distress due to self-image concerns and difficulty finding clothing that fits well. Breast reduction surgery addresses these concerns by removing excess breast tissue, reshaping the breasts, and lifting them to create a more balanced and harmonious silhouette.

    During the breast reduction procedure, Mark makes incisions to remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. The remaining breast tissue is then reshaped and lifted to achieve a firmer and more youthful appearance. Depending on the patient’s specific needs and goals, Mark may use different surgical techniques, such as the anchor, vertical, or periareolar incision methods. Breast reduction surgery not only improves the physical symptoms associated with large breasts but also enhances the patient’s overall quality of life by boosting self-confidence and allowing for a more active lifestyle.

    Why choose Mark Solomos

    Mr. Solomos is a member of the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery, which certifies that he meets the requirements set by the General Medical Council and the Royal College of Surgeons, and is qualified to perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures as a Consultant Surgeon.

    Mark recently featured in a Channel 4 documentary entitled “My Big Boobs”, where he performs and talks about the benefits of breast reduction surgery. Watch the documentary on youTube.

    Memberships

    • GMC’s Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery
    • Fellow of the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
    • Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow

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      Frequently asked questions

      Am I a suitable candidate for this cosmetic surgery?

      Only a consultation can assess this. During your consultation Mr. Solomos will ask you about your general medical history including details about any previous breast surgery, and childbirth. While women of all ages can benefit, it’s usually never performed before the breasts are fully developed. This is because there have been cases reported where young teenage girls have had the operation only to find 2-3 years later that a significant enlargement occurs again(very rare). As a guideline, we normally wait until after the 18th birthday, although each situation is looked at individually and in more extreme cases the cosmetic surgery can be performed earlier. If you are a smoker you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of cosmetic surgery. Smoking seriously constricts blood vessels and therefore decreases blood flow to a given area resulting in poor healing. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications (discussed in DO’& DON’TS section) can cause increased bleeding, so you must avoid these. 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 a reduced breast size can become a stimulus for further planned weight loss. Depending on your age you may be required to have a mammogram prior to surgery. This again will be advised at the initial consultation.

      What does the operation involve?

      Before going down to theatre, Mr. Solomos uses a marking pen to draw on the breasts in order to determine the exact position and size of the newly operated breasts. He will then show you approximately where the new reconstructed breast and nipple position will be. Excess breast tissue, fat and skin are then removed. During the operation, the nipples are preserved on a stalk of breast tissue and repositioned by moving them to a new higher location, all in accordance with the preoperative markings. So although a breast size reduction is performed, all patients will also benefit from a breast uplift as well. The nipple is usually positioned in a line level with approximately the middle part of your arm or your under breast crease. The suture line is situated around the nipple in its new position, and extends vertically downwards to the under-breast crease. Occasionally a small horizontal scar within the crease is also performed. However in general, Mr. Solomos’ technique avoids the older type of unsightly long anchor scars. Mr. Solomos will be able to discuss this with you at the time of your consultation and show you precisely where these will be situated. Finally some tapes, and a light dressing is applied over the suture lines following the plastic surgery. All sutures used are of the dissolving kind and will not need to be removed. You will also then be asked to wear a firm sports bra for support. Mr. Solomos does not use drains routinely. He has deemed these not necessary and has stopped using them for a number of years, without any adverse effects. Patients appreciate the fact that they no longer require any drains to be removed from the breasts after the cosmetic surgery.

      What type of anaesthetic is used and how long does the operation take?

      Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes between 90 minutes and 2hours

      How long do I have to stay in hospital?

      Most patients only require an overnight stay in hospital

      What happens after the cosmetic surgery?

