Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast (glandular) tissue, fat and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to reduce the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Breast reduction surgery has a very high rate of overall satisfaction and the transformation it brings is immediately noticeable.

Who is a suitable candidate?

Individuals, who are healthy with normal weight and realistic expectations and are bothered by feeling that their breasts are too large and limit their physical activity, are suitable candidates for surgery.

What happens before surgery?

You will be asked to stop certain medication such as aspirin, ibuprofen or herbal medicines that might increase the risk of bleeding during or after surgery.

If you are a smoker, you will be advised to stop smoking at least two weeks before and a similar length after surgery to reduce the chances of wound healing issues.

What does the surgery involve and how long it takes?

The surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and usually takes around three hours to complete. It involves removing excess skin, fat and breast tissue. The breast is then re-sculpted to its new shape and the incisions are stitched with dissolving sutures.

What happens after surgery?

Usually, you stay in the hospital for 1 night. We provide you with adequate painkillers whilst in the hospital and on discharge.

If drains are used they will be removed the following morning before going home.

We usually ask you to wear a sports bra after surgery for additional comfort and support for 4-6 weeks.

You can get back to work 1-2 weeks after surgery and return to exercise 4-6 weeks after.

One week after surgery you will be seen for removal of the light dressing and general check and a further follow up visit 3 months later.

What are the risks and complications of breast reduction surgery?

Overall breast reduction surgery is very safe and effective. However, like any invasive procedures, there are certain risks to be aware of which include;.

  • Wound healing problems
  • Bleeding (haematoma)
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Unfavourable scarring
  • Infection
  • Change in nipple and/or skin sensation
  • Impact on lactation/ breast-feeding
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Asymmetry
  • Possibility of revision surgery
  • Summary
  • Operation time 3 hours
  • Anaesthetic General Anaesthetic
  • Nights in hospital 0 or 1
  • Time off work 1-2 weeks
  • Return to exercise 4-6 weeks


If you have a question regarding a procedure or would like to find out if you are a suitable candidate, please feel free to get in touch.