What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, known as reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure which involves removing excess fat, breast tissue or skin to achieve a smaller breast size to alleviate any discomfort. The reduced breasts will appear perkier and firmer. Breast reduction surgery is usually targeted at women with large breast who may struggle with the weight of them. Opting to reduce breast size can provide many health and wellbeing benefits.

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Surgery Time

2 - 3 Hours

Time Off

2 to 3 weeks



Full Recovery

2 to 6 weeks

Reasons for wanting breast reduction surgery:

Breast Reduction Surgery can be beneficial to many people who struggle with:

  • Backache
  • Shoulder/ neck pain
  • Skin irritations including rashes under the breast
  • Grooves on shoulders due to bra straps
  • Low self esteem or depression due to psychological distress
  • Inability to partake in exercise/sports

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Make the right decision for you

Reduce Pain

No longer suffer with back pain

If Breast Reduction Surgery sounds like the perfect procedure for you and you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact us below for a consultation with James Wokes

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Frequently Asked Questions

Undergoing plastic surgery is a major decision and you must be aware of what the treatment entails. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions people ask before making a final decision.

It is best to avoid driving for the first 1-2 weeks due to the swelling. You should avoid driving until it is no longer painful to wear a seatbelt which may be several weeks. 

After breast surgery it is important to sleep on your back for optimal healing throughout recovery. Sleeping on your side or front will result in pressure on breast area. This could also increase swellings and prolong recovery time.

For best practice, it is recommended to practice sleeping on your back leading up to your surgery to ensure you are comfortable in this position as optimal recovery may take many months.

Breast reduction surgery may disturb the production of milk depending on the way the surgery is performed. If any nerves or milk ducts have been cut or if the nipple has been repositioned, this may impact the chances of breastfeeding. It is important to discuss breastfeeding with Mr Wokes as certain surgical techniques can be employed to limit the impact on breastfeeding.

Swelling and tenderness will be at its worst during the first few days after surgery. Over time the discomfort will begin to subside and there are ways to help manage the pain and swelling such as wearing a support bra. Light activity that has been approved by Mr Wokes such as walking is fine but anything that causes movement or discomfort will exacerbate swelling. Applying cold compresses to swelling can help reduce the amount of discomfort and bruising.

It’s best not to lift anything remotely heavy for 3-4 weeks after breast reduction surgery. You can usually return to work as soon as 3-4 days if your job doesn’t require physical exertion or lifting. Physical activities that can cause strain and pain during your recovery so should be avoided until approved by Mr Wokes.

You should always check your surgeon is registered and has the right to practice before deciding. You can check your surgeon is registered through the general medical council.

You can also find out more information about cosmetic procedures through BAPRAS and BAAPS