Breast Reduction

Breast reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) is being undertaken by an increasing number of women. The decision is normally cosmetic although there may be health problems.

Large breasts are not always an asset. Some women experience back pain because of heavy breasts. Breast reduction can create firmer breasts more in proportion to the body. Breast size fluctuates with body weight and consequently a stable weight is more desirable if breast surgery is to be successful. Large heavy breasts can be turned into smaller, pert breasts and a new figure achieved.

Costs can vary but a patient can typically expect to pay around £4,500. The treatment is normally undertaken by a private surgeon but may take place under the National Health if a doctor diagnoses health problems as a result of heavy breasts.

After surgery results will be instantly apparent. Heavy breasts will have become smaller and more pert. A patient will be able to wear tighter clothing with confidence. You can see examples of before and after pictures here.

The procedure will take place under general anaesthetic. A patient can expect to be off work for two weeks or so. Depending on the size of the breast reduction, the operation takes around two to three hours. A cosmetic surgeon will reposition the areola and nipple according to the new breast shape. Stitches will be inserted which will be taken out one to two weeks post surgery.

Breast reduction surgery needs to be considered thoroughly and discussed with a surgeon. The leading name in the business is See their website for further details.

Procedure Guide

Breast reduction is a valuable medical and cosmetic surgery for women who experience problems with having larger breasts. For example, on a small frame, large breasts can make a woman look unbalanced, or make exercise and other daily tasks difficult with pain and discomfort. Over time, a woman’s self esteem may be affected as she feels that her breasts are becoming a focal point of undue attention and she may experience back ache and other problems. It may even affect her personal relationships and her ability to live day to day life easily.

In such instances, breast reduction surgery may be a valuable option, to reduce and reshape exceptionally large breasts to increase comfort and satisfaction with appearance.

What Does The Procedure Involve?

There are various procedures, but nowadays the most popular is to make an incision around the areola and vertically down the breast. Once the incision reaches the crease underneath the breast, it will follow the shape and then excess fat, breast tissue and skin will be removed. Finally the nipples and remaining breast tissue are placed to a new higher location in line with the new breast shape. Skin from each side of the breast is moved down around the areola to provide new contours and the incisions are finally sutured.

How Long Will The Surgery Take?

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure undertaken under general anaesthetic and will take around two to three hours in total. Some patients will be discharged to go home on the day of their surgery, whereas others will remain at the clinic for a further one or two days until they return home. Your individual circumstances will be discussed with your surgeon beforehand.

What Will Happen During The Recovery Period?

Your breasts will be bandaged after surgery for additional support and you will be required to wear a surgical bra for the next fortnight. This will help the swelling and bruising subside. Your surgeon may give you prescription painkillers during this period to help manage pain and discomfort from the trauma on the breast tissue. The stitches will dissolve and any clips used during surgery will be removed after five days. There will be scarring which will reduce over the next few months, but may take several years to totally heal. You will be required to visit your surgeon for follow up appointments to check the healing process. The recovery time overall depends on the patient – you should be able to carry out basic functions after a couple of days, but you will experience discomfort and aches for a good few weeks. You may return to work after a fortnight but exercise must be avoided for two months afterwards and be limited to swimming, walking and stretching.

What Should I Take Into Account Before Undertaking Breast Reduction Surgery?

Be realistic in your expectations. Breast reduction surgery will give you smaller, firmer and lighter breasts which are more proportionate with the rest of your body. However, the procedure is not without risks and the healing process can take some time and be painful. Do as much research as you can on the topic and be sure that you have covered it in depth with your surgeon beforehand. Ask as many questions as you can.