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Breast reduction surgery is a commonly performed procedure which, in addition to reducing the size and weight of the breasts, also improves their shape and droop.Book A Free Online Mini-Consultation
There are many reasons why a patient may choose to have a breast reduction. For patients who suffer from various physical symptoms associated with having large breasts such as backache and neck pains, the relief following surgery is often immediate. Large breasts can also restrict some womens' ability to exercise, find comfortable and well-fitted clothing, and make them feel self-conscious. Despite these many issues, it is becoming increasingly difficult to receive Breast Reduction surgery from the NHS.
Typically, a breast reduction procedure will involve:
A breast reduction procedure can be performed in a number of ways depending on factors including your age, skin elasticity and the droopiness of your breasts. The way in which your procedure is performed will impact the appearance and position of the scars. Our surgeons are highly experienced in breast reduction surgery and will advise you which procedure will work best for you.
2 - 2.5 hrs
Daycase (no overnight stay)
3 - 7 days
Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness
Infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, nipple areola loss, fat necrosis, delayed wound healing
1 week, 2 weeks, 3 months (after surgery)
1 - 2 weeks
2 weeks post-op - walking, 4 weeks post-op - fast walking, 6 weeks post-op - everything
12 weeks until final result. Scars continue to improve over 18 months
Patients should expect a small amount of scarring after breast reduction surgery. The different breast reduction techniques, in combination with the size of the breasts being operated on, result in differently positioned scars. The level of scarring will vary from patient to patient.
The most common breast reduction scars are around the nipple and vertically, linking the nipple scar to the breast fold. This is called a 'vertical scar' reduction. Some patients may not be suitable for this if they have larger breasts, and will require a scar underneath the breasts, across the bottom of the breast fold.
We will advise the best course of action to reduce scars after your surgery, including the Skinade MD Programme.
Breast reduction scar example
At Kat & Co we carry out breast reductions under Twilight Anaesthesia. Patients will be asleep and will not remember their procedure, but they will be able to breathe for themselves meaning that you will be able to go home the same day and recover in your own home or a nearby hotel.
Our consultants will typically recommend one to two weeks off work for breast reduction patients. However, this may change depending on the individual and the extent of the reduction you are having.
If you are a prospective patient, please download the informed consent form below. This includes information about the treatment, potential risks and contraindications.