Breast Procedure

Breast Reduction

Large breasts can be a huge problem, The excess weight causes neck ache, back and shoulder pain, soreness under the breasts, as well as bra strap pain.

Women find it difficult to find clothes that fit, exercise and swimming is difficult, and the excess size can be embarrassing, often attracting the ‘wrong type of attention’

Breast Reduction is a highy effective procedure to allieviate these problems, provided you are willing to trade the large size for smaller breasts with scars.

At a Glance

Treatment Time

3 hours under general anaesthsia. Home the same day.

Reasons for Doing This

Oversized, disporoportionate breasts, with resulting pain, discomfort, soreness, as well as associated psychological and emotional issues.


2 to 3 weeks off work, a support bra will need to be worn for 6 weeks. You can shower the day after surgery.

Sport & Exercise

Refrain from heavy duty sports for 4 to 6 weeks.


Results are usually lifelong. Rarely, breasts can enlarge over time, and a repeat operation might be deemed necessary.

Reasons to Avoid

Uncertainty about scarring (around the nipple, down from it, and under the breast (in the breast crease)

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What to expect on the day

Breast Reduction is carried out under general anaesthesia (with you fully asleep). The idea is to remove a ‘wedge’ shape of breast tissue and fold things back together to leave a smaller breast. The areola can be reduced in diameter and the breast tends to be lifted overall too.

Scars are left around the nipple, going downwads and then under the breast, in the inframammary crease. These scars do fade, but they never disappear entirely. However, they are all hidden inside the bra/bikini line.


What to expect on the day

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common way to do a breast reduction (especially when there is a lot of tissue to reduce), is by leaving an ‘anchor’ scar – this is called a ‘Wise Pattern’, with a scar around the nipple, vertically down from the nipple, and all the way underneath the breast (in the breast crease/fold).

Yes, but, don’t expect a huge lift. The upper part of the breast is filled more, giving a more natural fullness, rathe than anything approaching a ‘fake’ look.

Almost never. It is very rare for us to use drains in any breast operation, but never say never…

Nav has not used a drain in a cosmetic breast operation for over 10 years!

All stitches are dissolving, unless you hve a history of reacting to sutures (please tell us!), in which case it is better to use non-dissolving stitches and remove them after a week or so.

Really simple – we use paper tape to cover all stitch lines. We might use a little gauze padding over this, if there is a little oozing etc.

You will wake up wearing a support bra as well.

We advise 6 weeks, 24/7.

But, please get into the habit of wearing a bra 24/7 anyway. It probably helps your breasts stay young looking, and droop less over the years. Others disagree with this, but Nav says his experience is that bras are a good thing (for life!)

Wait until swelling has mostly settled – this usually takes 6 to 12 weeks.

If you buy lots of bras too soon, and there is still a lot of swelling, they may end up too small, and you will end up spending lots of money all over again.

Yes, after a few weeks, once the stitch lines are all nicely healed (with no raw areas or scabbing etc).

The wire might feel sore after a few hours, so if you are going to go out wearing a wired bra for the first time, take your trusted support bra in your bag, with you. You might have to do a quick change to avoid ruining the whole evening!

We do our best to even things up, but keep in mind that breasts are always different left vs right, and this will also be the case after surgery. They hopefully won’t be very different, but a small, natural difference will remain.

Breasts are sisters, not twins!

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