London Harley Street breast reduction overview
Medically reviewed May 2023, by Mr Sankar - Chief Medical Officer for The Harley Medical Group. Next review due May 2024.
Women who have oversized breasts may experience physical discomfort such as neck and back pain, as well as rashes under their breasts. Finding properly fitting clothes, bras, and swimwear can also be challenging, and physical activities may be limited, affecting self-esteem. A breast reduction can relieve these issues, resulting in smaller, shapelier, and lighter breasts. This can lead to increased comfort in clothing, a more active lifestyle, and a significant boost in self-confidence.
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Is a breast reduction right for me?
If the size and weight of your breasts are causing physical discomfort in your daily life or affecting your personal and professional life, breast reduction surgery may be the best solution for you.
The procedure for breast reduction in London Harley Street
Typically, a breast reduction surgery involves making an anchor-shaped incision around your areola and extending downwards underneath your breast. Your surgeon will remove any excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to reduce the size of your breasts, and then reshape them. Your areolas will be repositioned, and the incisions will be closed. In some cases, if your breasts are very large, your surgeon may need to detach and reposition your areolas.
London Harley Street breast reduction recovery & aftercare
Breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure aimed at reducing the size of the breasts and improving their shape. It can relieve physical symptoms such as back and neck pain, shoulder grooving, and skin irritation, as well as improve self-esteem and body confidence.
After the procedure, patients will need to take proper care of their incision sites, which may include wearing a surgical bra or compression garment and avoiding strenuous physical activity for a few weeks. Pain, swelling, and bruising are common in the first few days after surgery and can be managed with pain medication and rest. Patients will also need to attend follow-up appointments with their surgeon to monitor their healing progress and ensure that the desired results are achieved. With proper aftercare, patients can enjoy a comfortable and confident life after breast reduction surgery.
Breast Reduction Cost
Breast reduction costs vary depending on requirements. Fees at The Harley Medical Group include:
- your surgeon consultation appointment
- pre-operative assessment
- your procedure
- hospital stay and aftercare.
There are no hidden costs.
At The Harley Medical Group, we have a number of payment plans available to suit individual budgets, including a 0% finance loan paid over 12 months.
Choosing a surgeon
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Meet the experts in London Harley Street
At The Harley Medical Group, we pride ourselves on working with some of the most experienced and highly qualified plastic surgeons in the world. Our stringent criteria for selecting surgeons include registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC), holding substantive posts within the NHS, and having multiple memberships with appropriate organisations and associations such as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
Our surgeons go through a comprehensive application process and receive approval from our Medical Advisory Committee, which is led by Chief Medical Officer Mr. T K Sankar. In addition, all our consultants must hold adequate indemnity cover and adhere to our policies and procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions - breast reduction London Harley Street
A breast reduction is most suitable for adult patients who experience discomfort from their breasts or who feel self-conscious about their size.
There are many reasons why people choose to have breast reduction surgery including:
- Heavy, large, and pendulous breasts which cause discomfort, distress, and breast pain
- Backache from supporting the extra weight
- Shoulder marks from the pressure of bra straps
- Difficulty buying clothes due to disproportionate chest size
- Difficulty buying underwear
- Inability to wear strappy tops or even the choice to not wear a bra
- Desire to look better in your clothes and swimwear
- Inability to take part in physical sports.
You will need to have realistic expectations of what your surgery can achieve. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss this with you and together you will make a final decision.
If you plan to lose weight, you should do it before breast reduction surgery. This makes it easier for your Cosmetic Surgeon to match your new breasts to your body shape. Also, it can also help to reduce the sagging of breasts following surgery. When we perform a breast reduction your weight should be stable.
We follow best practice guidelines and operate on patients with a BMI of less than 30.
In most cases, breasts are permanently reduced in size following breast reduction surgery. However, breast tissue can grow back after pregnancy, starting birth control pills, gaining weight, or as a result of going through menopause.
No, we are unable to offer any surgery while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. However, please contact us 6 months after giving birth or after breastfeeding and talk to our friendly advisors to discuss the next steps.
It depends on the size of your breast and the type of technique used during surgery. Often, patients are not able to breastfeed adequately. You may wish to discuss this further with your Surgeon.
If you have overly large and heavy breasts, breast reduction surgery reduces their size by removing excess fat and skin. This prevents back pain, neck pain, rashes, and other discomforts.
If you are mainly concerned about your breasts sagging, then a breast lift will reshape and support the breast tissue and remove excess skin in order to give you a more youthful appearance.
Breast reduction and breast uplift
A breast reduction is commonly combined with a breast uplift procedure. This combined surgery makes your breasts smaller and lighter as well as shaping and lifting them to their optimal position.
For some women, liposuction can achieve smaller breasts. Liposuction can only remove the fatty tissue from your breasts and not the glandular breast tissue which can only be removed through breast reduction surgery. Therefore, it cannot offer the level of correction that breast reduction surgery can.
- Over 35 years of experience in delivering the highest quality cosmetic surgery.
- Audited by the independent regulator Care Quality Commission (CQC).
- Competitive pricing and payment options including 0% finance loans payable over 12 months.
- GMC-registered Surgeons licenced to practice in the UK specifically for plastic surgery.
- Conveniently and locally available at our 9 clinics across the UK.
- Expert team of Nurses, Surgeons, and Doctors who are passionately dedicated to enhancing people's lives.
- Professional, ethical and safe with patient wellbeing always being our top priority.
- Virtual consultations available.
- A Breast Safety Charter to ensure our patients receive the very best care.
- Performed almost 1000 breast surgeries last year (July 2021-22).
- 24-hour experienced Nurse helpline available 365 days a year.
- We put you, your goals, your results, and your entire experience at the forefront of what we do.