Breast reduction

Breast reduction surgery is an incredibly popular treatment, coming a close second to breast enlargement. Breast reduction is famed not only for its ability to rebalance the frame but for the variety of health issues it can relieve. Women who opt for breast reduction usually suffer from chronic pain, poor posture and skin irritation making the procedure a highly rewarding one for both patient and surgeon. 



Op Time

2-3 hours

Hospital Stay

2 nights


2-4 weeks


What Happens During Breast Reduction?

There are a variety of techniques used by surgeons during breast reduction. Which incision you have will depend on your shape, the degree of reduction required and your surgeon’s advice.

Whilst there are several techniques available, the basic premise of breast reduction surgery involves removing excess breast tissue to make the breast smaller and repositioning the nipple on the breast mound to create an uplifted appearance. 

During consultation with you surgeon you will discuss the most appropriate technique best suited to your breasts.

How Much Scarring Will There Be From Breast Reduction?

A small amount of scarring from breast reduction is inevitable, however at around six months post-operatively the scarring will have drastically improved and in most cases completely faded. Typically there will be a vertical scar from the base of the nipple down to the bottom of the breast. The other incisions will lie in the natural crease of the breast and around the edge of the nipple. In the first instance, the fold of the breast will obscure the scarring and the incision made around the nipple will eventually blend in with the natural texture and pigmentation of the areola. 

Am I A Suitable Candidate For Breast Reduction?

Large breasts are associated with a variety of problems which not only impact the practicalities of daily life but self-esteem and confidence levels. Women with overly large breasts often struggle to find well-fitting clothes, experience considerable discomfort and suffer from irritated skin. If this is the case, you may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery.

For all cosmetic procedures you must be a healthy weight, have realistic expectations and if you do smoke must quit for at least a month before and after surgery. Procedure specific eligibility will be discussed with you in full during consultation.

How Long Does It Take To Recover?

Recovery time will vary from person to person but in general you should be able to return to normal activities after about two weeks. It is important to listen to your body and try not to over exert yourself in the early stages of recovery as this will impede your healing process. Your aftercare and recovery plan will be discussed with you extensively throughout the consultation process and tailored to your unique needs.

Make an enquiry

To make an enquiry or request an appointment, you can fill out the enquiry form with details of your request.

You can also contact Mr Mackey's Practice Manager, Michele on 01342 887 540 or email


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01342 887 540


01342 887 540


© 2021 Mackey Surgery Ltd Company No. 09463704