Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery can help reduce the size, weight and volume of large breasts, alongside improving their shape.
As well as removing excess breast tissue, the procedure often involves removing a section of skin and repositioning the nipples at the same time, to create a more uplifted shape.
There’s a number of reasons why people might consider breast reduction surgery. For some women, large breasts can be a source of significant discomfort and psychological distress – impacting their self-confidence and wellbeing, affecting what clothes they can wear and stopping them doing sports and activities they enjoy. Large breasts can also be a source of back and shoulder pain and cause issues such as chafing and skin infections as a result of sweat gathering beneath the breasts. Heavier breasts are more prone to premature sagging too and can affect the posture. While surgery is often a big decision, the results can be life-changing. The procedure can also help men affected by excess breast tissue.
Before going ahead, you’ll have a consultation to discuss your goals and what results to expect, as well as what the surgery and aftercare entails. The procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, and involves incisions being made in the crease under the breasts, and often also in a vertical line beneath the nipple and around the nipple. There will be some scarring but this should fade significantly over time.
You may need to stay in hospital for one or two nights and have a week off work afterwards to recover. You’ll also need to avoid things like heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for a while, while your body heals.