Things you should know about Breast Reduction surgery with Mr Alan J Park, Consultant Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

Things you should know about Breast Reduction surgery with Mr Alan J Park, Consultant Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

Many women with a smaller chest can be quite envious of their larger breasted counterparts but for some women having large breasts can be uncomfortable, even painful and they can affect self-confidence.
Large breasts can typically cause strain on a womans’ back, her shoulders and affect posture, it can also make finding comfortable fitting clothes difficult to find so many women choose to wear looser fitting items of clothing in a bid to conceal their size, which can actually have the opposite effect to that desired.

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Typically women who are unhappy with the shape, size and appearance of their larger breasts undergo Breast Reduction surgery and in doing so can reduce the associated complications such as back and shoulder pain in the process.

A Breast Reduction is major surgery, it is carried out under a general anaesthetic and typically involves the removal of between 200g and 1000g of breast tissue, fat and skin per breast. Incisions are usually made around the nipple which is then relocated to a more aesthetically pleasing position and the excess tissue, fat and skin is removed.

The scars from a Breast Reduction are commonly described as anchors in that they are located around the nipple and then extend vertically down the centre of the breast and into the natural crease. During surgery drains are inserted to help remove any unwanted build ups of fluid which can lead to infection, these are nearly always removed prior to discharge although your surgeons advice should be followed on this, as they may need to stay in situ for longer.

Following surgery the breasts can be quite bruised, swollen and tender and patients should aim to rest at home for a period of around 1 week-2weeks depending on the nature of the job before returning to work and avoid any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for several weeks following surgery. The pain will subside over the coming weeks however you will be given pain relief to manage this once discharged from the hospital. It is crucial to follow any post-operative instructions as these are designed to help patients recover safely.

Frequently asked questions about Breast Reduction surgery

(Q) How old must I be to have a Breast Reduction?
(A) It is important to wait until reaching adulthood to ensure the breasts have stopped growing, this is usually around 21 years of age.

(Q) Will I be able to breast-feed following a Breast Reduction?
(A) Yes in most cases women do go on to successfully breast feed their babies

(Q) Will I experience nipple sensation following Breast Reduction Surgery?
(A) Reduced nipple sensation is a common side effect associated with Breast Reduction surgery although in most cases this is temporary and will return in the coming weeks/months

(Q) Are there any complications or side effects associated with a Breast Reduction?
(A) No surgical procedure is without risk, general anaesthetic can carry its own complications which can include common side effects such as nausea and vomiting, confusion, shivering and in extremely rare cases serious allergic reaction and waking during the procedure. The Breast Reduction surgery itself carries risks such as haematoma (which may require a return to theatre), infection, bruising, swelling, mild pain, tenderness, fat necrosis, altered nipple sensation and breast asymmetry. Following your post-operative instructions correctly is paramount in order to manage and/or avoid any potential complications.

If patients have any concerns following surgery, they should contact the telephone number detailed on their discharge information for further advice.

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Increase in Brits opting for Cosmetic Surgery ahead of their holidays

The schools are out and the holiday season has finally begun for many with thousands of Brits flying out to catch some summer sun over the next couple of months.

There is no better feeling than downing tools and switching the out of office on but whilst the idea of relaxing by a pool and sipping a cold beer or cocktail can’t come soon enough, for some people it is also a reminder to get beach ready and so the countdown begins to get in shape. Every persons’ idea of getting in shape is different, whether it’s losing a couple of stone, just a few pounds or toning up, the end goal is to feel confident in a bathing suit or shorts.

This article rings very true for me, I too have seen an increase in patients enquiring about body procedures specifically preparing for summer holidays, from Breast Surgery (Breast Enlargement, Breast Reduction, Mastopexy) to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Liposuction , patients just want to feel body confident on the beach or by the pool.

I often hear the same complaint from many patients enquiring about body procedures, “it doesn’t matter what diet I choose or how much exercise I do, I just can’t shift it’ and so for many people no matter how many sit ups, squats or miles they run there are always going to be those stubborn areas that are tricky to get rid of. Those stubborn areas could be the result of weight loss, pregnancy, child birth, breast feeding or even just the natural make up of the body. My role as a surgeon is to listen to the concern, discuss the expectation and find the right option for each and every individual patient.

If you are considering Surgery and would like more information, please visit or to arrange a consultation at one of my clinics in Warwick, Coventry or Nuneaton, please call 07468 418 419

So often we read articles about the latest celebrity to have Cosmetic Surgery, but is this really news?

So often we read articles about the latest celebrity to have Cosmetic Surgery, but is this really news?

