A Breast Reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the weight and volume of the breasts. Large breasts can cause a lot of discomfort and can cause physical symptoms such as back ache and neck ache as well as skin irritations. Large breasts can also cause psychological distress; many women feel self conscious, cannot wear particular clothes and also find it difficult to take part in active ...+

A Breast Reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the weight and volume of the breasts. Large breasts can cause a lot of discomfort and can cause physical symptoms such as back ache and neck ache as well as skin irritations. Large breasts can also cause psychological distress; many women feel self conscious, cannot wear particular clothes and also find it difficult to take part in active sports. When oversized breast start to inhibit your everyday life, breast reduction surgery can be an excellent solution. The procedure is an extremely common cosmetic surgery procedure at River Medical. Our team of Resident, Consultant Plastic Surgeons are amongst the most qualified and experienced in the world so you can rest assured that you are in the safest and most trusted of hands.-

Benefits of Breast Reduction

Benefits

  • Smaller, more in proportion breasts
  • Improved position of breasts
  • Improved body proportion
  • Reduced strain on neck and back
  • Improved posture and self-confidence
  • Freedom to exercise with comfort
Procedure of Breast Reduction

Procedure

A breast reduction involves the removal of excess breast fat and skin tissue while shaping and repositioning the breasts. It usually involves an incision around the nipple and just under the breast in the inframammary fold (just under the natural fold of the breast). There are different approaches depending on your individual needs which will be discussed in great at your free consultation with your Consultant Surgeon. The end result is smaller breasts, more in proportion with the rest of your body and a greatly improved breast shape.

Your Journey

  • What can I expect, pre treatment?

    A breast reduction involves the removal of excess breast fat and skin tissue while shaping and repositioning the breasts. It ...+

    A breast reduction involves the removal of excess breast fat and skin tissue while shaping and repositioning the breasts. It usually involves an incision around the nipple and just under the breast in the inframammary fold (just under the natural fold of the breast). There are different approaches depending on your individual needs which will be discussed in great at your free consultation with your Consultant Surgeon. The end result is smaller breasts, more in proportion with the rest of your body and a greatly improved breast shape.-

  • What can I expect, during treatment?

    As the aim is to make your breast smaller and more pert, the procedure will involve removing both breast tissue and some ...+

    As the aim is to make your breast smaller and more pert, the procedure will involve removing both breast tissue and some skin. Incisions are made around the nipple; vertically just under the nipple and in the inframammary fold (just under the natural fold of the breast). Through these incisions a new breast shape will be formed.-

  • What can I expect, post treatment?

    For a breast reduction procedure, we keep our patients for two nights in hospital. When you are discharged by your Surgeon, ...+

    For a breast reduction procedure, we keep our patients for two nights in hospital. When you are discharged by your Surgeon, you will need someone to take you home as you will not be able to drive. You may have some dressings around your breasts and a surgical bra or elasticised bandage depending on your surgeon's preference.

    Initially, your breasts will feel firm and may be swollen and will be sitting high on your chest. As the swelling goes down, they will drop into a more natural position and shape. Your Surgeon can tell you more about the typical recovery process and may make recommendations based on your individual case but by and large expect to take between 7-10 days off work. If your job is physical you may require more time. Everyone recovers differently and the River Medical team/we will monitor you closely to ensure the swiftest, safest and most comfortable recovery.

    You can rest assured that your Surgeon and nursing staff will be on hand 24/7 to answer even the most minor or personal of questions you may have.-

Your journey of Breast Reduction

Your Questions Answered

  • What can I expect to pay?+-

    Price should not be a deciding factor with an elective surgery. Trust, experience and aftercare are absolutely key and River Medical is widely recognised as the industry leader in Ireland. We are also proud to say that we adhere to the strictest of ethical guidelines and believe that only highly trained medical staff should advise on cosmetic procedures, be it surgical or non-surgical.

  • Who will I meet at my initial consultation?+-

    You will meet with one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons who will discuss everything with you including your expectations and desires, the procedure and the best type of procedure for you and your body, the results as well as any possible eventualities.

  • What is the recovery time like?+-

    Depending on the combination of procedures your Consultant Plastic Surgeon advises, the procedure can take 1 - 3 hours to complete. You will need to take 7 to 10 days off after your surgery. If your job is physical you may require more time. You will have an element of discomfort after your surgery which typically lasts 1 – 10 days but this will be managed with the support of your Consultant Plastic Surgeon and River Medical Registered General Nurse.
    Generally you can return to all normal activities within 3-6 weeks. We encourage patients to get back to their normal life as soon as it feels comfortable for them. We feel that this really promotes and aids a speedy and successful recovery. Everyone recovers differently but you can rest assured that we will monitor you closely to ensure the swiftest, safest and most comfortable recovery.

  • Am I a suitable candidate?+-

    Less than 10% of women have identical breasts; for some women the differences can be more pronounced which can impact seriously on body image and self-esteem. Your Consultant will assess your suitability and will recommend the best treatment or combination of treatments for you and your body at a free consultation.

  • Will I be able to Breast Feed after the procedure?+-

    Generally you will not be able to breast feed after this procedure.

  • How should I prepare for my procedure?+-

    Preparation will begin with an initial consultation with your Surgeon, followed by a meeting with one of our Registered General Nurses. Each one will go through every aspect of the surgery in great detail. Prior to surgery you will return for a further comprehensive pre-operative assessment with your River Medical Nurse. Your Consultant will be available to you right up until your surgery should you wish to see him/her again.

  • Where will my surgery be carried out?+-

    Your surgery should ONLY be carried out in a Private General Hospital that is fully accredited. A hospital environment is the safest and only adequate place to deal with any potential eventualities.

  • What sort of aftercare will I receive?+-

    You should always receive FREE and unlimited aftercare post surgery. Furthermore your Consultant Plastic Surgeon should be a resident here in Ireland so should you need to see him/her in the weeks after surgery - he/she is available to you. You can rest assured that this is the case at River Medical.

  • Will there be scarring?+-

    Our Consultant Plastic Surgeons use very fine specialist stitching which minimises scarring. He/she will discuss this in great detail with you at your initial consultation. He/she will also show you actual photographs of similar incision sites that he/she has carried out on other patients.

  • Why choose River Medical?+-

    We are widely regarded as being the industry leader in Ireland, specialising in the most comprehensive range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. At River Medical, we never compromise on the level of care and attention we give each and every one of our patients, every time, and we are committed to you from procedure right through to your 24/7, lifelong aftercare.

  • Why do you not have before and after pictures on your website?+-

    Before and after pictures on websites can be misleading as they may not be patients of the surgeon who will be carrying out your surgery. As every person has completely different expectations, and different combinations of treatment requirements, it is a much more valuable tool for your Consultant Plastic Surgeon to show you pictures of surgeries that he/she has carried out and discuss similar cases to your own, as well as the results that he/she can achieve for you and your body.

Safest, most experience & trusted of hands

Safest, most experience & trusted of hands

Testimonials

I struggled with back pain and neck pain for years, and my oversized chest made me look and feel over weight. I honestly feel transformed, like a new woman. My surgeon not-only reduced my breast size but re-shaped my breasts to give me a really nice shape, now in better proportion to the rest of my body. I don’t know why I put it off for so many years.
- River Medical patient on breast reduction