Breast Reduction

Other Name: Mammoplasty
Patient Satisfaction: 96%*
Procedure Time: 1.5 - 3 hours
Return to Work: 2 weeks
Recovery Time: 6-8 weeks

Let Your Body Talk

Breast Reduction

Other Name: Mammoplasty
Patient Satisfaction: 96%*
Procedure Time: 1.5 - 3 hours
Return to Work: 2 weeks
Recovery Time: 6-8 weeks

Let Your Body Talk

  • Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to remove parts of the breast tissue to reduce the size of the breasts and / or change the shape.
  • The procedure is most commonly performed on females with very large breasts and aims to establish a proportional bust in line with the upper body.
  • It is important that all patients understand what is involved in breast reduction as there are many factors to consider, including the makeup of breast tissue and the areola, in order to keep boob sensation and secretion of milk in motherhood.
  • Patients often opt for breast reduction surgery if they are unhappy with the size of their boobs or if they are suffering symptoms caused by the oversized breasts.
  • Surgery of this kind (also referred to as a boob reduction), reduces the volume and weight of the boobs.
  • Often very large breasts can be uncomfortable and bring about strain on both the mental and physical state of females.
  • Oversized breasts are also reported as suppressing self confidence and affects women on a daily basis, such as limiting the clothes they can wear, or activity levels including some sports and running.
  • A breast reduction can be performed on one or both of the breasts and each case is assessed on a patient by patient basis.
  • It is not uncommon for some women to have one breast significantly larger than the other, and therefore the larger breast is reduced with reduction mammoplasty.

Breast Reduction: At A Glance

Surgery Time:

1.5 - 3 hours

Time Off Work:

2 weeks

Hospital Stay:

2 nights

Compression Garments:

Sports bra worn for 2 weeks


4-6 weeks

Sexual Activity:

Restricted activity after 4 weeks

Recovery Time:

6-8 weeks

Why Do People Have it?

The aim of breast reduction surgery is to remove excess fat and skin from very large breasts to that they are more in proportion with the rest of your body. Below is a list of reasons why you may decide to have your breasts reduced:

• Relieve pain and discomfort
• Stop skin rashes and irritation associated with large hanging breasts
• Boost self confidence
• Wear clothing that fits more comfortably
• Exercise more comfortably, particularly jogging / walking
• Divert unwanted attention away from breast area
• Breast reduction surgery can also be combined with other procedures such as mastopexy (uplift) and areola reduction depending on your needs and goals.
• Your surgeon will advise you on the combined procedures that will most suit your needs and desired results.

Who is Suitable?

If you are unhappy with the size of your large breasts, you may be an ideal candidate for breast reduction surgery. Below is a list to use as a guide for suitable candidates:

  • You are female over the age of 18 with large breasts
  • You are experiencing pain or discomfort because of your large breasts
  • You struggle to fit in to items of clothing
  • You feel self conscious about the size of your breasts and receive unwanted attention as a result
  • You are a non-smoker or have not used nicotine products for a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • You have a desire to alter the way your breasts look
  • One breast is much larger than the other
  • You should be mentally and physically healthy before undergoing surgery and if you are planning on having children, you may wish to delay your surgery until childbearing is complete.
  • If you feel you are a suitable candidate for surgery, check with your cosmetic surgeon to see if your aesthetic goals are realistic with breast reduction alone as some patients choose combined surgery for a better aesthetic outcome.

What to expect:


A breast reduction consultation lasts around 20 minutes to one hour. It is an opportunity to find out everything you need to know about having your breasts reduced in size along with undergoing a medical examination of your breasts, nipples, areola and upper body proportion.

During a consultation, you will discuss the reasons for wanting a breast reduction along with any goals and outcomes you wish to achieve. It is important to be honest and ask every possible question you can think of so that there are no doubts about proceeding with surgery. Your surgeon will need to know about your medical history and any conditions or allergies you may have. You will also be made aware of any risks and complications related to reduction mammaplasty.

When having your physical assessment, you will be asked about family and personal breast screening whilst your surgeon checks:

• The quality and quantity of your breast tissue
• Your current breast size and shape
• The desired size and shape of your breasts after surgery

What are the risks?

Breast reduction surgery comes with a number of risks and potential complications. It is very important that you are aware of the risks before proceeding with your procedure. Below is a list of complications associated with reduction mammaplasty:

• Scars
• Bruising
• Bleeding
• Numbness
• Infection
• Blood clot
• Seroma
• Tissue injury
• Undesired results
• Bottoming out (breast tissue at the base of the breast drops down below the nipple)

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