What is breast reduction surgery for women?

The breast reduction operation, also known as a mammoplasty, makes the breasts smaller, more lifted, and less heavy by removing excess tissue and skin. The remaining tissue is then reshaped to resize your breasts. We guide you through the process, with our specialist team available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

How much does a breast reduction cost?

You can access female breast reduction surgery at Benenden Hospital as a self-paying patient.

Our guide price is from £7,000.

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What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery for women?

Breast reduction surgery for women has many benefits. It can reduce back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain and, by reshaping the breasts, it can give you an aesthetic look and a better looking chest.

My breasts are too big; will surgery help reduce backache from my breasts?

If you struggle with a large breast, breast reduction surgery can ease back, shoulder and neck pain, improving your self-confidence and freedom to move. While there’s not a 100% guarantee, most people do see a major improvement in their symptoms after surgery.

 

At what age can I have breast reduction surgery?

You can have breast reduction surgery if you’re between 18-80, as long as you’re medically fit. The older you get, there are more risk factors there may be - such as delayed wound healing.

There's no optimal age for breast reduction surgery but if you are younger and planning on becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding, you'll need to consider this. 

Is there a minimum weight over which I can have breast reduction surgery?

The smaller you are, the better result you should get from the surgery. Ideally, your BMI should be above 19 but less than 30. We may offer breast reduction to patients with a BMI over 30 on a case-by-case basis.

What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?

Every operation carries some risk, but your Consultant or Nurse will discuss these with you. Here are some that could occur during breast reduction surgery for women:

  • Delayed wound healing and need for dressing changes.
  • Possible wound infection.
  • Development of a post-operative collection of blood in the wound (haematoma).
  • As the nipples are being repositioned and the breast is being tightened, there is a small risk that the nipple can undergo necrosis (die), but fortunately this is rare.
  • Changes in nipple sensation are very common.
  • Asymmetry of the breast.
  • All operations carry a risk of blood clots occurring the legs (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) that can migrate to the lungs (pulmonary embolism, or PE).
  • Need for revision surgery.

What can I expect after breast reduction surgery?

You’ll need to stay in hospital overnight, but after a day or two you should be allowed home. We'll give you painkillers to take home as your breasts may be sore and swollen following surgery.

Our ward staff will call you after a couple of days, to make sure you're recovering well. You'll have a telephone consultation with our Breast Care Nurse about a week after surgery. Two weeks after surgery, we'll invite you for a wound check to remove any dressings.

At four to six weeks, you'll see the Consultant and we'll give you a number to call if you have any issues.

Six months after your surgery, we'll contact you again to see how you're getting on.

It's important you take your time to recover. It may be weeks before you can stretch, or do strenuous exercise, while the final shape of your breasts may take months to settle.

Will I need to wear any special support clothing after breast reduction surgery?

You’ll need to wear a support garment, such as a front zip-up sports bra, night and day for six weeks after your breast reduction operation.

How long will it take me to recover from breast reduction surgery?

You’ll need a minimum of two weeks off work with no strenuous activity or heavy lifting for six weeks.

When can I start driving again after my breast reduction surgery?

It usually takes between two and four weeks before you can safely do an emergency stop but you may have to check with your insurance company.

Ali Holden-Smith

What are the benefits of mammoplasty?

How can breast reduction surgery improve your confidence, relieve pain and improve your posture? Breast Care and Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist, Ali Holden-Smith, discusses the benefits of our self-pay breast reduction surgery.

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