Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery, often referred to as a ‘boob job’, is a cosmetic operation to make your breasts smaller, and sometimes to improve their shape. For many women suffering the effects of overly large breasts, a breast reduction can offer relief, a new shape and reinvigorated confidence. Read More

Physical problems such as back & neck pain and bad posture can also be improved through such a procedure. The operation involves making small incisions under your breasts to remove excess skin and tissue. Your surgeon will then reshape and re-position your breasts to lift and firm them.

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Breast Reduction may also be necessary to re-position your nipples to compliment your new breast shape and create a natural result. The operation will be performed under a general anaesthetic and you will usually need to stay in the hospital for one night. Read More

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 2 to 3 hours. Your surgeon will make a cut on the line of the areola (the dark area around the nipple) and a vertical cut underneath your areola. They will remove some of the breast tissue, and the excess fat and skin. Your surgeon will reshape your breast and lift your nipple so it is in a higher position.

Possible complications any operation carries certain risks of pain, bleeding, hematoma, infection to surgical wounds and blood clots. More specific to breast reduction surgery, however, are the following:

  • Nipple Circulation and Sensation: loss may be partial or complete
  • Fat Necrosis 3 %
  • Scars: Unsightly scarring
  • Asymmetry: it is impossible to obtain a perfect match of the shape, volume and position of the breasts and areolas.
  • Breast Feeding: usually affects the ability to breastfeed.

Recovery from Breast Reduction

After a breast reduction, London based surgeon Mohammad Jawad of the R5 Aesthetics says that you should be able to go home the next day. Most women return to normal activities within two to three weeks after breast reduction. Read More

R5 Aesthetics advises that you should be able to return to work after the first week, depending on your type of job. You should be able to do a limited amount of activity, such as lifting young children, after about two weeks.

Regular exercise should help you to resume normal activities as soon as possible after breast reduction. We recommend that you ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice before you start exercising. The results of a breast reduction improve gradually over time. Your breasts should become softer and more natural.

Summary of Procedure

A breast reduction is a cosmetic operation to make your breasts smaller. It is only suitable for certain women. You should consider the options carefully and have realistic expectations about the results.

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Length of Surgery 3 – 3.5 hours

Anaesthesia General anesthetic. Can be a day case or overnight, but the procedure is always performed in a hospital operating theatre.
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Types of Scars to expect Vertical or T-shaped scar.

What to expect immediately after the operation Drains, pain and discomfort, supportive bra.

Risks / Complications: Hematoma < 1%, bruising and swelling, altered/loss of sensation in nipples, partial or complete loss of nipple circulation, wound breakdown at T-junction.


  • 2 weeks off work.
  • Exercise/walk/ lower torso 4-6 weeks with support.
  • Avoid travelling long distances.
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  • Massage /Scar Management as soon as the wound healed 10-14 days.
  • Wound check and change of dressing after 1 week.
  • After 2 weeks, no dressing required in most of the cases – just covers with Micropore tape
  • Support shaped bra without underwiring for 3 months.
  • Scars will be raised, lumpy, itchy, painful and red to begin with. Full recovery after 3 months.

Post Surgery Advice

  • Use recommended painkillers as required.
  • After a few days any gauze dressings can be removed and you may need to wear a surgical bra. It should be worn as directed by the surgeon.
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  • Physical contact should be avoided for the first week or so as your breasts will be feeling very sensitive.
  • Your surgeon will advise when to begin exercising and normal activities
  • Contact your surgeon immediately if you notice any signs of infection or if you experience bleeding or a sudden increase in pain.
  • To improve the healing of scars, patients should consider: Massage; moisturizing cream such as E45/Nivea; micropore tape across healed area; silicon gel or sheet (we recommend Kelocote Gel); supportive bra; no underwire bra for 3 months and healed area must be taped if underwire bra is to be worn for further 2 months.

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