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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction surgery can prove a great help to women with disproportionately large breasts and has a high rate of patient satisfaction.  Symptoms such as neck pain, back pain and poor posture can be alleviated and patients may experience a boost to their self-confidence. The technique can also help women with noticeable breast asymmetry.

Breast Reduction Process

Breast reduction surgery is typically undertaken under a light general anaesthetic with a single overnight stay in hospital, although day case surgery is preferred by some patients.

The procedure involves removal of excess breast tissue with lifting of the nipple to restore a more youthful and balanced final appearance.  Liposuction may also help provide the best shape possible.

The skin wounds are closed with fine absorbable sutures and the resulting scars generally settle well.

Step one: excess tissue is removed and the nipple is lifted
Step two: an anchor scar closes the wound

Breast Reduction Aftercare

Following discharge from hospital simple pain killers are usually all that is required.  The use of a vest top can help during recovery while the swelling settles.  Often two weeks off work is advised and it is usually best to refrain from driving over this time.

A follow up appointment will be arranged by the hospital to see the specialist plastic surgery nurses initially and thereafter a review appointment with your plastic surgeon will be scheduled to ensure all is well and that you are happy with your result.  

What are the risks?

Breast reduction surgery may incur risks which include but are not limited to: bleeding, bruising, swelling, infection, haematoma, seroma, skin or nipple loss delayed healing, scars of unpredictable quality, numbness in the nipple areolar complex, asymmetry and an imperfect aesthetic outcome. There is also a risk of systemic complications such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

How small can I go?

This will depend to some extent on your overall size and the shape of your breasts before surgery is performed.  Some breast shapes lend themselves to breast reduction surgery more than others.  Your goals in undergoing surgery and any limitations that may impact the achievement of these goals will be discussed in detail during your consultation. 

Will I need further treatment?

Breast reduction surgery is a single operation however, occasionally additional treatments may be required for example, the use of wound dressings for a longer period than was planned or the use of scar tapes.

Will I be covered if something goes wrong?

Our 'inclusive care' policy is such that if there is a complication or adverse outcome from surgery within the first year then we can provide any further treatment required at no additional cost to you.


Price guide: £5,000

See our Pricing page for a list of all guide prices. 

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