Medically Reviewed May 2022, by Mr Sankar - Chief Medical Officer for The Harley Medical Group
What is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast Reduction Surgery, also known as Reduction Mammaplasty, is a procedure to reduce the size of the breasts by removing excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue to ease the discomfort of having over-sized breasts.
How Breast Reduction Surgery Works?
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.
Who Will Carry Out Your Breast Reduction?
From your very first Breast Reduction free consultation with one of our Patient Advisors, you will have a committed nursing team to talk you through the breast surgery and to provide all the support you need. All our medically led team of expert Surgeons are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Cosmetic Surgery Nurses are NMC registered. Patient care is our number one priority, and that is why we insist on a minimum of two pre-surgery consultations, a full assessment of your current health and medical history, and ongoing post-operative care.
We are a trusted cosmetic surgery provider and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). The CQC and HIW are executive non-departmental public bodies which are part of the UK governments Department of Health and Social Care.
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At Harley Medical Group, we provide the highest level of patient care at both our clinics and hospitals. We are members of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAPS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). All our hospitals have medically led teams of expert Surgeons, with years of experience, and all are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC).
Our hospitals are trusted breast reduction providers and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). The CQC and HIW are executive non-departmental public bodies which are part of the UK governments Department of Health and Social Care. Our hospitals include:
Your Breast Reduction Surgery Consultation
Preparing for your boob reduction is important. You will have your breast reduction surgery with a consultation meeting with your surgeon. During this appointment you will discuss:
- Your reason for wanting a Breast Reduction
- The changes you are wanting to make to your breasts
- The results you would like to achieve
- Which lifestyle changes will need to be made prior to surgery including smoking and the taking of certain medications.
You will also 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 these activities.
The Day of Your Breast Reduction Surgery
It’s normal to feel nervous before your breast reduction surgery, but a good night’s sleep is important. On the day of your breast 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.
What Happens After Your Breast Reduction?
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 to resume normal activities.
You will need someone to support your aftercare with tasks such as shopping, household duties and childcare initially. 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 post-op and leave all the dressings intact until you return to the clinic at approximately seven days after surgery. It’s advised not to wear an underwired bra until you have discussed this with your Surgeon.
It is very important that you attend all follow up post-surgery appointment which will be made for you. During this appointment we will care for your wound and you will see your Cosmetic Nurse 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. To achieve best results, aftercare is extremely important.
Breast Reduction Before and Aftercare Explained
Following your boob reduction surgery, your new breasts will require a good amount of support in the months following the procedure. 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 to give your breasts proper time to recover. Your surgeon will advise you on how soon you can resume normal daily activities and exercise.
Breast Reduction Surgery Cost
Breast Reduction Surgery costs vary depending on the patient’s requirements. Our Boob reduction prices generally start from £7,995 which is inclusive of your overnight stay in hospital and all necessary aftercare.
Breast Reduction Finance Options
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 Breast Reduction finance options available to help you pay for your procedure, ask at your 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.
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.
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.