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Breast Reduction in Yorkshire and Liverpool

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

The breast reduction procedure involves the removal of both excess skin and fat from the breasts, which are then reshaped and the nipple / areola complex repositioned to form smaller, more naturally shaped breasts.

Who Is Suitable For Breast Reduction Surgery?

A woman’s breast size is determined by several factors. These include:

  • Family history
  • Body weight
  • Hormonal status

Overly large breasts not only become an issue at various life stages, but can cause certain issues too. These include:

  • Back and neck ache.
  • Difficulty in fitting in to fashionable clothes.
  • Badly fitting bras.
  • Embarrassment and self-consciousness.
  • Skin rashes under the breast.
  • Difficulty when playing sports.

As a result, people may look to reduce these problems through breast reduction surgery (also known as reduction mammoplasty).

The Breast Reduction Procedure:

  • You will be put under general anaesthesia to ensure you don’t experience pain during the operation.
  • The incision will be made around the areola, either with a circular, keyhole or an anchor-shape.
  • The nipple is repositioned and the areola is made smaller by removing skin.
  • Some breast tissue is removed and the remaining is reshaped.
  • The breast is closed.

You’ll be left with smaller, more manageable and more attractive breasts.

What You Need To Know About Breast Reduction Surgery

  • The patient usually stays in hospital for at least 1 night.
  • In the most common form of breast reduction, scars will result around the areola, then vertically down the breast and horizontally along the breast creases.
  • The operation takes between 2 and 4 hours to perform.
  • Asymmetries in breast size may also be corrected.
  • Liposuction may also be performed on the fatty areas under the armpits.

What To Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery

  • Following surgery, most patients wear a firm support bra for 2 to 6 weeks.
  • Some patients continue to wear a support bra indefinitely.
  • Most patients take 2 weeks off work.
  • No lifting during this first 2 weeks, and no heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks.
  • Most women can resume normal activity within 4 to 6 weeks.
  • The breasts will feel bruised, tender and swollen for several weeks.
  • Ice packs may be used to reduce the swelling and make the breasts feel more comfortable.
  • As with all scars, they will slowly fade over 6 to 12 months. However, they may never disappear.

The Benefits Of Breast Reduction Surgery Include:

  • Gained self-confidence and less embarrassment
  • Reduction in back pain, neck pain and other body issues.
  • If you’re an asthma sufferer, it can help relieve chest stress.
  • Fitting into various clothing styles becomes easier.


It is generally advised that most women will not be able to breastfeed following a Breast Reduction. However, when techniques are used that preserve the connections between the milk ducts and the nipple, breast-feeding may become possible.

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