Breast Reduction

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce the size and reshape the breasts. Women who have overly large breasts often experience physical and emotional discomfort, including back and neck pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps, skin irritation, difficulty exercising, and self-consciousness. Breast reduction can alleviate these symptoms, improve the overall appearance of the breasts, and boost self-confidence.

The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and takes approximately 3 hours. The surgery involves making incisions on the breasts, remove excess breast tissue, skin, and fat, and reshape the remaining tissue to create smaller, firmer, and more proportionate breasts. The nipple and areola may also be repositioned to create a more natural-looking breast shape.

After the surgery, patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication and compression garments. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a week or two, but it is recommended to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for 6 weeks.

Breast reduction can also have long-lasting benefits, such as improved posture, reduced risk of skin irritation and infection, and increased ability to participate in physical activities. It is important to note that breast reduction surgery does carry some risks, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, changes in nipple sensation, and loss of breast milk production in breastfeeding women.

Before undergoing breast reduction surgery, you will have a full discussion regarding the risks and benefits of the procedure and to ensure that it is the right choice for the patient. With the right approach, breast reduction can be a life-changing procedure for women with overly large breasts.

Breast Reduction

Surgery time

1.5 hours

Hospital stay

1 night stay


6 weeks

Recovery time

2-4 weeks

Time off work

7 days


2 weeks


72 hours

Sleeping on back

6 weeks