Breast Reduction

Surgery to reduce breast size involves making a cut (incision) around the areola (the dark area around the nipple) straight downwards and along the crease beneath the breast. Glandular tissue, fat and skin are removed and the breast reshaped. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia (you will sleep through it) and will take 3-5 hours depending on size and surgical method needed to get a pleasing result. Women with breast cup sizes DD to G or H can be reduced to B or C cup in size. It is important to have the breasts in proportion to the rest of your body.
Often liposuction of the fat pads on the sides of the breasts under the armpit is done to reduce these fat rolls at the same time if the patient so desires. This adds extra time and cost. You will probably stay in hospital 1-2 nights and will need to arrange for someone else to drive you home.
You may need to take some medication for pain relief for several days.
We apply waterproof dressings to enable you to have a quick wash in the shower each day in the week after surgery. We can also supply a special support bra to be worn for 3 months after surgery. This has no underwire so the wire does not dig into the new scars thus being much more comfortable. You will probably be able to return to work after about 2 weeks. It will take several months for the scars to fade.

There are several different methods of breast reduction. For moderately large breasts often a 'short scar' technique can be used. We use the shortest scars possible to get the required result.

This page was last updated at 3:28PM on July 23, 2021.