Breast reduction

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Our private Breast reduction services are provided at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead and Hadley Wood Hospital, High Barnet.

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Breast Reduction is a procedure carried out to remove any extra unwanted skin from the breast area to make them smaller, have better shape and become more lifted. Patients opt for breast reduction surgery as it may reduce the risk of back or neck pain for those suffering from bad posture, you may have one breast larger than the other, it will also allow you to wear a wider range of clothing, which will benefit those taking part  in sports activities.

Breast Reduction very effectively addresses these problems. Creating a more uplifted and firmer appearance helping to restore proportion to your body. At the Royal Free PPU our consultants  are highly trained experts with many years experience and will tailor each service to the patients needs ensuring all procedures are carried out to the highest standard.

The procedure

Performed under general anaesthetic, breast reduction involves removing fat, excess skin and breast tissue, as well as lifting the nipple, to improve the size and shape of your breasts.

The length of the operation will depend upon the size of your bust, but normally takes between two and three hours.

A few operations may be performed as day case procedures, but most breast reductions involve an overnight stay.

If your breasts contain a considerable amount of fat, liposuction alone may be used to reduce their size, potentially resulting in less scarring and faster recovery. However, the excess skin retained may cause your breasts to droop. Breast liposuction can sometimes be performed as a day case procedure.


You will need to wear a surgical support bra for a fortnight or two. Stitches are removed a week or 10 days after surgery, coinciding with your first post-operative check-up with your surgeon.

The amount of post-operative scarring will depend on your individual case, but will be explained to you. Very rarely, breast reduction alters nipple sensation, either temporarily or permanently and, if you are young, you need to be aware that breast feeding may not be possible after breast reduction surgery.

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