Breast reduction is perhaps one of the most drastic operations a woman can choose to undergo.
Also known as reduction mammoplasty, during the procedure, fat, glandular tissue and skin are removed from the breasts, which are then reshaped and the nipples repositioned.
A general anaesthetic and at least three nights in hospital are almost always needed, with many women needing six weeks to fully recover.
Major scarring is a given, and risks include uneven results, infection, blood clots and – perhaps most pertinently for many – loss of sensation and the ability to breast-feed.
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