Breast Procedures


A breast reduction is consistently rated by patients as one of the most rewarding procedures performed by plastic surgeons and is designed for women who are experiencing physical and emotional symptoms due to overly large and heavy breasts.

You may find this a beneficial procedure, If you are someone who feels self conscious about the size of your breasts and are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Back and neck pain

  • Skin irritation

  • Bra strap indentations

  • Poor posture

  • Limitations on your normal daily activities such as exercise

The surgery involves removing excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts, then re-shaping the remaining tissue to create a firmer, lighter more youthful breast shape. The size of darker skin surrounding the nipple (areola) is also reduced and the nipple and areola complex are repositioned higher and centrally on the new breast mound.

The incisions vary according to the size of your breasts and the amount of excess skin. Where your breasts are moderately enlarged, the incision will run around the nipple and vertically down to the breast crease. Where your breasts are more markedly enlarged or if you have a lot of skin excess, an additional incision, running in the breast crease, is made.

Breast Reduction Can:

  • Relieve the physical discomfort and health problems associated with overly large breasts

  • Improve the balance of your figure

  • Refresh and reinvigorate your appearance

A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia and where possible, Dr Dower prefers not to use drains. Many patients can be operated on as a day case procedure, but some may require an overnight stay, depending on their circumstances.

Recovery varies for different patients but in general, you can resume normal activities within a few days and, except for strenuous upper body exercises, you will be able to return to your normal exercise routine within 3-4 weeks. Results can be long-term, but weight loss/gain, pregnancy, or natural aging may alter the appearance of your breasts.

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