Large breasts can cause neck and back pain, as well as shoulder irritation from bra straps. If you feel that your breasts are too large, causing embarrassment or discomfort, you might consider undergoing a breast reduction. A breast reduction can result in improved posture, greater comfort, and increased confidence. Despite the positive impact it could have, no operation is a small undertaking and should be considered carefully. You will be looked after by a team of specialists, led by your surgeon, who will guide you through the most important information relating to the surgery during your consultation.

The breast reduction procedure

The technique that is used to reduce the size of the breasts will depend on the breasts’ size and shape, the amount of tissue to remove, and other factors such as the need for further breastfeeding. Most techniques involve making an incision around the nipple and removing a section of skin. Fat and glandular tissue are removed and the nipple and areola are raised to their new position. Finally, the skin is brought together and closed.

Great care is always taken during the surgery to ensure that where possible, existing blood supply and nerve endings remain intact to allow for normal function and feeling in the breast after the healing process. If this isn’t going to be possible, your surgeon will be able to explain to you why this is the case and what this will mean for breast function. The average breast reduction operation lasts three hours and you will most likely stay in hospital overnight.

Recovery after breast reduction

As with most operations, some pain and discomfort should be expected after the procedure. Once you’ve had the surgery, you will have a supportive dressing across your new breasts that will be reduced at your one-week follow-up appointment at 58 Queen Square. It is also recommended that as soon as the dressings allow, you wear a supportive sports bra 24 hours a day for about six weeks. Like any other types of surgery, it is important that you don’t try to undertake any heavy or strenuous activity that could cause any injury.


General anaesthetic – from £8,800

This treatment is offered by our surgical cosmetic clinic, Bristol Plastic Surgery. You can read more about breast reduction on their website.