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Breast Reduction

Large breasts, also known as macromastia, can cause a number of problems including back and shoulder pain and self esteem issues. The size of the breasts often interferes with exercise and can be a source of embarrassment.

Breast reduction surgery is one of the most popular and successful procedures in plastic surgery. It involves lifting the nipple and at the same time reducing and reshaping the breast.

Hear one of Mr Adamthwaite's patients talk about their breast reduction surgery

Length of Surgery
2 hours

General Anaesthetic

Length of Hospital Stay
Often day case or at most a 1 night stay

Time off work
1 week


Full recovery time
6 weeks

Best results
3 to 6 months

Will I have scarring?

Scars vary from person to person but generally they will fade and soften in a year.

Mr Adamthwaite will advise you about which incisions will give you the best results and the likelihood of scars.

At what age can I have a breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is possible at any age. Many women have the procedure in their late teens or twenties.

However, developing back and neck pain can lead to older women having the surgery, sometimes in their sixties or seventies.

Will I still be able to breastfeed?

Some women are able to breastfeed after a breast reduction, however you should assume that you will not be able to breastfeed no matter how long after the surgery you have children. The ability to produce breast milk depends on the remaining breast being connected to the nipple by the breast ducts and these ducts are usually cut during surgery.

Is it permanent?

The results of breast reduction surgery are usually permanent. But when the procedure is performed on young women, it is possible that breast tissue will grow again during and after pregnancy.

If you have any questions about breast reduction surgery and whether it is right for you, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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