Breast Reduction at CREO Clinic
Breast reduction is a surgery that removes breast tissue, fat, and skin to reshape and reduce the size of the breasts. In doing so, the surgery aims to provide women with a more proportionate figure and alleviate any discomfort caused by large breasts.
Dr Omar Tillo specialises in reconstruction surgery and breast reduction in London among a range of other body plastic surgeries. As a result, he has extensive experience performing breast reductions using different surgical techniques. Having treated many patients, he has the skills and expertise to design a bespoke procedure according to the patient’s unique anatomy and requirements to produce results that look and feel natural.
If you are considering breast reduction surgery in London, book a consultation with Dr Tillo to discuss your cosmetic concerns, desired outcome, and suitability for the procedure.
Surgery time2-3 Hours
Hospital time0-1 day
Full recovery6 weeks
Physical Symptoms of Large Breasts
Large breasts are not always purely an aesthetic concern for patients. In many cases, breasts that are disproportionately larger and heavier for a woman’s frame can give rise to a range of physical symptoms such as:
- Pain in the breasts, neck, shoulders, and back.
- Numbness in the breasts that sometimes extends to the arms, hands, and fingers as a result of excess weight and poor posture.
- Rashes and skin infections beneath the breasts caused by trapping heat and moisture.
- Deep grooves in the shoulders caused by the straps of the bra carrying the heavy weight of the breasts.
- Difficulty exercising and performing other physical activities which can give rise to other health issues.
- Shortness of breath due to having too much weight on the chest.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery improves a patient’s self-confidence, quality of life, and overall health by providing both aesthetic and functional benefits.
Aesthetically, breast reduction surgery can help women achieve their ideal figure by providing them with smaller breasts that are more proportional to the frame of their body. Functionally, the surgery alleviates the pain and discomfort associated with the physical symptoms listed above, thus allowing women to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Breast Reduction Cost in London
In general, the price of breast reduction surgery in London at the CREO clinic starts from £8,900. As a bespoke surgery, the cost of breast reduction varies depending on the surgical needs of each patient. Therefore, the exact price of your treatment will be determined following a consultation with Dr Tillo.
Types of Breast Reduction
The surgeon performs a breast reduction using one of three techniques depending on the nature of your breasts:
This technique requires an incision around the areola (the pigmented skin encircling the nipple). As the least invasive of the three techniques, it also leaves behind minimal scarring. This approach is suitable for removing a small amount of breast tissue, and therefore provides a minimal reduction in breast size.
Lollipop or Keyhole Incision
This breast reduction technique involves making a circular incision around the areola as well as a vertical incision from the base of the areola down to the crease of the breast, thus resembling the shape of a lollipop. With this method, the surgeon can remove a larger amount of breast tissue and fat, resulting in a more prominent reduction and reshaping of the breasts.
Anchor-shaped or Inverted-T Incision
This technique involves three incisions that resemble the shape of an inverted-T or an anchor. In addition to the circular and vertical incisions of the lollipop technique, a third incision is made along the crease underneath the breast. This type of breast reduction is ideal for patients that have asymmetrical breasts with significant drooping.
Breast Reduction Recovery
Immediately after the breast reduction surgery, you may experience swelling and tenderness in the affected area. These side effects gradually dissipate over the next 2-3 weeks, after which you will be able to carry on with most of your normal daily routine. However, you may be advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for up to 6 weeks after your surgery.
Breast Reduction Results
During your consultation, Dr Tillo will discuss your desired results with you and set your expectations for the exact breast size that can be achieved from the surgery. During the first few weeks after your breast reduction surgery, your breasts may feel tight and appear higher than expected. However, as your body heals, the breasts will settle into their intended position and feel natural. The final results will become visible as the post-surgical swelling completely subsides, which can take at least 3 months.
Breast Reduction and Lift
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgery that elevates and repositions saggy breasts for a more contoured figure. During a breast lift, the surgeon removes excess skin and reshapes the breast tissue. However, the surgery doesn’t alter the size of your breasts.
For some patients, the surgeon may recommend both a breast reduction and lift in order to produce an optimal result. This combination is ideal for patients that have saggy breasts that they want to raise and disproportionately large breasts that they want to reduce.
Breast Reduction, Lift, and Augmentation with Implants
Breast augmentation with implants is a cosmetic surgery that addresses aesthetic concerns about the size and shape of the breasts. The surgery aims to produce larger breasts and fuller upper poles (the region of the breast mound that’s above the nipple).
Breast reduction with augmentation may sound contradictory. However, this niche procedure, sometimes called the “addition-subtraction” procedure, has a unique role in a group of patients that have relatively large and droopy breasts with deflated upper poles. It is an ideal combination for patients who want to achieve smaller pert and perky breasts, with fuller and rounder upper poles.
Many patients and inexperienced surgeons often fail to appreciate that breast reduction alone may not fill the upper pole of the breasts to give a perky round shape. In these cases, the only way to achieve that shape is by reducing and lifting the breasts and adding implants to provide a long-lasting fullness to the upper poles.
Breast Reduction FAQ
How many cup sizes can you go down with breast reduction?
During your breast reduction consultation, the surgeon will determine the extent to which your breasts can safely be reduced. In most cases, the breasts can be reduced to any size the patient likes. However, this varies depending on a range of factors, such as the size and composition of your breasts.
Do breasts grow back after reduction?
For most women, a breast reduction permanently reduces the size of their breasts. However, there is a rare possibility that your breasts will grow back to their original size after the surgery, usually as a result of hormonal changes or weight gain. Therefore, in order to maintain results, it’s important to avoid fluctuations in your hormone levels and weight by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Does breast reduction affect pregnancy?
A breast reduction does not affect your ability to get pregnant. However, there’s a small chance that the surgery can disrupt your milk glands and prevent you from breastfeeding. Furthermore, you’re advised to wait at least three months before trying to conceive in order to allow your body enough time to heal.
Who should get a breast reduction?
The surgeon will determine your suitability for the procedure during a consultation. In general, a breast reduction is a good option for women who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their disproportionately large breasts or are experiencing physical symptoms such as pain and skin infections as a result.
Is breast reduction worth it?
Many women who have a breast reduction are happy with the outcome and consider it to be a worthwhile procedure. The surgery corrects both their aesthetic concerns by improving the proportions of their body and greatly improves their quality of life by relieving the pain and discomfort associated with having large breasts.