Breast reduction surgery
We offer the latest surgical techniques to reduce your breast size if you’re having problems or if you simply want to have smaller breasts.
Breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess fat, breast tissue and excess skin from one or both breasts to make them smaller, lighter and more lifted.
For many women, breast reduction surgery is life changing. Daily life is much more comfortable, with improved sleep, better posture and a renewed sense of confidence.
If you have very large breasts (macromastia) in proportion to your frame, it can cause backache, neck pain and shoulder pain.
You may also have poor sleep and skin issues. Playing active sport or wearing certain clothes may not be possible or you may feel self-conscious.
If having large breasts is impacting your daily life, then you may be considering breast reduction surgery.
At The London Clinic, our world-leading plastic and reconstructive surgeons will share their in-depth expertise and tailor your treatment to your needs and wishes.
Whatever your reasons for choosing breast reduction surgery, at The London Clinic you’ll get easy access to a leading consultant with a compassionate and experienced care team with you every step of the way.
Breast reduction surgery at The London Clinic
Based on your individual needs, your cosmetic surgeon will explain the best surgical procedure for you.
Breast reduction surgery for women is a more extensive operation compared to breast enlargement (augmentation).
Throughout your stay at The London Clinic, you’ll have your own dedicated care team who’ll be on hand to look after you and make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
You’ll have your own private suite, so you can relax in comfort after your operation with a dedicated nursing team on hand at all times.
We’re particularly sensitive people from different cultures and backgrounds, including the transgender community.
You can select from our many world-leading cosmetic surgeons for your breast reduction surgery.
With everything under one roof, we offer a more complete, compassionate kind of care from pre-admission, right through to aftercare and follow up.
Contact us today to start your treatment journey and so you can start living the life you love.
Breast reduction techniques that minimise scarring
The Lejour breast reduction technique involves smaller, less extensive incisions to minimise scarring.
The surgery removes excess skin by means of smaller incisions around the areola, and in a vertical line from the areola down to the breast crease.
The breast tissue and skin is then moulded and secured with stitching to give a smaller yet still natural breast shape.
This method of breast reduction generally produces better results in younger women who still have a great deal of elasticity in their skin.
Your consultant will discuss with you whether this is an option at your consultation.
After your operation
After the operation our surgical team will take care of you and take you back to your private room when you're ready.
Your wellbeing is our priority and to make you feel more at home we offer extra touches like a personalised food menu and concierge service.
Complementary therapies such as physiotherapy, acupuncture and counselling are also available, which can help you to relax and get more out of your stay.
Once you’re ready to leave The London Clinic will support you with an aftercare program and check to see you’re recovering well at home.
A follow-up appointment will be arranged with your cosmetic surgeon a week after your surgery, so they can check on your progress and answer any questions.
Why choose The London Clinic
Excellence in one place
We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.
Personal care, every time
Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.
We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
What's included in your package?
Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
Your treatment package will include:
- Enhanced pre-admission assessment
- Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
- Personalised aftercare and follow-up
We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.
How to pay
- You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
- You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
- If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis
Book an appointment
Our dedicated appointments team will arrange for you to meet with one of our renowned consultants.
You'll see your chosen cosmetic surgeon at our specialist clinic near Harley Street to talk about your needs for reduction surgery.
They’ll be honest about whether reduction surgery is right for you, as factors like age, weight and overall health, can make it unsuitable for some people.
Two-week cool off period
To give you time to reflect and confidently decide whether breast reduction surgery is right for you, we give everyone a two-week cool off period between their consultation and surgery date.
Thorough pre-admission assessment
You’ll have a follow up appointment with your care team and surgeon, so they can fully assess your health before surgery.
You’ll have a physical examination so your surgeon can decide on the best surgical technique for your procedure.
The day of your operation
Your care team will welcome you, talk you through the day ahead and get you ready you for surgery.
After your operation, your consultant will come to see you and check how you’re doing.
You’ll normally stay with us for one or two nights after surgery in your own private suite.
Once home, you’ll have a video check-up with your nurse about your dressing, any medication and overall wellbeing.
After a week, you’ll have a follow-up appointment with your cosmetic surgeon to make sure you’re recovering as expected.
The procedure normally takes two to three hours, and you’ll need to stay with us for one or two nights after the operation.
The surgery is done under general anaesthetic, so you’ll be asleep throughout. Your surgeon will make a series of incisions (tiny cuts) down and underneath each breast.
Excess tissue is removed, and the nipples are repositioned. The skin is then reshaped to ensure your breasts are aesthetically pleasing.
The incisions are closed using dissolvable stiches, which normally take a couple of weeks to disappear.
Your surgeon may attach a small drainage tube to each breast to capture any excess fluid. These will be left in place while you recover and are removed before you leave to go home.
After your mammaplasty surgery you’ll be feeling quite sore for the first couple of days which is completely normal. Initially you may experience a number of symptoms including:
While you’re with us and once at home, your care team will provide you with pain relief to make you more comfortable.
Swelling and bruising usually wears off after about a month but it can take two to six weeks to fully recover from the surgery.
You should find your incision scars start to fade after a few months.
If you have any loss of sensation in your nipples, it normally returns after a few weeks.
It may be a couple of weeks before you can drive and up to six weeks before you can exercise intensely.
Your cosmetic surgeon may suggest wearing a sports bra until you’ve fully recovered.
Breast reduction surgery is a common procedure and is generally safe. However, all surgery carries the risk of side effects.
The majority of patients make a full recovery after breast reduction with no complications.
A small number of patients experience rare side-effects post-surgery including:
- Excessive bleeding
- Blood clots
- Permanent scarring
- Breast tissue damage
- Permanent loss of nipple sensation to all or part of the nipple
- Inability to breastfeed
Talk to your care team if you have any concerns about your procedure. They’re always happy to help.