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A breast reduction is an operation to make your breasts smaller and, sometimes, to improve their shape.
Your breasts should be smaller and have a better shape.
If you are overweight, you may be able to reduce the size of your breasts by losing weight.
You may find it easier to cope with large breasts by wearing a custom-made bra or corset.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 90 minutes. Your surgeon will make a cut on the line of the areola (the darker area around your nipple) and a vertical cut underneath your areola. They will remove some of your breast tissue, excess fat and skin. Your surgeon will reshape your breast and lift your nipple so it is in a higher position (see figure 1).
Your breasts may look discoloured and will feel firm and swollen.
You should be able to go home the next day. You should be able to return to normal activities after two to three weeks.
You should be able to return to work after a week, depending on your type of work. 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 return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
The results of a breast reduction improve gradually over time. Your breasts should become softer and more natural.
A breast reduction is an operation to make your breasts smaller. It is suitable only for certain women. You should consider the options carefully and have realistic expectations about the results.
Bilateral breast reduction (female) (both breasts) from £5,810
Unilateral breast reduction (female) (one breast) from £4,310
Male breast reduction (gynaecomastia) (both breasts) from £4,485
Unilateral male breast reduction (gynaecomastia) (one breast) from £3,600
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Author: Mr Eoin O’Broin MD FRCS (Plast.)
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