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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?

View our self-pay treatment prices and discounts for Benenden Health members below.

Take advantage of payment plans through our trusted partner, Chrysalis, and spread the cost of your treatment. Fit your repayments into your monthly budget rather than having to find the full cost at the time of your treatment.

Procedure type
Initial consultation price
Treatment price*
Monthly cost**
Member discount
Female breast reduction: both breasts
From £9,000
From £217.62
Female breast reduction: both breasts
Initial consultation price

Treatment price*
From £9,000

Monthly cost**
From £217.62

Member discount

I have a question about breast reduction surgery

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.

Can I have a breast reduction and uplift at the same time?

The breast reduction procedure will include an uplift.

Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction?

Everyone is different but, in general, you should assume that you won’t be able to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery.

Will a breast reduction leave a scar?

Yes. A typical breast reduction will leave an anchor-shaped scar.

Can a breast reduction (mammoplasty) remove varicose veins in the breast?

Yes, if the varicose vein is in the part of the breast that’s removed.

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.

Our Consultant Plastic Surgeons

Mr Christopher Macdonald, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Christopher Macdonald

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Macdonald's clinical interests include breast reduction surgery, abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, body contouring, brachioplasty or arm lift.

Mr Simon P Mackey, Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon at Benenden Hospital

Simon P Mackey

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

Mr Mackey's clinical interests include breast reduction surgery, mastopexy or breast uplift, abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, brachioplasty or arm lift.

Miss Anita Hazari, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Anita Hazari

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Miss Anita Hazari specialises in cosmetic breast surgery, body contouring (tummy tuck and arm lift), labiaplasty, and upper eyelid surgery.

Kate Comrie, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Plastics and Cosmetic Surgery.

Kate Comrie

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Plastics and Cosmetic Surgery

Kate is the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Plastics and Cosmetic Surgery at Benenden Hospital.

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