Breast reduction surgery


Welcome to York Plastic Surgery, one of Yorkshire's leading clinics providing breast reduction surgery.

All our cosmetic surgery is performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 10 years clinical experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his team at The Nuffield Health York Hospital, York's premier private hospital. So you can rest assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What could breast reduction do for you?

Improve the size and shape of your breasts

Reduce the weight of your breasts

Increase your self-confidence and self-esteem

Symptom relief - breast reduction can help back and neck ache

What is breast reduction?

Breast reduction is an operation to improve the size and shape of your breasts and make them more in proportion with the rest of your body.

Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?

The best candidates for breast reduction are women who are having problems with large breasts. These problems include poor posture, back pain and neck pain, bra strap indentations, skin irritation, difficulty participating in sporting or other activities, difficulty finding clothes that fit and social embarrassment.

What are the benefits of breast reduction?

Breast reduction makes your breasts smaller and in better proportion with the rest of your body. It may improve the problems listed above.

What happens before my breast reduction?

During your first appointment you will be assessed and advised by a UK-trained Consultant Plastic Surgeon. This assessment includes taking a full medical history and breast history and examining you in the company of one of our nurses. Next we will discuss the result you are hoping to achieve, in terms of size and shape. We will go through what breast reduction involves, including the potential risks and complications. Following this we will give you further information, to help you decide if this is the right choice for you, and encourage you to attend for a second appointment, to give you a chance to ask any further questions and prepare you for surgery.

What does a breast reduction involve?

There are a number of different techniques for breast reduction and we will help you choose the best one for you. The operation involves removal of skin, fat and breast tissue and repositioning of the nipple-areola in a more youthful position. The skin is then closed with dissolving stitches and a waterproof dressing. A drain may be used to stop fluid building up (like a safety valve). The operation usually takes 2-3 hours and is performed with you asleep (general anaesthetic).

What happens after my breast reduction?

When you wake after surgery you will have a drip and pain relief. Most patients go home the following day. You will need to wear a crop-top until you are comfortable to be fitted for your new bra. We will see you one week later to monitor your progress. Wounds usually heal in 1-3 weeks and you can expect some swelling and tenderness for 3-4 weeks. Scars take 6-12 months to settle down. You will be encouraged to mobilise as soon as possible after surgery and return to work and other activities 1-4 weeks later, depending on you and the activity. You should rest from gym work for about 6 weeks.

What are the downsides to breast reduction?

There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and breast reduction is no different. It is important for you to balance the risks and benefits for you. Breast reduction leaves a scar around the areola, under the breast (where the wire in your bra lies) and down from the areola to the under-breast scar. We will go through this with you in detail. Numbness is common after surgery and usually improves. Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic (your anaesthetist will talk to you about these), blood clots (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus), bleeding (haematoma), wound infection, slow healing, poor scars, asymmetry of size, shape and nipple-areola position, changes in nipple-areolar sensation and nipple-areolar loss. Change in weight or pregnancy may change the size and shape of your new breasts. Breast-feeding is usually possible after breast reduction.

How can I minimise my risks?

Research suggests that non-smokers have fewer problems after surgery. We would strongly encourage you to stop smoking before your breast reduction. If you use nicotine patches, stop these four weeks before your operation.

Are there any alternatives to breast reduction surgery?

Breasts can become smaller following weight loss and exercise.

Paying for treatment

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at The Nuffield Health York Hospital.

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