Patients undergo Cosmetic Surgery for many reasons, we mostly assume its for vanity and sometimes it is about enhancing a feature, but there are other reasons a patient chooses to have a procedure

Changing a feature they have never liked: This is often the case with Breast Enlargement, Breast Reduction and Rhinoplasty. If a patient has grown into the adult world flat chested or even with larger breasts or a hump in their nose, it can often cause self image issues, in some cases the patient may have been the victim of taunts or bullying. The option to change this feature can help regain that confidence.

Changes in the body as the result of weight loss or pregnancy: Often patients who have had a baby, breastfed or have stretched skin as a result of the pregnancy will want to have a procedure to regain their pre baby body shape. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can leave a lady with a lack of volume in the breasts, with sagging and in the case of Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) the patient no matter how much exercise they do can have a loose area of sagging skin sometimes referred to as a pouch.

Medical Reasons: A patient with larger breasts can often suffer with back pain caused by the weight of the breasts, a lady will change their posture to compensate for this weight which in extreme cases can cause spinal problems. This example also applies to blepharoplasty procedures, in some cases the sagging eyelid can prohibit clear vision which can make driving a car for example dangerous.

It is important to remember that every patient has their own reasons to have surgery, to not cast judgement but to remember that if something makes a person happier or gives them confidence then taking the step to have surgery is very brave.

If you are considering a cosmetic surgery procedure and would like a confidential no obligation consultation at one of my clinics in Warwick, Coventry or Nuneaton, please call 07468 418 419 or for more information please visit my website

Interesting news for the world of Body Contouring

In 2014, more than 20 million aesthetic procedures were performed worldwide,

A recent research carried out highlights the predicted growth set to set hit the world of body contouring, this growth is estimated to rise by 8.61% CAGR between 2016-2020

What could be the reasons for this predicted growth?

  • An increase of qualified surgeons and practitioners carrying out these procedures
  • New procedures available
  • An increase in males having surgery

What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring refers to the procedures used to remove excess fat, skin, or both. Body contouring is mostly commonly carried out on areas such as the chest, thighs, and arms and occasionally to the face. There are many procedures available, the most common being Liposuction however Breast Uplifts (Mastopexy) and Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplasty) are also common Body Contouring procedures.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or suction assisted lipectomy, is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits. A narrow metal tube is inserted through a small incision in the nearby skin. It is attached to a strong vacuum pump which is drawn back and forth within the area of excess fat. The process removes tunnels of fat leaving the small blood vessels and nerves intact.

What is a Mastopexy?

Mastopexy commonly referred to as a Breast Uplift is a surgical procedure to address the sagging or drooping of the breast which usually becomes a concern following childbirth, breast feeding or weight gain. Pleats of surplus skin are removed from underneath the breast, the breast itself is remodelled into a tighter cone and the nipples are repositioned at a higher level so that they lie at the points of the tightened breasts. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). If the breasts are too small as well as droopy, their size can be increased during the operation by placing breast implants underneath the tightened breasts.

What is an Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty (often referred to as Tummy Tuck) is a procedure carried out to remove excess skin and fat and to improve abdominal contours. The muscles are tightened during the procedure however there are different techniques available depending on the severity of the patients concerns.

If you are considering a Body Contouring procedure or any other cosmetic treatment and would like more information, please visit or to arrange a consultation at one of my clinics in Warwick, Coventry or Nuneaton, please call 07468 418 419


What cosmetic treatments would you pay for? – Poll conducted by…/what-cosmetic-surgerytre…

What cosmetic treatments would you pay for?

UK Based Website Money Saving Expert conducted a recent poll surveying 10,500 members of the public to discover what treatments are the most desired.

94% of women under 40 said they would consider an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

What is an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss

How is the procedure carried out

1. An incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area.
2. Another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin.
3. The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles and fascia to be tightened. The muscle fascia wall is tightened with sutures.
4. Liposuction is often used to refine the transition zones of the abdominal sculpture.
5. A dressing and sometimes a compression garment are applied and any excess fluid from the site is drained.

Patients are usually required to return for a post operative wound check appointment with a nurse to review recovery and to remove any sutures. An Abdominoplasty is major surgery and will usually require a two night stay in hospital and lots of rest to reduce the risk of post operative complications.

