Aesthetic Operations

A breast reduction, or ‘mammoplasty’, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the volume of the breast, in order to make it smaller and – in some cases – more shapely.

Breast reduction surgery focusses on removing excess tissue in the breast, as well as fat and skin to lighten the weight and prominence of the breast. Your nipples will be reshaped or raised, along with the breast, which will create a perkier – and ultimately more aesthetic – breast shape.

The Breast Reduction procedure is ideal for patients with naturally very large breasts that cause discomfort or inconvenience, or those that have permanently increased in size following childbirth. Breast reduction is appropriate for both women and men (for male breast reduction please view our 'gynaecomastia' page) who feel that their breasts are oversized or are not in proportion with the rest of their body.

Why do people have it?

Female breast size is determined by several factors, including genetics, body weight, and hormonal influences. Breasts can also be affected after giving birth, resulting in an undesirable change in breast shape and size. Unfortunately, larger breasts can often be associated with a variety of problems, ranging from self-consciousness and inconvenience (especially if you are particularly sporty, or if you struggle to find flattering, well-fitting bras and clothes), through to more serious discomfort. This can include backache, neck pain and skin irritation such as rashes under the breasts. There are also issues that arise such as an inability to take part in certain sports or exercise due to overly large breast size. Many women desire to have a breast reduction after giving birth when the breast begins to sag lower than before. However, many women have breast reductions prior to having children and are concerned about the ability to breastfeed after surgery. During the procedure, care is taken by your highly skilled surgeon to retain connections between the remaining breast tissue and the skin, in order to preserve breastfeeding capability.

Who is suitable?

An adult with fully developed breasts
Physically and psychologically fit and healthy
Concerned by the size or shape of at least one of their breasts, either for aesthetic or comfort reasons
Have realistic expectations of what can be achieved by surgery