      Following this cosmetic surgery you will experience considerable swelling and bruising of the breasts. The bruising usually lasts about 2-3 weeks. While most of the swelling will have dissipated by this time, some subtle swelling may still be present for up to 4-6 months. After cosmetic surgeryyou may notice that the breasts feel quite firm and taut, particularly along the edges of the incision site. This will be as a result of the normal healing process laying down elements of scar tissue to facilitate healing. Occasionally small lumpy areas develop within the breast. This is called Fat necrosiswhere some small areas of fat cells within the breast tissue do not survive the trauma of cosmetic surgery and die as a result. In this process, the fat becomes hard before gradually softening over a period of weeks and months. When this occurs, massage as instructed will speed up the recovery. You should expect the sensation to the skin in the nipples and surrounding skin to be reduced after cosmetic surgery. This is as a result of surgical trauma to the nerves in the region. Although this usually recovers in a few months, permanent numbness in some areas may ensue. It is normal for any pair of breasts to be slightly uneven and this is no exception in large breasted ladies.Although every effort is made to make the breasts symmetrical, it is not always possible to achieve this exactly. Breast reduction cosmetic surgeryis possibly one of the most demanding aesthetic procedures. It is imperative therefore that you talk with Mr. Solomos so that he has a full and proper understanding of your wishes. Try to convey, as much as is possible, how little or large you would like to be following your surgery. This will minimise the possibility of having too little or too much removed.

      What kind of after effects should I expect?

      Following surgery you will experience considerable swelling and bruising of the breasts. The bruising usually lasts about 2-3 weeks. While most of the swelling will have dissipated by this time, some subtle swelling may still be present for up to 4-6 months. After surgery you may notice that the breasts feel quite firm and taut, particularly along the edges of the incision site. This will be as a result of the normal healing process laying down elements of scar tissue to facilitate healing. Occasionally small lumpy areas develop within the breast. This is called Fat necrosiswhere some small areas of fat cells within the breast tissue do not survive the trauma of surgery and die as a result. In this process, the fat becomes hard before gradually softening over a period of weeks and months. When this occurs, massage as instructed will speed up the recovery. You should expect the sensation to the skin in the nipples and surrounding skin to be reduced after surgery. This is as a result of surgical trauma to the nerves in the region. Although this usually recovers in a few months, permanent numbness in some areas may ensue. It is normal for any pair of breasts to be slightly uneven and this is no exception in large breasted ladies.Although every effort is made to make the breasts symmetrical, it is not always possible to achieve this exactly. Breast reduction surgery is possibly one of the most demanding aesthetic procedures. It is imperative therefore that you talk with Mr. Solomos so that he has a full and proper understanding of your wishes. Try to convey, as much as is possible, how little or large you would like to be following your surgery. This will minimise the possibility of having too little or too much removed.

      Can I get pregnant and breast feed afterward?

      Ideally it is best to have completed your family prior to having a breast reduction surgery. Patients therefore who plan to become pregnant should usually postpone the operation until after their family is complete. The reason is that if a pregnancy ensues following a breast reduction procedure, permanent re-enlargement may rarely occur. Thus any decision to perform a breast reduction operation prior to this must naturally be weighed and balanced against this risk and the benefits offered by this type of surgery. Although the technique used by Mr. Solomos ensures the best possible continuity between the breast and nipples thus increasing the possibility of breast-feeding after breast reduction surgery, this cannot ever be guaranteed.

      What are the scars like?

      Scars are not a complication but a normal event after any plastic surgery. Even though in recent years the scars in breast reduction surgery, have become smaller, nonetheless the scars are still somewhat lengthy and may take many months or years to settle. However as the scars are around and below the nipples, these shouldn’t be noticeable even in low cut clothing or a bathing suit. You should always expect these to be red, raised, lumpy and even itchy to begin with but with time they should fade and flatten. This is the natural evolution of the healing process. However it is important to keep in mind that this may take up to two years to complete. Daily massage of the scars during this time period is advised to expedite and facilitate this process. You will also provided with scar reducing plasters in order to improve the appearance of your scars. You must understand however that no responsible surgeon will ever be in a position to predict any scars ultimate appearance. Although as mentioned, scars do fade and improve in time it is unlikely however that these could ever be characterised as being mainly only “hairline” in nature.

