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Breast Reduction

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What is a breast reduction?


What are the benefits of a breast reduction?


Are there any risks?


Is it right for me?


What is a breast reduction?

Breast reduction, surgically known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure to reduce the size of uneven or uncomfortably large breasts. The surgery results in smaller, more manageable size breasts by removing skin and fat, and sometimes reshaping the breasts.

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Pain and discomfort in your back, neck and shoulders are one of the main reasons for considering breast reduction surgery. You might may also consider a breast reduction if you are tired of ill-fitting swimwear and clothing, or find it difficult to take part in sports because of the size of your breasts. 

What are the benefits of a breast reduction?

For both cosmetic and physical reasons, the benefits of a breast reduction can be significant. Your overall silhouette can be improved through having this procedure; creating a more proportionate breast size that complements the rest of the body.  

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Bad posture can cause discomfort and aching, without the weight of heavy breasts your posture can be improved. Large breasts can lead to uncomfortable rashes where the skin rubs against each otherand a breast reduction reduces the risk of this happening. More options in swimwear and clothing could become available to you by having smaller breasts 

These benefits and more can lead to an increased level of comfort and self-confidence in your everyday life.  

Are there any risks?

All surgical procedures pose a potential risk, and it is important know what these are before you go ahead so that you can weigh them up against the benefits your procedure could bring. During your consultations you will talk through these potential complications and you can ask any questions that you have about them.

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As a guide, these risks may include bleeding, infections, bruising, numbness, scars and rupture.   

Is it right for me?

If you are unhappy and uncomfortable with the size of your breasts then breast reduction surgery may be right for you. 

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Large breasts can mean that you have persistent back, neck and shoulder pain, you struggle to find clothing that fits properly, you may be tired of tight bra straps digging into your shoulders, and may also have discomfort when running or playing sports.  


The Hospital Group is a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, so we understand that each procedure is different and tailored to your requirements and individual needs. At your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to discuss the surgery with you and let you know the cost.

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Fast Facts

Surgery Time: 2 - 4 hours
Time Off Work: 1 - 2 weeks
Hospital Stay: Up to 2 nights
Full Recovery: From 6 weeks
Compression Bra: Wear for 6 weeks
Exercise: After 8 weeks
Scarring: Concealed along the crease of the breast
Final Results: 6 months

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Patient Stories

Lauren Chadwick

Lauren Chadwick, 21, had breast reduction surgery at The Hospital Group. She first considered treatment a few years ago, as she never really felt confident with her body.

Patient Stories

Nicola Boss

Just like many of her female relatives, Nicola, 39, had large breasts. She had always felt uncomfortable with their size.



Breast Reduction FAQs

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Will I have scars from breast reduction surgery?
After breast reduction surgery, it’s quite natural to see some scarring where you’ve had incisions. However, these will fade over time and our cosmetic surgeons take care to ensure the incisions are made in areas where any scars would be discreet.
Will breast reduction lift my breasts?
We can do a breast uplift as part of your breast reduction when it is wanted and needed for you to achieve the look you want.
Will breast reduction help me lose weight?
Breast reduction surgery involves removing excess breast tissue and fat, so it will remove some of the weight from your chest and help you feel more comfortable. However, this type of procedure isn’t there to help you lose weight. We do offer weight loss surgery if this is something you’re interested in.
Will breast reduction help with back pain?
If the weight of your breasts has been causing you back pain, then a reduction can help to relieve some of this discomfort.
Will breast reduction affect breastfeeding?
There is a chance that breast reduction could affect your ability to breastfeed. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss this with you at your initial consultation if you are concerned about this.
Is breast reduction surgery painful?
You won’t feel any pain during your breast reduction surgery because you’ll be under general anaesthetic. Afterwards, it’s quite normal to feel a bit sore for a few days, but we’ll be there to give you all the advice and support you need.
Is breast reduction surgery safe?
Our cosmetic surgeons are highly experienced, so they’ll ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible and without complications. While breast reduction, as with all types of surgery, comes with some level of risk, your surgeon will discuss this with you at your first consultation and help to allay the fears you might have.
What’s involved in breast reduction surgery?
During your breast reduction procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will make incisions in your breasts and carefully remove excess skin and breast tissue to give you a smaller bust. They’ll also reshape your breasts and reposition your nipples to raise your bustline.
Is a breast reduction right for me?
A breast reduction is usually performed for physical relief to help reduce the patient’s physical discomfort or any embarrassment caused by very large or sagging breasts.
How long does breast reduction surgery take?
Breast reduction surgery usually takes around two hours under general anaesthetic.
Can you treat ‘man boobs’?
Yes, there is a separate procedure for male breast reduction, or gynaecomastia, which can create a sleek, trim physique by removing the excess fat and skin from the chest area. Read more about our gynaecomastia procedure.
What are the side effects of breast reduction surgery?
After your surgery, it’s quite normal to feel a bit sore and bruised. Your cosmetic surgeon will talk to you about this, as well as other potential risks related to this procedure when you come for your first consultation. They’ll be able to answer any questions you have and relieve your worries.
How long is the recovery period?
All cosmetic surgery is associated with bruising, so you should expect this for 7-10 days after your breast reduction. Some patients remain bruised for longer and in rare cases for up to a month or more. You may start to see the results quickly, but you will not see the final benefits of your surgery for many months.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Following the procedure, you’ll normally need to stay in hospital for two nights.
How much smaller can my breasts become?
Each patient’s breast reduction surgery is different. Your surgeon will examine you and discuss the achievable reduction in size.
How much does breast reduction surgery cost?

Because everyone is unique and has different needs, we’ll give you a personalised quotation for your breast reduction when you come for your first consultation.

Next steps

Your Journey Step by Step

Your first appointment

Your journey with The Hospital Group begins with a free telephone consultation with our friendly surgeon assistants. During this conversation you can talk through why you are interested in surgery, how much it costs, how much recovery time you will need, and potential surgery dates. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500.

If you would like to proceed, we will book your surgical consultation.

Surgical consultation

During this consultation you will talk about your goals for surgery and go through your medical history to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. You will also discuss the results you might expect, as well as the possible risks and complications of surgery. Our specialist surgeons are extremely knowledgeable, so they can answer any questions you might have.

If you feel you would like to go ahead, you will then be referred to a clinic nurse for pre-operative assessments and tests.

The surgery

You will see your surgeon on the day of your surgery so that you can talk through any final questions and read through the consent form. The whole surgical team will be introduced to you before heading into theatre for the procedure.

The specifics of the surgery will be discussed prior to the day – you will find out how long it will take, the types of anaesthetics used, and they will talk you through the procedure itself.


The surgeon will let you know whether you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. You might feel swollen and tender for a while, but this is completely normal and should settle fairly quickly. We’ll provide any pain relief you need whilst you’re in hospital.

Your nurse will call you once you get home to make sure you feel okay and book you in for your post-operative review in the clinic when needed. We’ll also give you our 24/7 patient helpline number so that you can speak to a member of the clinical team at any time.


At The Hospital Group, we offer a full package of aftercare support with all our cosmetic surgery procedures to give you complete peace of mind. You’ll benefit from the following aftercare: unlimited post-op appointments with a member of our clinical team whenever you need them, surgical cover for 2 years, with an additional 3 years available for breast procedures – revision surgery where clinically indicated, additional days’ stay in hospital when needed, additional medication and dressings at no extra cost, and emergency telephone support which you can use at any time.

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