Breast reduction
Risks

If you are allergic to any medication or you bruise quickly please consult with your surgeon.
A breast reduction is not a simple operation, but it's normally safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications or a reaction to the anaesthesia. Bleeding and infection following a breast reduction are uncommon, but they can cause scars to widen. You can reduce your risks by closely following your physician's advice both before and after surgery. Breast reduction does leave noticeable, permanent scars, although they'll be covered by your bra or bathing suit. (Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers.) The procedure can also leave you with unevenly positioned nipples, or a permanent loss of feeling in your nipples or breasts.

After your surgery

When you wake up from the anaesthetic you will have dressings and surgical bra in place. You will be offered pain relief should you require it, and there may be drainage tubes in place to collect any leakage of blood – these will be removed before you go home. You may be given antibiotics and painkillers to take. It is normal to experience discomfort following breast reduction and you will be advised to rest when you get home to assist recovery. If you have young children you will need to arrange for someone to help you with them and also basic household chores for approximately 1 week. It is advisable to refrain from work for 2 weeks, depending on your occupation; however, most people who have a clerical-type job will be fit for work after 10 days. Your Surgeon will give you specific advice regarding returning to work, exercise etc. It is necessary for you to refrain from bathing, at approximately 21 days. You will also be asked to sleep on your back for the first few weeks. It is very important that you attend the appointments that have been made for you to care for your wounds post-operatively. Please do not wear an underwire bra (wonderbra) for 6 months.