Breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery – also called mammoplasty, and sometimes known as a ‘boob reduction’ is a procedure to address breasts which are causing pain, or that are disproportionately large.

Breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery – also called mammoplasty, and sometimes known as a ‘boob reduction’ is a procedure to address breasts which are causing pain, or that are disproportionately large.

Breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery – also called mammoplasty, and sometimes known as a ‘boob reduction’ is a procedure to address breasts which are causing pain, or that are disproportionately large.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure which is also referred to as mammoplasty or a ‘boob reduction’. It is a treatment which is a solution for breasts which are causing pain, or that they are large enough to be considered disproportionate. There are a number of surgical options which can be used in breast reduction surgery, including the removal of fat, skin and glandular tissue by way of the incision, or alternatively using a combination of liposuction and excision techniques.

You will have the opportunity to discuss all the available surgical options with Elena before reaching an agreement on the best course of action. The technique chosen for breast reduction surgery will be influenced by the condition of your breasts, the amount you want them reduced by, and your own aesthetic preferences.

Is breast reduction surgery for me?

Women with breasts which are causing discomfort or restricting movement can be treated with breast reduction surgery. The treatment can also be suitable for men with conditions such as gynecomastia.

There are many reasons why people opt for breast reduction surgery. In some cases, an individual feels that their breasts are disproportionately large in comparison with the rest of their body. Treatment can also be chosen to address a discrepancy in size, while other people can be conscious of ill-fitting clothes. In cases where weight gain has led to significant breast enlargement which is causing discomfort, breast reduction surgery can be used to bring down the size and restore firmness.

How is breast reduction surgery performed?

Breast reduction surgery is tailored according to the requirements and objectives of the individual. Operations usually focus on the lifting and reduction of the breasts, with the end result being improved shape and/or enhanced asymmetries.

The treatment typically involves the surgeon making incisions to allow excess skin and breast tissue to be removed. Then the breast can be lifted and reshaped. Liposuction can also be used as part of the treatment – usually in cases in which just a modest reduction is needed.

For cases in which a significant size reduction is needed, an anchor or ‘inverted T’ style technique can be the best course of action. This involves three incisions – one which does vertically from the areola down to the breast crease; one which does around the areola’s edge; and another which goes along the crease at the bottom of the breast. The anchor technique offers the advantage of providing the maximum amount of reshaping and fat/tissue removal, which in turn is able to offer more freedom to correct asymmetry or significant sagging.

The surgeon may use drainage tubes during the operation, and surgery concludes when the breasts are stitched up and wrapped in a medical gauze. You may be given a supportive surgical bra to wear after the operation.

Breast reduction surgery treatment typically takes around two hours to complete. Elena will run through the agreed surgical plan with you, discussing any potential risks of breast reduction surgery and also plotting your recovery timeline. Breast reduction surgery patients meet with an anaesthetist to discuss their chosen form of anaesthesia, and patients are asked not to drink or eat for a six-hour window before the operation.

What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?

Potential risks of breast reduction surgery include unsightly scarring, changes in breast or nipple sensation and bleeding.

In rare cases, complications include the nipple area healing inadequately. In these scenarios, a skin graft can be undergone in order to address the problem. A doctor should be contacted immediately post breast reduction surgery in cases where unusual swelling at the surgical site is seen, unusual discharge at the surgical site is experienced, or if any of the stitches come out before the date for removal.

Breast reduction surgery recovery time

Normally, breast reduction surgery patients require an overnight stay in hospital, or are permitted to return home on the same day that the procedure has been carried out. Normal daily activities can typically be resumed within two weeks. It can be several months before breast reduction patients are able to begin full exercise again.

Patients should note that it can take a while for the final results of a breast reduction surgery to be seen. This is because the swelling can take a few months to subside, meaning that breasts can initially appear larger than originally anticipated. Breasts can also heal at different rates, which means that there could be some asymmetry during the first period of recovery. After a period of around three months, the final results can be seen as being ‘in place’, and breast reduction surgery patients can shop with confidence for new bras.

How do I prepare for breast reduction surgery?

Elena will issue detailed and personalised instructions to each patient in advance of their breast reduction surgery procedures. It is normal for breast reduction surgery patients to undergo a baseline mammogram before the operation. It can also be helpful to stop smoking in the weeks before and after the breast reduction surgery procedure.

Why choose the Breastclinik?

Elena is an award-winning surgeon who is recognised internationally for her consultative approach and cutting-edge techniques. She operates in several UK locations, including Bristol, Sussex and London. Elena’s patients have the advantage of an expert female consultant with an empathetic outlook. The Breastclinik is known for delivering a very high standard of aftercare.

Breast reduction surgery cost

The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.

The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.

