Breast reduction

Surgery involves reducing the size of the breasts by removing excess skin and tissue.

Who is it suitable for?

Breast reduction is beneficial for women who have breasts that are heavy and/or large in proportion to their body build or for those with asymmetrical sized breasts.

What is involved?

Surgery involves removing excess skin, fat and breast tissue from the breasts and reshaping them to give a smaller, firmer and usually more youthful appearance. The nipples and areolae are usually moved to a higher position on the newly created breasts. The extent of the scars depends on the size and shape of your breasts. Scars are usually placed around the nipple-areola and extend downwards to meet a scar in the inframammary crease. Sometimes it is possible to have a shorter scar. It is important to understand the extent of the scar that is proposed in your case and to discuss it with your surgeon. Surgery is done under a general anaesthetic as a day case or with an overnight stay in hospital.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if this procedure is right for me?

Most satisfaction is gained when you yourself decide that you wish to alter your body form or appearance. The best outcome is achieved when you and your surgeon agree that the chosen operation will achieve your goals and expectations, and that you understand and have carefully considered the potential benefit from the procedure against the possible unwanted effects and risks from it.

How long does the procedure take?

2.5 – 3 hours.

How much does this procedure cost?

From £6000.

This depends on the length of stay in hospital. You will receive a cost breakdown before you book the operation.

Are there any potential side effects?

With any surgical procedure, there is a potential for unwanted effects. It is essential for you to minimize any risk factors (stop smoking, avoid blood thinning medications, stop the oral contraceptive pill, discuss other medications or supplements) when planning surgery. Optimal healing from surgery occurs when you are in peak physical health. The best results are obtained when you are at your ideal weight and that it is maintained in the long term.

Potential unwanted effects include: asymmetry, unsightly scars, altered sensation, loss of blood supply to the nipple, delayed wound healing.

Important things to know about breast surgery: your breasts will naturally change with age, pregnancy and breast feeding, sensation may be altered, further surgery may be required. You may not be able to breast feed after this procedure.

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