Breast reduction

Having large or out-of-proportion breasts can affect both your health and your self-confidence.

The weight of large breasts can lead to back and neck pain, poor posture, skin irritation and marks from bra straps. Some women feel self-conscious about attracting unwanted attention, are unable to participate in active sports or wear the clothes they want to.

Surgery to reduce the size and weight of the breasts can relieve discomfort and have a positive impact on your lifestyle and the way you feel about yourself.

What to expect

Before breast reduction surgery

When you meet with your consultant you can discuss the changes you are hoping to achieve and the size and shape you would like your breasts to be.

Breast reduction surgery (known as reduction mammoplasty) removes fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin around the nipple. The goal is to give the woman smaller, better shaped breasts in proportion to the rest of her body.

The operation takes two hours or more and is performed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure.

After your breast reduction surgery

You will stay in hospital for at least one night and will need to plan time off work so that you can recover at home. You will also need to wear a special supportive bra in the first few weeks after surgery.

You should take time making your decision to have breast reduction surgery and may choose to meet with your consultant several times before going ahead. In the consultation, your consultant will explain the results you can expect after the surgery, and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives to the procedure before going ahead.

How can I find out more about breast reduction surgery?
  • Coming along to a free Spire Cosmetic Surgery open event or mini-consultation is a great way to find out more about breast reduction and other cosmetic procedure
  • Call to speak to a cosmetic treatment adviser on 02392 456172
  • Alternatively you can send us an email at and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have

Who will do my surgery?

At the Portsmouth Cosmetic Clinic you can choose the consultant you wish to be treated by. They will be the one that you see at your consultation appointments, they will carry out your surgery and they will provide your after-care with the support of a cosmetic nurse.

Will the improvements last?

Your breasts will not grow back, but they may increase in size if you put on weight or become pregnant. Breasts tend to droop with time and you can expect some change in shape to occur after your breast reduction. You can delay this tendency by supporting your breasts in well-fitting bras.

What are the risks associated with this type of surgery?

Breast reduction is a commonly performed and generally safe operation. However, all operations carry risks as well as benefits.

Infection is a complication which may need to be treated with antibiotics and sometimes further surgery. Occasionally, bleeding occurs inside the breast causing it to swell and become painful.

The wound can be slow to heal. The skin may form a scab that can separate, leaving a broad scar. Rarely, alterations in the blood supply may result in the loss of part, or even all, of a nipple.

It’s possible that your breasts may not be exactly the same shape and size as each other after surgery.

As with any cosmetic procedure it is important that you review your expectations thoroughly with your surgeon before you decide to proceed.

The chance of complications depends on the exact type of operation you are having and other factors such as your general health. Ask your surgeon to explain in more detail how any risks apply to you. 


Breast reduction surgery typically costs £5,813