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Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is used to decrease breast size. It is used to surgically reshape large breasts, bringing them in to proportion with the rest of the body. Large breasts often cause loss of self confidence and can result in back ache and poor posture.

There is a number of ways in which this procedure can be done, the most common where an anchor shaped incision is made around the areola (nipple area) extending down vertically following the natural crease in the breast. Excessive breast tissue and fat is removed and then the skin is pulled up from both sides to form the uplifted breast and then it is stitched in to place.

Breast reduction surgery takes between 2-3 hours and typically you would stay in hospital at least overnight or longer depending on recovery. The operation usually gives you smaller and firmer breasts. The shape of your breasts will be determined by the shape you were originally so be realistic. Immediately after the operation the breasts are tightly bandaged and drains are put in place. The drains are usually removed within 24 hours and the bandages are removed after 2 to 3 days, however, a surgical bra needs to be worn for at least 2 weeks after that. The breasts will be swollen and bruised and some soreness will be felt where the scar is. Stitches will normally be removed after the first week. Swelling and bruising will continue to go down during the following 6 weeks. It is normal to refrain from work for 2 weeks and to avoid lifting or any strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks after surgery.

There are certain risks involved in having a general anaesthetic but the specific complications of breast reduction surgery can be excessive pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising, most of which will eventually disappear, but numbness particularly around the nipple area can remain. In some cases, and depending on the type of breast reduction surgery,  breast feeding will not be able to be carried out after breast reduction surgery.

More serious complications are rare, as with most surgery an infection may occur. Bleeding inside the breast, or unusually raised scars, all of which may be treated with further surgery. The nipple may die completely due to lack of blood supply, breasts may be uneven and nipples may not be in line with each other. Despite the risk of complications in most cases the surgery will be successful and give you the desired result.

Cost of  Breast Reduction Surgery

The cost of breast reduction surgery is between £3,700 to £5,500 depending on the surgeon and hospital.


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