Breast Reduction

The procedure can also be combined with other procedures such as an areola reduction, breast augmentation, and breast uplift.

The procedure can also be combined with other procedures such as an areola reduction, breast augmentation, and breast uplift.


The technique used to reduce the size of your breasts will depend on several factors including your pre-existing anatomy, laxity of the skin, the extent of your reduction, your personal preferences and the surgeon’s recommendations.

A breast reduction is usually performed under general anaesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon will make an anchor-shaped incision that encircles the areola, extends downwards and follows the natural curve of the crease below the breast. The surgeon will remove excess glandular tissue, fat and skin before moving the nipples and areolas to their new position.

Skin from both sides of the breast is brought up and around the new areola to shape the contour of your breast.

Breast Reduction FAQ

Who is the procedure suitable for?

You might consider a breast reduction for practical reasons such as if your breasts are large enough to be causing back and neck pain. You might also experience poor posture and painful rashes or sweating underneath the breasts.

Others may desire a breast reduction for aesthetic reasons and find their appearance undesirable. You may also wish to combine a breast reduction with other types of breast surgery depending on the desires of their cosmetic outcome. 

Since your breasts can fluctuate in size and shape with pregnancy or if you’re considering losing a vast amount of weight, you may wish to wait until you have done so before you proceed with your operation. 

When can results be seen and are they permanent?

The results from a breast reduction surgery will be visible immediately – you should notice an immediate reduction in their size.

How long is recovery?

After your breast reduction surgery, you may feel a little sore and tender for the first few days. 

Typical side effects might include swelling, bruising, pain and discomfort, which usually resides within two weeks. 

You will be required to wear a surgical support garment during the first few days, which can eventually be replaced with a sports bra during your recovery. You may also be required to have surgical drainage to remove any excess blood or fluid.

You may desire to book a week or so off from work and arrange for friends or family to help you with manual tasks as you should avoid anything strenuous such as lifting or exercise for up to six weeks. 

Recovery rates vary from patient to patient, and scarring may be slightly raised and pink to begin with but should fade over time. You will have several follow-up consultations to check on the progress of your operation. 

How long does the procedure take?

A breast reduction can take up to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. 

Side effects and risks

Loss or changes in breast or nipple sensations

Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction surgery?

The surgery does impact the milk ducts, and so the outcome is case dependent. Usually, the nipples will remain attached during the operation so you should still be able to breastfeed. If your nipple is removed and reattached, then this may inhibit your chances of being able to breastfeed. Therefore, some surgeons may suggest that you wait until after your last childbirth before considering surgery.

Will there be scarring from my breast reduction surgery?

Your scarring will be partly dependent on the type of incision used. Usually, there are three incisions involved: one around the areola, one that runs vertically from the areola to underneath the breast, and thirdly, one under the natural crease line of the breast.

Other techniques can reduce the appearance of the vertical part of the scar. 

Will a breast reduction increase the risk of breast cancer?

While breast reduction surgery doesn’t increase the chances of breast cancer, if there is a family history of breast cancer, you may be required to have a pre and post-op mammogram to detect changes in breast tissue.

Breast Reduction Before and After

Breast Reduction Disclaimer

BEFORE & AFTER photos are NOT guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: your results will likely vary to some degree — because you are a unique person. Our experts take great pride in their patient care ethics, precise surgical measurements, custom planning & their advanced surgical techniques.

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