If you are considering an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) I hold clinics in Warwick, Coventry and Nuneaton. If you would like to make an appointment please call 07468 418 419 or for more information you can visit my website

Breast Implant demand increases by 183% in 2015


Some very interesting statistics reported in this Cosmetic Surgery story, not surprisingly Breast Augmentation (Boob Job) is the fastest growing cosmetic procedure sought by prospective patients in 2015, a huge increase of 180%. This procedure is closely followed by abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) which saw a huge peak in interest of nearly 351%. Over recent years I have seen an increase in the number of patients attending my clinics for consultations for the Mummy Makeover, a combined procedure of breast implants and tummy tuck carried out at the same time. The beauty of combining these procedures is only one having to undergo one anaesthetic and one recovery period.

Although the outcome of this procedure gives a fabulous transformation, like with any surgery it is not to be taken lightly, this is major surgery and will usually require a 2 night stay in our private hospital.


What is a Mummy Makeover?


The term ‘mummy makeover’ comes from the patient that the procedure attracts, those mothers who after having children have been left with a loss of volume in their breasts and lose skin on their stomach area sometimes described by mums as a ‘kangaroo pouch’.


Childbirth can often leave new mums lacking confidence about their body, sometimes no matter how committed you are to your diet and exercise plans, there are those stubborn areas that just don’t look the way they did before you had your children.

How do i get in contact to book a consultation?

If you can relate to these concerns and have considered surgery to correct, I have clinics in Warwick, Coventry and Nuneaton. If you would like to book a consultation with me, you can do so either by contacting 07468 418 419 or by visiting my website

The good things about plastic surgery

Many stories in the press trivialise plastic surgery. Its an arena for the stars, the vain, those that are insecure. People think it’s all about bigger breasts, smaller noses, slimmer waists.  Click here for the story behind the real reason for plastic surgery’s development in this country.  My motivation for having a career in plastic surgery was inspired by the history of such a profession. It’s a huge satisfaction for me to treat so many patients in the NHS and see the improvement in their lives. A great deal of my time is spent in the NHS working with patients and colleagues alike to improve outcomes for people that have suffered trauma,

Cosmetic surgery in private practice

When I started in plastic surgery, many procedures were available on the NHS. These included breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks. Over time, the demands on the NHS have risen to a huge degree and many of these operations, and more, have been delisted meaning we cannot perform them in the NHS. This has led to an increase for these operations in the private sector.

Make no mistake, the psychological effect of successful plastic surgery should not be underestimated. Quite often, my happiest patients are those undergoing breast reconstruction as women feel a weight has been lifted off their shoulders, both literally and psychologically! These patients are not the genre frequently portrayed in the media and it should not be forgotten that plastic surgeons do a huge amount of necessary plastic surgery  in both NHS and private arenas.

Cosmetic surgery in Warwick and Coventry

I am fortunate enough to work in one of the largest trusts in the UK. The facilities are fantastic. I also work in extremely well run and managed hospitals such as the Nuffield Hospital close to Warwick. The service I and the other surgeons can provide therefore is amongst the best in the country, whether it be NHS work or private work that is necessary or wanted.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery of any type, be it breast augmentation, facelift, rhinoplasty or a tummy tuck, please call us. We are on 01926 436332 or 01926 436310.

Cosmetic surgery taboo

We still see people in our cosmetic surgery clinics in Nuneaton, Coventry and Warwick that wish for no-one to know about their treatments. Maybe they feel people will frown upon them, maybe they feel they will be talked about. Whatever the reason, we always respect people’s decisions to keep their treatment private and we act accordingly to ensure that.

There is little doubt, however, that cosmetic surgery is seen as much more “acceptable” in more recent times compared with even ten years ago. Celebrities often deny having surgery, only for it to come out later. Some quite rightly say it’s no-ones business but their own.

Our role when considering cosmetic surgery

Our job is to ensure we are completely happy with a patients reason, psyche and physical well-being before we agree to operate on them. Once we are, there is no reason why surgery can not be performed. The majority of our patients fit into the category of being fit for surgery but we always apply the same rigorous criteria.

We do not feel that plastic surgery should be a taboo subject but we do feel it is a very personal decision that should be taken with a full grasp of the facts and information. Procedures such as breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and facelift are major surgery. They can and do frequently involve an overnight stay, a general anaesthetic and a lengthy recovery period.

If you are considering surgery therefore, come and talk to us. We put your welfare first. We are not an organisation that spends a huge amount of advertising, we rely heavily on recommendation by word of mouth or the reputation of Mr Park. Call us on 01926 436332 or 01926 436310 for an appointment at one of our clinics in or around Warwick, Coventry and Nuneaton. The choice of surgeon, we firmly believe is the most important decision you will make when considering cosmetic surgery.