Women who have large breasts may experience a variety of problems from the weight and size of their breasts, such as back, neck, and shoulder pain, and skin irritation. Or they may just feel that the size of their breasts do not match their overall body physique.  In such cases, a breast reduction may be an option to create a reduced, youthful and naturally shaped breast.

Breast reduction is usually performed for relief of the symptoms mentioned above as well as to enhance the appearance of the breasts. The best candidates are those who are mature enough to understand the procedure and have realistic expectations of the results.

In a breast reduction, breast tissue and excess skin are resected so that the volume of the breast is reduced and the nipple/areola is elevated from a lower, droopier position to a more natural position on the breast mound. Any tissue removed during a breast reduction will be examined by a pathologist. The surgery is either performed using a keyhole pattern incision, with the resultant scar around the areola and a horizontal scar in the inframammary fold. A vertical scar joins these 2 scars. All sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed. Post-operatively the patient has to wear a bra for 4 weeks, day and night.

It is important to understand that no person is perfectly symmetrical from one side to the other, even before a surgical procedure. Every attempt will be made during surgery to minimise your side-to-side dissimilarities, but such differences are natural and always persist to some degree even after the most successful operation.

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  • Duration of operation: 2.5 hours
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
  • Hospital stay: 1-2 nights


  • Driving: 1 week
  • Back to work: 1-2 weeks
  • Exercise: 4-6 weeks

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