Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is a treatment for large breasts, which can cause physical, social and psychological discomfort to patients. When breast reduction surgery is carried out to reduce the weight of the breast, it may provide relief from distressing symptoms.

Women with large breasts are suitable for breast reduction if they are physically fit and psychologically stable. It is a major surgical procedure and should not be considered lightly.

The breast reduction surgery is carried out in one of our partner hospitals in Liverpool or Southport/Ormskirk, under general anaesthesia and 1 or 2 nights stay in hospital is usually required. Recovery from breast reduction surgery usually takes 2 to 4 weeks.

Many patients enquire about breast reduction surgery cost; when considering any surgery cost, it is best to telephone the clinic to discuss your requirements, as costs may vary depending on the exact procedure. Breast reduction costs may vary from clinic to clinic, but it is vitally important to consider the qualifications and experience of the surgeon as well as quality of  aftercare provided by the clinic.

Your Consultation:

Breast reduction at North West Cosmetic Surgery (Sthetix) is exclusively performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeons. We provide direct consultations with a Consultant Plastic Surgeon who specialises in cosmetic breast surgery. We follow the BAAPS guidelines and provide a full consultation for our patients followed by a 2 week cooling off period. We always offer a second consultation before proceeding with any surgery.
Your chosen surgeon will discuss the procedure, its limitations and potential risks and complications with you. You will also get a chance to explain your expectations of breast reduction surgery.


The surgery involves measuring and marking the breast prior to the surgery. Once you are asleep, the surgeon will remove the required amount of tissue from each breast and move the nipple to the new position, the breast is then stitched with dissolving stitches and dressings will be applied. Drains may be used and will be removed before you are discharged from the hospital. The scars from this surgery are usually `anchor shaped` but can be a different shape depending on the type of breast reduction carried out.

Risks and potential complications:

All surgical procedures carry risks. Risks of breast reduction include haematoma (collection of blood), infection, lumpy or wide scars, loss of sensation, asymmetry, dog ears, loss of skin, loss of a nipple, DVT and PE (a serious and potentially life threatening complication) etc. Smokers and patients with a high BMI are at a higher risk than the general population. Ideally, patients who smoke should stop smoking well before surgery and it is also advisable to try and achieve a healthy weight before the surgery is carried out.

After care:

Following your surgery, you will be given detailed instructions about the care you need to exercise. You will have the ability to get in touch with us any time, day or night should the need arise.
We operate a lifetime aftercare policy, and you will be followed up by the surgeon who performed the surgery until you are fully healed. In the event of a complication which is directly the result of your surgery, and can be corrected by surgery, we will provide treatment, where possible, free of cost to you for upto a year from the date of your surgery.


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Key Information

Duration of Surgery2-3 hours
Hospital Stay1 or 2 nights
Recovery Period (approx)2-4 weeks

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After Surgery

You’re likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you’ll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication prescribed by your doctor. Within several days, the gauze dressings, if you have them, will be removed, and you may use a sports bra.


This procedure is performed using general anaesthesia.


Haematoma (collection of blood) requiring return to theatre
Infection (1-4%) – if severe may lead to tissue(skin / breast tissue) loss
Fat necrosis (10%)- resulting in lumps which may or may not resolve.
Hypertrophic or keloid (lumpy) scars
Delayed wound healing (20%)
Dog ears (folds of skin and fat at the end of scars)
Loss of sensation in nipple\breast skin (30%)
Loss (necrosis\death) of nipple areola or skin (risk 1%)
Breast feeding problems
Cancer screening. When you have a mammogram (x-ray of the breast) the doctor should know you have had surgery to the breasts.
DVT and PE – clots in the legs and these clots traveling to the lung.

Inevitable Consequences of Surgery

Bleeding, oozing, Bruising, Swelling and Discomfort are inevitable after this surgery. Scars take 18 months to mature. These tend to be red and some time lumpy in the first weeks. Healing of the wounds take about 2-3 weeks

Other Aspects

There can be no guarantee of absolute symmetry in size or shape. Breast size after surgery is not guaranteed to a particular cup size and breast shape and position will continue to change with time after surgery, as effects of age, weight change and gravity are not be eliminated. There is no guarantee that symptoms of back pain, shoulder and neck discomfort and breast pain will be relieved by this surgery. Obesity and smoking increase the risk of complications. You are strongly advised to reduce weight and must stop smoking. In the case of very large breasts, fullness may remain on the side of chest following breast reduction.

Before your surgery you should have a frank discussion about your expectations with the surgeon and he will be equally frank with you about the limitations and complications of this surgery