Breast Reduction FAQ

It is a fact that not every woman wants oversized breasts. Some women experience having breasts that are to big for there frame that cause significant back pain and affect the posture. The rise of women requesting breast reduction has increased over the years and is now a popular requested surgical procedure.

Are you a suitable candidate for breast reduction?

To get the most accurate answer to this question you will need to go in and see a surgeon for a consultation where you will be taken step by step through a serious of questions that you will need to answer accurately. You will be asked about your general health,physical health and also your mental health to determine weather you are making this decision from a well informed standpoint. It is important to the surgeon that you are 100 percent happy to proceed to the next steps. Always remember that even at the very last minute just before surgery you can back out if you are not ready. Do not feel pressured.

What will take place during the procedure?

Every surgeon will usually start with the same steps before surgery to determine where your breasts will be after surgery. This is done by the surgeon using a marker pen to draw lines to mark out how he/she will cut the breast. The surgeon will then show you approximately where your nipples and breast position will be. During your procedure excess fat, skin and breast tissue will be removed from your breasts. Your nipples will be moved to a different position as your breast reduction takes place. For this very reason you will also find that you will inevitably receive the added benefit of a breast uplift during your procedure. This will not only result in reduced breast size, but a much less saggy appearance.

How long will I have to stay in hospital?

You will need to stay in the hospital overnight.

What will happen after the procedure is done?

After you have recovered from being under general anaesthetic you may notice that you now have a drip position in the rare side of your hand. The reason that this drip is on your hand is to replace your body with fluids that will have been lost during operation. You will not need any kind of blood transfusion unless there is extra bleeding that the surgeons notices. Your surgeon will likely ask you to maintain good blood circulation by walking around and staying active. You surgeon will also tell you to keep the joints in your hips,knees and feet moving regularly.

When your body begins to recover you are likely to see bandage dressings wrapped around your breasts. Your surgeon will instruct you to wear a sports bra and will also book you an appointment to come back in 10 days. This is so you can come back in to have your dressings removed and changed for new ones. Your wounds will also be looked at further by your surgeon.

What will the scars be like?

After breasts surgery, in fact, after any surgery, there will always be scars. Over time these scares will fade of course. But the questions is how long will it take them to fade? and also how will they look? Well, the natural healing process of the body when it comes to wounds and scars is for the body to firstly protect the scar or wound. This protection will take place with the body formulating bumpy hard skin while the wound or scar underneath is healing. Do not be shocked or worried by this, this is how the body works, this is how your scars are going to heal, so do not pick at this bumpy skin, you will only be prolonging the healing process.

Remember that the scars will be beneath your breast so this should not affect you being able to wear a bathing suit or low cut dresses or tops.

How long will it take for me to get back to normal

If the kind of work you do is in the office or at a desk or a till, that doesn’t require manual labour, then you will very easily be able to return to work within 4-5 days. You must remember to still take it easy as your wounds are still fresh. Although I have mentioned 4-5 days as an adequate time to wait and est before resuming work, this may vary depending on the individual person. Others may find that they need 7-10 days before they feel back to normal and ready to resume work. But, as a rule of thumb take 4-5 days minimum to recuperate.


The results of breast reduction are always very pleasing to see by patients. Patients have lived years on years with the burden of over large breasts, so the relieve of that burden can be very liberating for a patient. The body will generally feel lighter and the patient generally feels that can now be more physically active than before without feeling discomfort. Breast reduction can truly be life changing for patients.