Breast Reduction

Breast reduction, sometimes called mammoplasty, is surgery to decrease your breast size.

Having large breasts that are disproportional to your body size can impact on your physical and psychological health. A reduction in your breasts can help you to live the life you want and improve your overall wellbeing.

What is a breast reduction?

A breast reduction is a straightforward procedure that removes excess fat, breast tissue and skin through cuts in your lower breast to make your breasts smaller and, repositions your nipples to suit their new shape and size.

What are the benefits of a breast reduction?

The many benefits of a breast reduction are personal to every patient. They may include:

  • Better-shaped breasts
  • Breasts proportional to your body size
  • Improved posture
  • Reduced neck, back and shoulder pain
  • Rash prevention caused by big breasts rubbing together and excess sweat
  • Participation in sport and physical exercise without discomfort
  • No more unwanted attention focussed on your breasts
  • Enjoyment of a wider selection of clothes such as fitted and strappy tops, bras and swimwear
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence

What does a breast reduction involve?

A breast reduction is performed under a general anaesthetic and will typically take about an hour and a half.

Your breast surgeon will lift your nipple into its new position whilst keeping it attached by a ‘stalk’ of tissue. They will remove extra skin and breast tissue and reshape the skin and tissue that is left into a smaller, higher breast. They will then put your nipple back in place in a higher position.

If you have very large or droopy breasts, your surgeon may need to completely remove your nipple and then stitch it back on in a new position.

If you wish to restore upper-pole fullness of your breasts you may choose to have a breast implant inserted as well as a breast reduction.

There are different types of breast reduction. Your breast surgeon will discuss the best type for you based on the size of your breasts and how much of a reduction you want. They will also explain in detail the potential complications of this major surgery.

The most common type of breast reduction is called an anchor-type reduction when the cut starts around your nipple, travels straight down and then along the crease under your breast, in the shape of an anchor.

Recovery after a breast reduction

Usually you will stay in hospital overnight. We will ensure you are comfortable in one of our private en-suite rooms with nursing care as required and access to our freshly prepared a la carte menus.

Your breast and ribs will be sore and swollen for a few weeks after your operation. You can take painkillers to keep yourself comfortable.

You will have dressings on your breasts. You will need to wear a well-fitting non-underwire bra for six weeks following your reduction.

You will be able to do light activities after two weeks and return to normal exercise within six weeks. You should not lift heavy things for several weeks.

Patients often take at least two weeks off work after their breast reduction. This will depend on your job type.

At first your breasts may seem too high and firm. Over time your breasts should become softer and look more natural.

What is the cost of a breast reduction?

The cost of a breast reduction at Clifton Park Hospital can range from £5966, based on your individual requirements for breast reduction surgery.

You will receive a written quote that is guaranteed for a minimum of three months. Our Total Care package includes all of your hospital costs for a breast reduction, your cosmetic surgeon and consultant anaesthetist fees as well as any outpatient care required for 60 days post discharge plus one follow up consultation. The only extra charge is for your initial appointment with your cosmetic surgeon and any required follow up appointments.

We offer affordable finance options to assist with your breast reduction cost if needed.

Breast Reduction with Clifton Park Hospital

All of our breast reduction procedures are carried out by experienced and qualified GMC registered cosmetic consultants with a special interest in plastic surgery. They offer flexible and convenient appointments to suit you.

Our Ramsay promise of no hidden extras to pay for, over any confirmed fees, even if your stay in hospital becomes longer or more complex than anticipated, will give you peace of mind as well as being a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered hospital with excellent clinical outcomes.

We offer first-class aftercare by appropriately trained and experienced medical and clinical staff in comfortable and private surroundings to aid your recovery. 

Patients of York and its surrounding areas can now access appointments at the new Clifton Park Hospital Outpatient Department with 11 consulting rooms, two treatment rooms, x-ray facilities and additional car parking.

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