Breast Reduction Surgery

Combination Procedures

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Why have combined cosmetic surgeries?

Combining cosmetics surgeries has some advantages and disadvantages. One the one hand, certain surgeries can be combined to ensure patients must one day in surgery, one healing period and one recovery process. They can sometimes achieve desired results sooner. Having a combination of surgical procedures also can open up the opportunity for saved costs. Of course, with every extra procedure, there will be a higher total cost. Combining procedures may also save money in the long-term, as combined procedures will often accrue a lower, discounted total cost if compared with booking multiple procedures on different dates.

However, broadly speaking, many Medbelle surgeons will not recommend combination surgeries. Combining procedures is a more invasive surgical experience. As a result, there is usually a higher chance of surgical complications with combined procedures. Most surgeons will also warn against surgeries which require the patient to be under general anaesthetic for more than 5 hours.

Having extensive combined procedures may take longer for your body to heal and you may experience more pain throughout the recovery process. It is also possible that you will have to take more time off work or more time away from physical activity.

There are some exceptions to this, one popular combination surgery is one known as the Mummy Makeover. There are indeed many other combination surgeries which do go well together, if you would like to know more about which procedures can be combined, you should discuss this with a Medbelle Patient Care Adviser. They will be happy to answer any questions on the matter.

What cosmetic procedures are commonly combined with breast reduction surgery?

Despite some advantages of combined procedures, Medbelle surgeons and Medbelle Patient Care Advisers alike, avoid advocating for the combination of a breast reduction with any other surgical procedures. This is because a breast reduction is a fairly long procedure, it can last up to 3 hours. Furthermore, it is always performed under general anaesthetic, meaning patients are given medicine that forces them into a dreamless sleep.

Surgeons and other medical experts agree upon the fact that spending too much time under general anaesthetic during surgery increases the risk of postoperative complications and can negatively impact the recovery process. 'Going under' for 3 hours for a breast reduction is perfectly safe, however, to combine procedures would elongate the time spend under general anaesthetic and could potentially increase and risks and complications.

Breast reduction and breast lift combined?

Many patients who show interest in breast reduction surgery also seek the kind of results that can be expected from a breast uplift. These include lifting the breasts, giving the breasts a firmer and more youthful look, or to reposition or reshape the nipples and areolae.

However, Medbelle Patient Care Advisers commonly describe a breast reduction as a two-for-one procedure. This is because the procedure for breast reduction will reduce the size of the breasts while also offering nearly identical results to that of a breast lift. A breast reduction will remove more breast tissue and skin from a patient's breasts which will simultaneously reduce the size of the breasts while also removing excess skin and resulting in a perkier, more youthful appearance.

Breast reduction or breast lift: which one is right for me?

While there are some shared results from breast reduction surgery and breast uplifts. There are some distinct differences. It is worth knowing these differences so that you can choose the right procedure for you and your body.

Broadly speaking, both procedures correct breast sagging, known as ptosis, as visualised in the diagram below.

Indeed, both procedures will alleviate the following symptoms:

  • Flat and drooping breasts
  • Downward facing nipples
  • Stretched or excess skin

However, a breast uplift will not significantly change the size of your breasts. It will not help to alleviate symptoms caused by very large breasts. You should consider breast reduction surgery rather than just a breast uplift if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic pain in the back, neck and shoulders
  • Reduced mobility or difficulties engaging in sports and physical activities
  • Skin rashes underneath the crease of the breasts

If you are still unsure which procedure is best for you, why not reach out to our Patient Care Advisers who will be happy to talk you through your options and help you to schedule a free consultation with a BAAPS/BAPRAS member Medbelle surgeon.

What breast reduction surgery will not achieve

Breast reduction surgery is not the surgery for you if you are looking to remove any existing breast implants, nor is it typically done in tandem with any type of breast implant-related surgery. If you are looking to remove or replace your existing breast implants, you can find their respective treatment pages here:

Breast Implant Removal or Breast Implant Replacement