Breast Reduction

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Procedure time

1.5 to 3 hours

Overnight stay

1 to 2 nights


General anaesthetic

Final results

6 - 12 months

Breast reduction overview

What is a breast reduction?

A breast reduction, which is also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts. It is often referred to as a “boob reduction”. It is important to have a good understanding of the surgery before you go in for your operation. This breast reduction overview will provide you with a short introduction.

What can a breast reduction achieve?

You may consider having a breast reduction if your breasts are causing you physical discomfort, or you are unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts. A breast reduction can help:

  • Balance a difference in breast size
  • Achieve a more desirable look
  • Relieve a feeling of unwanted attention.

Many women may choose to have this procedure done if their breasts are causing them unpleasant physical symptoms such as:

  • Neck, back and/or shoulder pain
  • Skin irritation under the breast fold
  • Problems with clothing
  • Skin indentation from bra straps
  • Difficulties and discomfort during exercise.

Your surgeon may also choose to combine your breast reduction with a breast uplift and/or a nipple and areola reduction. This is so that they can achieve an overall more aesthetically pleasing result.

Who are BAPRAS and BAAPS?

When looking for a plastic surgeon to perform your breast reduction, make sure you choose one that is a member of either BAAPS or BAPRAS. BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and BAPRAS (The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) are the two leading societies for plastic surgeons in the UK. Surgeons belonging to these societies receive regular training which keeps their skills up to date.
We strongly advise that you check if your surgeon is a member of either BAAPS or BAPRAS before you have your procedure.

Surgery results and benefits vary per individual.
Specific results cannot be guaranteed.