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CONSULTATION

You will already have had a comprehensive clinic consultation with one of our surgeons to determine the best procedure to suit your requirements. On the day of surgery, you will be seen by your surgeon and by the anaesthetist who will answer any questions you may have. You will also meet the nursing team who will get you ready for your operation and take care of your afterwards. The operation is performed under general anaesthetic (you will be asleep throughout), and can take up to three hours to complete. Dependent upon your individual circumstances, you may be required to stay in hospital for 1-2 nights after the operation.

THE PROCEDURE

There are a number of different techniques which your surgeon may use to perform this procedure, and this depends on how much of the breast tissue and skin needs removing, and which technique will achieve the best result for you. An anchor type incision is the most common. This results in a scar around the nipple with an inverted T-shaped component vertically downwards from the areola and along the crease beneath your breast.

An alternative is a vertical pattern breast reduction which leaves a circular scar around the areola and a vertical scar, but no scar in the crease under the breast. Circumareolar reduction is when there is only a circular scar around the areola and used if only little tissue is being removed.

All of your stitches will be dissolvable and you will not need to have them removed. You will have a dressing over your wounds which will be splash proof. You should try and keep the dressing clean and dry. You will be asked to wear a soft supportive bra without any underwire following the operation by your surgical team. Occasionally, your surgeon may leave drains in following your operation which will normally be removed after 24-48 hours. A follow up appointment with your surgical team will be arranged when you go home.

RECOVERY

You will already have had a comprehensive clinic consultation with one of our surgeons to determine the best procedure to suit your requirements. On the day of surgery, you will be seen by your surgeon and by the anaesthetist who will answer any questions you may have. You will also meet the nursing team who will get you ready for your operation and take care of your afterwards. The operation is performed under general anaesthetic (you will be asleep throughout), and can take up to three hours to complete. Dependent upon your individual circumstances, you may be required to stay in hospital for 1-2 nights after the operation.

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