Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is a surgery designed to reduce the size of, and reshape breasts. It can be a life-changing surgery and many patients wondered why they waited so long!

It can reduce back and neck pain, make shopping for clothes easier, increase the range of sports and exercises you can do comfortably and improve overall self-esteem.


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Why should I consider a breast reduction?

Breast reduction is a surgery designed to reduce, lift and reshape breasts and in doing so reduces the pain and heaviness associated with large breasts, whilst improving the appearance of your breasts.

If you’ve ever had neck or back pain that comes from a heavy chest, if you have trouble buying bras and clothes that fit both your breasts and you, if you’ve ever been limited in the activities that you want to undertake because of the pain and jiggling of your breasts then a breast reduction may be right for you.

Am I suitable for a Breast Reduction?

If you are healthy and have large breasts then you may well be suitable for a breast reduction. You must be a non-smoker as the risks of surgery are much higher in smokers.

I do not have an age limit for breast reduction, and I have performed this on women from as young as 16 right up to women in their 70’s. If a young woman is near her ideal body weight and has very large breasts weight loss will not shrink them and they may continue to grow. Older women usually choose this surgery for health and lifestyle reasons.

Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?

Because breast tissue is removed during a breast reduction you may experience difficulties breast feeding. If you become pregnant after your breast reduction surgery it is worth trying to breast-feed if you wish. Many patients have no trouble breast-feeding after breast reduction but you must not have your heart set on it. If it is very important to you that you breast feed, I would suggest waiting until after you have had your family before undergoing the surgery. Many patients can partially breast feed but need to supplement.

Will I get scars?

There have been significant advances in the techniques used for breast reduction surgery over the last several years. I mainly use a vertical design which has a ‘lollipop’ or ‘squash racquet’ shape. I do this to reduce scarring and improve the shape. However, if your breast shape dictates, I will use the ‘anchor’ shaped incisions.

Individuals do scar differently due to their bodies response to trauma. Whilst abnormal scars may occur, information will be given to you to optimise your scar response after the surgery.

Are there any other risks?

All surgery comes with some risk of complication, and breast reduction is no exception. Saying that, the majority of complications are both minor and rare, with the majority of women having no problems.

Ms Simcock will provide you with full information about general and specific risks during your consultation.

What is the recovery like?

Breast reduction surgery is generally much easier to recover from than people expect. There is not usually much pain – more a discomfort.

If you work in an office you may be able to return to work in about 2 weeks. If you do any lifting it may take 3-4 weeks to get back to normal. Heavy labour may take 6 weeks.

Exercise can generally start after the second week and by 6 weeks woman are usually back to normal activities.