If you feel that your breasts are overly large and not in proportion with the rest of your body, you are not alone. Hundreds of women visit our clinics with the same problem and many opt for Breast Reduction Surgery with one our highly trained and experienced cosmetic surgeons.
We understand that having overly large breasts can affect self confidence but also cause physical discomfort in the form of back and neck pain, and can make it difficult to find clothes and swimwear to fit properly and look as you’d like them to.
Breast Reduction surgery is a simple procedure that can have a profoundly positive effect on self esteem, can increase the ability to move freely and exercise, and can ensure you feel comfortable with how your body looks. Many of our Breast Reduction patients say having the surgery has changed their life.
What is Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast Reduction Surgery is a procedure to reduce the size of the breasts by removing excess fat, skin and glandular tissue in order to ease the discomfort of having over-sized breasts.
Also known as Reduction Mammaplasty, there are many reasons why people choose to have Breast Reduction surgery:
Heavy and pendulous breasts which give mild discomfort
Larger than normal breasts and can cause a great deal of distress and discomfort
Backache from having to support the extra weight and breast pain
Difficulty buying clothes due to chest disproportion
Difficulty in purchasing underwear
Inability to wear strappy tops or even the choice to not wear a bra
Desire to look better in your clothes / swimwear
Inability to take part in physical sports
What Happens When I Have Surgery?
You will need to purchase a sports bra to take with you to the hospital. The size of the bra will be determined at your consultation with your Cosmetic Surgeon.
If you are a smoker, take aspirin or any other medication, your Cosmetic Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and resume these activities.
The Day of your Breast Reduction Surgery
Your Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room and mark your breasts in preparation for surgery, and will be there to answer any last minute questions you may have.
When you wake up from the anaesthetic you will have dressings and your supportive bra in place. You will be offered pain relief should you require it, and there may be drainage tubes in place in each breast. These drains will be removed before your discharge from hospital. You can expect to be in hospital for one or two days. This will be agreed with your Surgeon prior to your admission.
Going Home After Breast Reduction Surgery
Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise how much time you will require off work (this will be approximately between two to four weeks depending on your occupation), how long you will need to wear your post surgery bra for and when you will be able commence normal activities.
You will need someone to look after you to relieve you of your general chores, such as shopping, household duties and childcare. Please be aware that you will feel tired for the first few weeks following your Breast Reduction surgery.
It is important to keep the incisions and breasts dry during the early days and leave all the dressings intact until you return to the clinic at approximately seven days. Please do not wear an underwired bra until you have discussed this with your Surgeon.
It is very important that you attend the follow up post surgery appointment which has been made for you, to care for your wound and see your Cosmetic Surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well.
You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.
Recovering From Breast Reduction Surgery
Your new breasts will require a good amount of support in the months following surgery, therefore you will be required to wear a post-surgery bra or sports bra for up to three months during the day and at night. You will be able to shower or bath as normal a few days after the surgery, simply by removing your bra just before and putting it on again immediately afterwards. It is advised that you take at least one week off work in order to give your breasts proper time to recover. Your surgeon will advise you on how soon you can resume normal daily activities and exercise.
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Find out more about our procedures and treatments, for a free no obligation consultation and to meet with a nurse please contact us on 0800 022 3479 or book online.
Breast Reduction Surgery Prices
Breast reduction surgery prices start from £8,350 at The Harley Medical Group
We understand finance availability can sometimes be a barrier to undergoing a Cosmetic Surgery procedure, with manageable payments, we can provide a feasible solution to suits your needs. We have a range of finance options available to help you pay for your procedure, ask at your Free consultation and your advisor will be happy to take you through these.
Please contact one of our Client Service Advisors or call 0800 288 4110 or discuss your financial options with one of our nurses during your consultation at your local clinic.
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Frequently Asked Questions
In order to fully recover from breast reduction surgery it will take between 2 and 6 weeks
As fat is removed from your body during breast reduction surgery, it is likely that you will lose some weight following this, but it does depend on the size of the breast.
Following breast reduction surgery it can take 6 to 8 months for your breasts to have fully settled into their final position. All breasts naturally change over time, but your breasts should sag far less than they would have done before surgery because they will be lighter.
Losing weight before breast reduction surgery is recommended to ensure that you get the best results, as it will be much easier for your cosmetic surgeon to match your new breasts to your body shape. In addition, it can also help to reduce sagging of the breasts following surgery.
Breast reduction surgery prices start from £8,350 at The Harley Medical Group.
It depends on the size of the breast and the type of technique used during surgery. Most of the times you may not be able to breastfeed adequately and you may wish to discuss this further with your surgeon.
Although in most cases breasts are permanently reduced in size following breast reduction surgery, breast tissue can grow back following a pregnancy, starting birth control pills, gaining weight or as a result of going through the menopause.
Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, and involves removing excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from your breasts, reshaping the remaining breast tissue and repositioning your nipples. The operation will normally take between 2 and 3 hours.
The results of breast reduction surgery are considered to be permanent, however weight gain, pregnancy and hormonal changes can cause your breasts to grow over time.
If you have overly large and heavy breasts, breast reduction surgery reduces their size by removing excess fat and skin in order to prevent back pain, neck pain, rashes and other discomfort. 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.
There are many reasons why people choose to have Breast Reduction surgery:
- Heavy and pendulous breasts which give mild discomfort
- Larger than normal breasts and can cause a great deal of distress and discomfort
- Backache from having to support the extra weight and breast pain
- Shoulder marks from the pressure of bra straps
- Difficulty buying clothes due to disproportion chest size
- Difficulty in purchasing underwear
- Inability to wear strappy tops or even the choice to not wear a bra
- Desire to look better in your clothes / swimwear
- Inability to take part in physical sports
Find out more about common problems with larger breasts.
The final decision will be made between you and your Cosmetic Surgeon. The procedure is most suitable for those patients who experience discomfort from their breast or who feel self-conscious about their size.
The Harley Medical Group has been committed to providing excellence in Cosmetic Surgery and Non Surgical Solutions in the UK since it was established. During this time, we have developed a full understanding of the many reasons why people have Cosmetic Surgery and how it can improve how they feel about themselves. For more information see our guide Choosing your Cosmetic Surgery Provider.
No, we are unable to offer any surgery while you are pregnant or breast feeding. However, please contact us 6 months after giving birth or after breast feeding and talk to our friendly advisors to discuss next steps.
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Many women choose to undergo a Breast Reduction because of having larger, heavy and pendulous breasts that do not meet their desired and longed for appearance. For significantly larger breasts, a Breast Uplift may also be required to achieve the result discussed during the surgeon consultation, and to ensure the breasts and the nipples sit correctly.