Procedure Name: Breast Reduction

Anaesthetic: General  

Duration of Surgery:  3 hours

Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks

Prices from: £5,450


What is the best age to have a reduction?

Age is not a determining factor in whether or not you will be suitable for breast reduction surgery. You can choose this surgery at any age if you feel that the size of your breasts is impacting on your life negatively. It is not uncommon for younger women to have breast reduction surgery, nor is it uncommon for older women to have a reduction, who wish they had done it sooner.

Will a reduction lift my breasts and nipples?

All reduction surgeries will involve an uplift and reshaping procedure to raise the height of the nipple and improve the shape of the breast. A reduction can also reduce breast asymmetry.

Can I have surgery if I am overweight?

To avoid complications from surgery, you should be at or close to your ideal weight. For some women, large breasts can cause limitations on the level of exercise they can achieve and will find it easier to do once they have had breast reduction surgery.

What about breast feeding after surgery?

Breast reductions can be performed before or after a pregnancy. Many women are still able to breast feed after surgery however you should be prepared that there is a chance you may not be able to breast feed as a result of your reduction.

I’m worried about scarring – will they reduce?

Scarring will occur as a result of breast reduction surgery. Before making your decision you should actively research before and after pictures of breast reduction scarring in order to make an informed choice about whether this is the right procedure for you. It can take up to 18 months for a scar to fully mature, sometimes longer.

How do you lift the nipple area?

To move nipples up to a higher position, a cut is made around them. The nipple will still be attached to the underlying breast tissue to maintain a blood supply. The tissue will then be repositioned with the nipple attached so that it can sit at a higher level.

What will the recovery be like?

Surgery can be carried out as a day case or with an overnight stay. You will need to be seen one week after surgery and then again to have your stiches removed. You should partake in any strenuous exercise for at least six weeks after surgery.

How long will it take for the procedure to settle?

It will take up to six months before your breasts look rounded and will continue to improve for up to 18 months.

What to expect

Following surgery, patients can expect some pain and discomfort, but this can be managed with medication. Minor bruising, swelling, and a numb sensation will likely affect the breasts and nipples within the first few weeks after your procedure. Stitches are typically removed within 10 days of surgery. You are usually able to return to normal routines within a few days to a week.

You should not expect to see overnight results and it could take up to six months for the final shape of your breasts to become apparent.

Any concerns can be answered by our surgeons before the revision is carried out.


Whether you have had or considering breast implants – please take some time to read through the advice on aftercare.

Departing Cosmedicare

You will be provided with:

• Any medication required
• Spare dressings
• Follow up appointment

Post-Surgical Bras

Cosmedicare will guide you on how to pick a good surgical bra that will support and provide comfort after surgery. You can find excellent surgical bras in high street stores such as Marks and Spencer’s and Matalan!

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• Don’t drive home yourself – arrangements can be made for a private driver to take you home.
• Rest as much as possible.
• A balanced diet will be key!
• Take your prescribed medication.
• Avoid drinking and smoking.

Going back to work

You can usually return to work after 1-2 weeks off, however your plastic surgeon will be able to advise you better as each case is different.

Day to day activities

Showering. You may wash after you return home however it is important not to soak your dressings.

Drive. You should not drive for at least a week after surgery as you will be on pain medication.

Sleep. Ensure you are comfortable and try not to sleep on your tummy for at least three weeks.

Exercise. Give your arms a rest! You should not use your arms to support your body for the first few days. Contact sport should be avoided for at least a couple of months.

When to Call

If your concerned something is not right you should call us if:

Your swelling is not healing.
You have redness along the incision (this could be an infection).
You are having symptoms from your prescribed medication.
You have a high temperature.
Your incisions are secreting discharge.
You have excessive bleeding.

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Risks you should consider

Not uncommon risks include delayed wound healing and asymmetry.

Uncommon risks include infections (which can be settled with antibiotics).

As pregnancy and breastfeeding can stretch the skin of the breasts, our plastic surgeons can discuss alternatives to breast lift surgery for women who are planning to have children in the future to ensure the decisions you make today and not regretted in the future.

More risks will be outlined to you during the consultation process.