Breast reduction case study

One of my patients called Rachel wrote the following:

"I had been uncomfortable with the size of my breasts ever since the birth of my son 19 years ago. I have had continual problems with my back and neck causing headaches. As time moved on my breasts seemed to became heavier and I felt they were a continual burden to be carried around with no respite. I frequently had to undo my bra when relaxing in an easy chair because the weight of my breasts pressing on the wires in my bra on my stomach was exceedingly uncomfortable. I am a naturally confident person, but often felt the ground swept out from under me when - as a laugh - individuals (friends and colleagues) felt that my breasts were fair game for comment or a joke. I smiled, but hated it. I felt very unattractive. I hadn't bought a dress in 10 years before my op because I was at least two sizes larger on top than my bottom half. I hated going clothes shopping and never went with friends because I found the whole experience too embarrassing.

I can honestly say that my breast reduction operation has changed my life. It was not undertaken lightly, nor should it be as it took alot of recovery and you need to be prepared for the fact that the healing takes place inside as well as on the surface. I felt complete trust in Mr Wilson. He was kind and considerate and very reassuring. The biggest change for me is in my confidence. My body is now in proportion, my breasts are where they are supposed to be rather than dangling down my stomach and I feel so much more attractive. I can wear dresses and actually feel excited at the prospect of trying them on. I haven't had a single headache since the op and my back is much better. I can go to exercise classes without worrying about hurting myself. My only regret is that I didn't do this 10 years ago!"

  • The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of England