Breast reduction is carried out for a number of reasons, but the most common include discomfort, backache, neck pain and skin irritation. Sometimes reduction is used to balance out a noticeable asymmetry, but more often it is carried out on both breasts to reduce them in size.
It is considered a cosmetic operation by the NHS, which means that it is not normally available without going through a private healthcare provider. However, if there is a compelling sociological or psychological reason for the surgery to take place, a referral for assessment can be made through your GP.
The operation lasts anything upto 3 hours, and will involve the repositioning of the nipples and the removal of excess skin and breast tissue. The remaining breast tissue is remodelled to create smaller and more elevated breasts. There are 3 different techniques that are commonly used – an anchor reduction which leaves a scar down from the nipple and across the breast crease; a vertical pattern reduction which surrounds the nipple and goes down the lower middle of the breast; and a circumareolar reduction, which only leaves a scar around the nipple, but is only suitable for small reductions.
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