Breast Reduction Surgery

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Mammoplasty, also known as female breast reduction surgery (or boob reduction in slang), is an operation to reduce the weight and volume of the breasts. Many women can no longer cope with the physical strain that larger breasts can cause, or the associated discomfort. Many women can also become self-conscious, affecting the clothing they wear and the activities they take part in.

A bilateral breast reduction procedure (reduction of both breasts) is performed by one of our specialist breast surgeons under general anaesthetic and can take 2-4 hours. You will need to stay overnight in one of our private comfortable hospitals and depending on how much tissue is removed, you may have to stay two nights. During the breast reduction operation, fat, glandular tissue and skin is removed from the breasts, which are then shaped and the nipple/areola repositioned using dissolvable stitches (unless otherwise required).


Patient Coordinator Consultation

At your breast reduction consultation with a patient coordinator, you will be walked through your patient journey with MYA. You will be examined and some discussion will follow about scar patterns and what size of reduction is appropriate. If you are considered suitable, you will be told about the operation, the cost of breast reduction, the expected outcome, and possible risks and complications.

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Surgeon Consultation

At your surgeon consultation you will be asked what is bothering you about your breasts and about your expected outcome from the breast reduction surgery. Your surgeon will be able to give you an idea of what procedure is appropriate for you, but they will not be able to guarantee your cup size. It is unfortunately not possible to just pick a cup size and ask your surgeon to supply that.


Day of Surgery

Breast reduction surgery involves fairly complex surgical techniques  which can take between 1 ½ – 3 hours to perform. You will be admitted to the hospital on the day of surgery and will need to stay at least one night. You will have some dressings on your breasts and sometimes some drains (plastic tubes attached to suction bottles). The drains will be removed before you go home.


Your breast reduction surgery will be performed under General Anaesthetic (GA). This gives you a state of controlled unconsciousness (being asleep) to prevent pain or sensation. The specialist anaesthetist will start the anaesthetic by inserting a needle into a vein in the back of your hand or arm, which is used to put a cannula (small thin plastic tube). This will take about 30 seconds to work. If you’re worried about having a needle in your hand, you can speak to your anaesthetist about this before surgery.

The procedure takes approximately 2-2 ½ hours in theatre but this may vary depending on the surgeon.


Immediate Recovery

You will be given instructions about your dressing and sutures when you go home. Most surgeons will use mostly dissolvable sutures, but some might need to be removed. You should be mobile from day 1, but you will be required to take 7-10 days off work, or longer, depending on the physicality of your job. After breast reduction surgery you will be advised to refrain from heavy lifting and exercise for 6 weeks whilst wearing your supportive post-operative bra during this time.

Breast Reduction Post-Op Information

During your breast reduction recovery you should acquire a sports bra after the surgery, non-wired, with thick straps, covering the whole breast and fastening at the front or the back. This should be worn for 6-8 weeks.

Post-operative breast reduction aftercare is extremely important to MYA and we insist that you attend your scheduled appointments at 7 days, 6 weeks and 3 months at your local MYA clinic (dates can vary depending upon clinic/surgeon).

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Reduction?

Every woman’s breast reduction recovery time is different and will take a different amount of time, but it is usually within 2-6 weeks of the operation.

No exercise should be done for 6-8 weeks after the operation, though walking is encouraged as it can assist in recovery. You should not drive for two weeks after the procedure, and the incisions must be kept dry for this time.

Read more about aftercare here.

How Much Do Breast Reductions Cost?

When considering surgery, we understand the cost of a breast reduction may play an important part in your decision making process. That’s why we’ve made things simple and stress-free with a choice of flexible finance options. During your initial consultations, we’ll also make sure you know exactly what the cost includes, so you can make a fully informed and confident decision.

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What’s Included In The Cost Of Breast Reduction?

Following breast reduction surgery, your post-op care is extremely important to MYA with all follow-up appointments included in our prices. To guide you through your recovery, we insist that you attend any scheduled appointments at your local MYA clinic and make use of our care package, which includes:

  • Your free initial consultation with an information pack confirming the time and date of your appointment.
  • A Patient Co-ordinator, your own personal point of contact throughout your MYA journey.
  • A free consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic surgeons.
  • An in-depth pre-operative medical assessment, that ensures you are fit and healthy for surgery.
  • Your procedure carried out at one of the UK’s finest cosmetic surgery hospitals. Costs include an option of an overnight stay in an en suite room with 24-hour room service, satellite TV and breakfast.
  • Our aftercare policy, including all post-operative appointments and assessments with your surgeon and one of MYA’s qualified nurses.
  • A 24-hour emergency helpline manned by our network of nurses, for on-going support 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Breast Reduction On Finance

To help finance the cost, we offer breast reduction on finance. It works as a payment plan, where there are different choices of flexible finance options. The process is simple and straightforward, which is available for discussion upon enquiry. We ensure that our financial offers are the best possible option for you, taking out the worry as there are no hidden costs at any point.

In order to apply, you will discuss options with our patient coordinator which can be done at home in less than 10 minutes. You will find out within seconds whether you have been accepted or declined so the process couldn’t be easier.


  • Must be 18 years and over
  • Must be a UK resident and able to provide 3 years address history
  • Must work a minimum of 16 hours per week
  • Must be able to provide 3 years employment history
  • Must have a valid email address
  • Must have no CCJs, defaults or bankruptcies over the past 3 years

For more information on our cosmetic surgery finance options click here.


If you’re looking for more information, download our helpful Breast Reduction guides. These can help you on What Questions to Ask Your Surgeon, Assessing Your Breast Shape, How to Prepare for Surgery and understand Why MYA are Best at Breasts. Download now and have a read!

MYA are the world’s most patient-focused cosmetic surgery, offering a wide variety of breast procedures, from breast uplifts to breast enlargements. For more information on what we offer and to view our full list of procedures click here.

*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.

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