      Is it painful?

      Our surgical understanding, the techniques and instrumentation have improved over the years and Mr. Solomos takes advantage of all these to deliver the best in terms of results. With these new techniques, pain is significantly improved compared to the surgery performed a few years ago. Therefore most ladies, who have breast reduction surgery with Mr. Solomos, complain or only mild to moderate discomfort after surgery. This of course should be well controlled with pain killers. The pain usually improves and dissipates after the first 4-5 days.

      What could go wrong?

      Whilst it is true that when a Breast reduction is performed by a qualified breast plastic surgeon the risks are small, nonetheless, specific complications with this procedure can and do occur. As in any procedure the risk of significant infection is always possible. This is minimised by careful surgical technique and the preventative administration of antibiotics both at the time of surgery and after. However despite these measures mild infection is relatively common and can occur around the incision sites, but usually subsides over a period of about 2 weeks. Risks such as leg and lung blood clots are rare. Early mobilisation by moving around as soon after the cosmetic surgeryas possible reduces this considerably. Mr. Solomos regularly deploys anti-clotting measures such as special stockings (TEDS) and compression devices (Flowtron) during cosmetic surgery to minimise this. As mentioned earlier, swelling should be expected after this operation. When mild or moderate swelling is present, the body rapidly reabsorbs this. Very occasionally, increased bleeding can lead to more significant swelling and the development of a haematoma (a collection of blood under the skin)-less than 1% incidence. If this were to happen, surgical drainage to evacuate this would be required. Ultimately however this should not affect the final outcome. As mentioned, during the operation, the nipples are preserved on a stalk of breast tissue and repositioned. In the vast majority of patients they remain natural, with normal contraction and some sensitivity. Very rarely however the stalk of the breast tissue develops inadequate blood supply to maintain nipple viability and some sloughing of part, or even more rarely, the entire nipple can occur. This complication will mean that prolonged dressing will be required over the nipple area until natural healing occurs. It is then possible to reconstruct the nipple as a secondary procedure, should this be required. Thankfully with modern techniques this complication is quite remote (less than 1%). During the first 2 -3 weeks after cosmetic surgery, some patients may experience a minor loss of wound adhesion or even chafing of the skin at any point of the incision sites. One of the most common sites is the point where the vertical scar meets the nipple and or the under-breast crease. This is a temporary complication, which will require regular dressing changes initially. Eventually a scab develops over this, which subsequently separates after 3-4 weeks. A padded dressing for a period of a few weeks decreases the likelihood of this occurring. However some distortion of the skin around the scar may ensue. Further reconstructive breast surgery may occasionally be required if necessary.

      How many Breast reduction procedures does Mr. Solomos perform?

      In accordance with the National Healthcare commission guidelines, according to the last five years (2002 -2006) of annual audit figures submitted to the Hospital of Highgate and BMI Hospitals in London, Mr. Solomos performed on average 30 breast reduction procedures per year. In the last 10 years he has performed over 300 breast reduction procedures.

      How long before I get Back to Normal?

      With the more modern techniques Mr. Solomos applies to this operation, you should be able to get back to a routine fairly quickly. As a guideline, most patients with office based work can return to their duties after 4-5 days. Of course remember variations do occur in the time individuals take to heal. Others find it more appropriate to take a further 7-10 days to rest. Walking is helpful in the first 3-4 weeks as this improves the circulation and helps reduce the swelling, and the chance of blood clots developing. Heavy lifting or Strenuous activity is best avoided in the first 6 weeks after cosmetic surgery. Lower body exercise may be commenced after 14 days, with high impact aerobic type of exercises only allowed after 6 weeks.Overall common sense rules in the recovery period. If what your doing is uncomfortable then don’t do it!

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