Breast Reduction

Breasts that are in proportion to the rest of your body

Large breasts can dominate a woman's appearance and make you look unbalanced and make exercise difficult or even impossible to do.

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure for reshaping exceptionally large breasts surgically to increase your comfort and satisfaction. Overly large breasts frequently have a considerable effect on self-confidence and can even affect personal relationships. The aim of surgery is to give you smaller, more shapely breasts that are in proportion to the rest of your body.

What is the procedure?

The most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola and extends down in a vertical line. It will then follow the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast. Excess breast tissue, fat and skin are then removed and the nipples and remaining underlying tissues are then moved to a new higher location. The skin from both sides of the breast is then brought down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast before being sutured.

Could I be a suitable candidate for breast reduction?

If you are suffering from psychological distress and physical discomfort as a result of having large breasts, a breast reduction operation may be necessary.

Physical problems may include:

  • Skin problems
  • Poor posture
  • Excessive sweating and rashes
  • Backache
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder ache
  • Infections under the breasts
  • Weals or grooves on the shoulders from bra straps
  • An inability to exercise or take part in sports

Psychological distress can include:

  • Difficulty in finding clothes that fit
  • Depression
  • Unwanted attention
  • Harassment
  • Self-consciousness

Can men have breast reduction surgery too?

Yes. Some men who have large breasts may need to have male breast reduction surgery, which is a procedure called a gynaecomastia. Unlike for women, male breast reductions are usually required to flatten the breast area.

Will I really look and feel better after breast reduction?

Your expectations need to be realistic. Most patients are pleased with the outcome and find they have smaller, lighter, and firmer breasts. You will be freed from the physical discomfort of large breasts and your body will be better proportioned, therefore in most cases giving a new-found confidence.

Breast reduction surgery can result in:

  • Improved balance in size and shape
  • Greater ease in finding clothing that fits evenly across the chest
  • Improved sense of comfort, particularly in body-conscious clothing

Contact a featured cosmetic surgeon today

Every year, thousands of people throughout the UK benefit enormously from breast reduction surgery, but only through an in-depth discussion with your surgeon will you be able to truly understand the benefits, risks and expected outcomes of this procedure.

You will find further information on breast reduction surgery in our cosmetic surgery guide