Breast Reduction

Our bodies come in all shapes and sizes.

The size of your breasts is determined by a number of factors, including genes, hormones and body frame. If your breasts are disproportionately large, this can have a huge impact on your self-confidence.

As well as helping you feel better about your body, breast reduction surgery may help with problems caused by excessively large breasts, including:

  • Backache
  • Neck pain
  • Skin irritation
  • Poor posture
  • Excessive sweating, rashes and skin infections under the breasts
  • Grooves on the shoulders from bra straps
  • An inability to exercise or take part in sports

The first step is to have an initial consultation with one of our specialists. Book your appointment here, or call us on 01622 914 420.

What to expect from breast reduction surgery

  • Should I have breast reduction surgery?
    There are many reasons why someone may choose to have a breast reduction, including back and neck pain as a result of large breasts, uneven breasts and low self-confidence.
    However, it is always important to consider why you want to have surgery and what difference it will make to you if you go ahead. During your initial consultation with your surgeon, you will be able to discuss every aspect of breast reduction surgery which should help you to make a decision.
  • How much does breast reduction surgery cost?
    At KIMS Hospital we offer a guide price of £5,550.
    This is a fixed price package that includes the consultant’s fee for performing the procedure, anaesthetic fees, follow-up consultations and all hospital costs including theatre time, nursing care and length of stay.

    The guide price is based on a typical bilateral (both breasts) breast reduction, so the price may change following your consultation with your surgeon depending on whether you require a unilateral (one breast) reduction or another variation of the procedure. We understand that every patient is different and that costs can vary, so we will be able to give an accurate quote following your consultation with your surgeon.

    Once you have made the decision to go ahead with surgery, payment will be taken upfront. Our fixed price guarantee means there are no hidden costs and you can have peace of mind this is taken care of ahead of your surgery so you can concentrate on your treatment and recovery. Not everyone will have the funds to be able to pay for their surgery upfront. We offer 0% finance options which can help you spread the cost of your surgery over time.

    It is important to note that your initial consultation with your surgeon is not included within the package price. Your surgeon will invoice you separately for this. However, if you require a further consultation to answer any outstanding questions you may have, this will be free of charge.

  • What size will I be reduced to?
    This will depend on the effect you want to achieve. Your consultant will discuss this with you and guide you on the best size to suit you and your frame.
  • What does the surgery involve?
    A breast reduction typically takes around two to four hours for both breasts to be reduced. You will be under general anaesthetic, and you will be given antibiotics to help reduce any risk of infection. Your consultant will cut around the line of your areola (the dark area around your nipple) and then continue down vertically to remove the excess fat and tissue.

    Your breast will then be reshaped and the nipple re-positioned higher for an optimum shape. If your breasts are larger, you may well have an ‘anchor-shaped’ scar, as the consultant will cut along the crease under the breast. In some situations the nipple will be completely removed before re-positioning.

    On recovery you will find that drains have been inserted to assist with healing. You will have dissolvable stiches, which will take up to two or three weeks to go. Your breasts may be bandaged for support; you can take these off after a few days and wear a soft bra (not an underwired or sports bra). Your breasts will appear discoloured and feel very tender and swollen; this is normal and will go in time.

    You will be able to go home the day after your breast reduction procedure. Be prepared to take it easy for several days afterwards, but you should be able to return to work after a week (as long as it’s not a very physical job). It is important you do not do any hard physical exercise for at least three weeks.

  • How long will I stay in hospital?
    Most breast reduction patients will need to stay overnight. Usually tubes will be inserted into your breasts during surgery to drain away excess fluid and blood following the procedure. These will need to be removed before you leave hospital; this is very quick and you will only feel a mild discomfort. However, your consultant will be able to discuss all of this with you before we book you for surgery.
  • How long does it take to recover after surgery and will I be in pain?
    Recovery time will vary from patient to patient, but in two to four weeks after surgery you should be able to get back to work, although it is recommended to avoid any strenuous activity or lifting heavy items.

    You should also have healed enough for you to see the initial results of your surgery but it may take up to six months for everything to settle completely. You should expect some pain and discomfort following surgery and you will be prescribed pain medication for this.

    Your breasts will be sensitive and swollen for several weeks but this will settle as the healing continues and your consultant will be able to discuss this aspect of your treatment at your consultation.

  • Will there be scars following surgery and how long will they take to disappear?
    There will be some scarring caused by the incisions your surgeon will need to make in order to remove excess breast tissue. This usually occurs in an anchor shape around the nipple, vertical line from nipple to under the breast and, if required, a horizontal line in the crease of the breast. Your surgeon will discuss this and show you where your scars will be ahead of your surgery. Every patient is different, and whilst the scars will gradually fade over time and become much less noticeable, they will always be there.
  • Will I be able to breast feed after breast reduction surgery?
    Efforts to preserve milk producing tissue will be made during surgery, however there is a high probability that breast feeding may not be possible following surgery. It is important to discuss this in detail with your surgeon during your initial consultation if you have any concerns.
  • Will the breast reduction be affected by weight gain or loss?
    Significant weight gain or loss could impact on the size and shape of your breasts following surgery. You should discuss this with your surgeon at your initial consultation should you have any concerns about future weight goals or pregnancy.
  • Are there any risks associated with breast reduction surgery?
    As with all surgery, there are risks associated with breast reduction. The main risks are infection, bleeding, and loss of sensation in the nipples. Your surgeon will discuss all the potential risks with you during your consultation and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

    Please remember though that at KIMS Hospital your care is our number one priority and we will look after you for as long as necessary.If there is a problem which is directly linked to your procedure we would ask for you to come back to see your consultant for a review. We will then ensure you are treated free of charge for any clinical complications.

Payment to suit you with 0% and fixed rate interest options

Following an appointment with your Consultant, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your treatment. With interest free finance at Representative 0% APR (fixed) along with longer term fixed rate loans, there is an option for everyone.

Our Consultants

  • Mr Simon Mackey

    BSc (Hons) MBBS FRCS (Plas)

    • Brachioplasty
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Browlift
    • Dermal fillers
    • Facelift
    • Pinnaplasty
    • Tummy Tuck
    • Wrinkle relaxing injections
  • Mr Oliver Harley

    MBBS, BSc, MBA, FRCS Ed (Plastic Surgery)

    • Brachioplasty
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Browlift
    • Dermal fillers
    • Facelift
    • Pinnaplasty
    • Tummy Tuck
  • Mr Haresh Devalia

    MBBS MS DNB MSc (Cardiff) FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Mastectomy
    • One Stop Breast Clinic
    • Wide Local Excisions
  • Mr Abdul Kasem

    MD MRCS FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Eng)

    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Mastectomy
    • One Stop Breast Clinic
    • Wide Local Excisions
  • Mr Mohsin Dani

    MBBS  FRCS (Ed)  MS (General Surgery)

    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Mastectomy
    • One Stop Breast Clinic
    • Wide Local Excisions
  • Miss Delilah Hassanally

    BSc (Hons) MSc MBBS FRCS (Eng)

    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Mastectomy
    • One Stop Breast Clinic
    • Wide Local Excisions