Breast Reduction (Reduction mammoplasty)

If you are unhappy with the shape, weight or droop of your breasts, then Breast Reduction Surgery can help you by making them smaller and more lifted. Physical relief will be through reducing the overall weight of the breast, hence reducing breast discomfort (mastalgia); aching neck/back/shoulders; skin irritations under the breast fold; and painful pressure from bra straps;and subsequently improving your posture. Psychologically, this will improve your self-confidence and make you feel less self-conscious about the size.

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Duration 2 - 3 hours
Anaesthesia General
Hospital Stay 0 - 1 night
Recovery 2 - 4 weeks
Addresses Oversized breasts

Is this right for me?

Do you feel that the weight of your breasts causes discomfort around the shoulders and neck? Do you have problems keeping the skin in the breast creases healthy? Do you get unwanted attention because of your breast size? Do your breasts interfere with professional or recreational activities? If you experience any of these problems, you could be helped by breast reduction surgery.

The surgery will relieve you of the extra weight from heavy breasts and may help you to be more active as a result. Within reason it is possible to reduce the breast size to suit the wishes of patients and this will be carefully assessed when you consult with our specialists.

You will also have a full explanation of the advantages and the potential problems that can be associated with breast reduction. If you are a healthy adult, the surgery is a low risk procedure.

What does this involve?

Breast reduction removes skin and breast tissue usually from the underneath and sides of the breast and reshapes the remaining breast tissue to give natural and more youthful appearance. Your surgeon will carefully measure and plan this at consultation and again prior to your surgery. Once the excess breast tissue has been removed, the remaining skin is redraped and secured around the nipple areola complex (NAC/ nipple pad) hence this gives a smaller, lighter and uplifted breast.

The scars are sited around the NAC and usually extend vertically down to the breast crease. These heal well and are generally very subtle once the healing process is complete. It is day case general anaesthetic surgery which takes approximately 2-3 hours.

Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Typically, patients do not seem to experience much pain after this surgery. You will wear a soft supportive bra for 6 weeks and ideally should avoid strenuous or repetitive activity during this time. You can subsequently restart your normal exercise routine gradually after 6 weeks. Keeping the stretching and excessive movements to a minimum in the first 4 - 6 weeks helps to keep the scarring from stretching.

Generally, if you haven't completed your family then it would be wise to avoid this surgery. The reason for this is, when you become pregnant, then your breasts will increase in size and therefore negate the effects of the surgery.

Breast reduction surgery can damage nerves and milk-producing ducts and glands, making breastfeeding difficult. Providing your nipple and areola are still attached to the breast tissue beneath them, then there is a greater likelihood that you'll be able to nurse.

However, if the nipple was removed and then placed on a reconstructed breast, damage to the nerves, milk ducts, and breast tissue may  diminish sensation in your nipples and subsequently reduce/limit your milk flow. The nerve supply to the nipples are vital to breastfeeding as they trigger the release of hormones that affect milk production and let-down. The overall length of time since surgery has an effect also and the longer it's been since the surgery, the more sensation you're likely to have in your nipple and areola and the more milk you're likely to produce.

How your milk supply is affected won't really be known until you start trying to nurse. If you still have feeling in the nipple following the surgery and prior to becoming pregnant then you have a much better chance of having a full supply. There are several groups out there who help and guide ladies/couples who have had breast reductions and are nursing or trying to nurse.

Also let your baby's doctor know about your surgery. They will need to keep a close eye on your baby's weight gain.

Scars are disguised by placing them around the edge of the nipple-pad, in the breast crease and vertically down from the nipple-pad to the crease. Scars are pink for several weeks and then start to settle. They mature well in almost all cases but it is impossible to make them completely invisible.

You will bring a soft, supportive bra on the day of surgery and this will be put on for you at the end of the operation. You should wear this continuously for 6 weeks and avoid strenuous or repetitive activity during this time. You may be able to go home on the day of surgery or on the morning after and you are advised to rest quietly at home for a couple of weeks.

There is some post operative pain but it is rare for this to be severe. There is some soft tissue swelling in the breast and it takes 3 months for the breast to become soft and start to feel normal. In the longer term you will find that the nipple and the skin on the underside of the breast is a bit numb.


At Bella Vou we provide various payment options meaning you can spread the cost and enjoy a confident outlook at a price you can afford.

Prices start from £6,400 (inclusive of two compression garments).

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