Surgery costs from £6,500
Initial consultation fee £150

Surgery details

Anaesthetic: General

Anaesthetic: General

Follow up: 1,4,12 weeks,12 months

Follow up: 1,4,12 weeks,12 months

Hospital stay: Overnight stay
Hospital stay: Overnight stay
Final result: 3-12 months

Final result: 3-12 months

Surgical time: 3-3.5 hours

Surgical time: 3-3.5 hours

Recovery time: 4-8 weeks

Recovery time: 4-8 weeks

What our patients say

  • What a skilled, talented, honest and kind surgeon!I had hoped for an improvement in the way my breasts looked but instead of an improvement, I got perfection!Any concern and query I have had, both pre- and post- surgery has been dealt with immediately and efficiently.My entire care has been phenomenal! Elena has a fantastic team that all work brilliantly together.I thank the lucky stars I landed in her hands!

    Patient at Ridgeway BMI Swindon
  • I can't recommend Elena enough. Elena was wonderful from the beginning completely understanding made me feel so comfortable she understood what it was I wanted to be done and why. Not long after my consultation, I had the surgery done a full tummy tuck, breast augmentation and some lipo and it was truly the best thing I have ever done. Elena has done an amazing job I only ever dreamed I could look like this after looking the way I did. Elena has been wonderful throughout the care before, during and after

    Patient at Queen Victoria Hospital
  • My first meeting with Miss Prousskaia was great.The process from start to finish was made simple & everything was arranged to suit me.If I had any concerns, worries or questions all I had to do was send an email to Miss Prousskaia & she would get back to me even if she was in surgery at the time.Miss Prousskaia has changed not only my body for the better but my life too & also my kids lives.Miss Prousskaia for me has made my dreams a reality. I will always be grateful for her work but also her care & understanding, she is a very talented & special lady.

    Patient at The Bristol Nuffield Hospital at Chesterfield
  • What a sweetie Elena is. She put me totally at ease during my consultation explaining everything in detail and discussed my expectations.The results are far better than I could have hoped for. I have a waist for the first time and I cannot stop smiling. It's given me so much confidence, I wish I'd done it sooner. Elena is a remarkable lady, who I cannot thank enough.

    Patient at The Mcindoe Centre
  • My daughter was born with a severe congenital deformity called tuberous breasts.Elena is so professional, warm and friendly. She took her time and explained exactly how she could correct her breasts.The surgery has been so successful, my daughter's breasts are absolutely perfect and natural looking. The scarring resulting from surgery is so minimal, smooth and neat, we are astounded and Elena is also so pleased.My daughter's personality has completely transformed. She is now so happy, vivacious and confident.I cannot praise or recommend Elena enough.

    Carer at BMI Bath Clinic
  • Elena has performed breast reconstruction on me following cancer. She is the most conscientious and skilled Dr I have met. She is direct and ensures you understand everything. Following her brilliant surgery, she is dedicated to your aftercare to the level I have never seen before. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She has made me feel me again.

    Patient at Queen Victoria Hospital
  • First, l would like to thank Elena, it was a pleasure to meet her she is so kind and understanding, After years of being so uncomfortable and having constant pain in my shoulders from having large breast.In October of this year, I had a breast reduction and uplift surgery. The difference it has made is amazing I didn’t realise it could make such a difference I now have more confidence in social situations which pre-surgery I would avoid. The pain in my shoulders has gone and I feel great. I would also like to empathise that there is no pain after surgery just a little discomfort.I would recommend Elena to anyone thinking of having surgery. She’s the best .Thank you once’s again.

    Patient at Bristol Spire
  • From start to to finish my experience has been first class. I have Poland Syndrome and wanted my chest reduced. Elena is a truly amazing surgeon, and has a great team. Elena is fantastic, so understanding and caring, she has a real passion for her work, always wanting the best for you. I can honestly say if you are looking for a top surgeon go meet her, you won’t be disappointed. I believe she has a remarkable talent and I was so lucky to find her.

    Male Patient Spire Bristol
  • Firstly, I would like to say that I would highly recommend Elena to anyone considering a breast augmentation.Elena was the second plastic surgeon I had a consultation with for a breast enlargement operation, recommended to me by a friend who had recently undergone surgery with her and from the moment I picked up the phone to book my first consultation with her the whole process was flawless. I had quite a difficult case with very little under boob but Elena managed to work her magic and gave me the size and look that I have always wanted even with this tricky starting point. I wish I had done this sooner, the difference is truly life changing

    Patient Bath BMI Hospital
  • Ever since I became a teenager and developed breasts, I have always considered a breast augmentation. I had researched the procedure, surgeons and practices for over 20 years but it wasn't until last year that I felt confident enough to go ahead. Elena was the first (and only) surgeon that I had a consultation with. I was blown away with her extensive experience & dedication to helping people. I am now 2 months on from my procedure and the end results are unbelievable! I don't think I really prepared myself for how fantastic my boobs could look! I feel sexy, confident and I am just so ridiculous happy with my new breasts. I am now just awaiting summer to show them off! 

    Patient at Bristol Spire