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What is breast reduction surgery?

Many women struggle with large breasts, making it difficult to feel comfortable in form-fitting or low-cut clothing. This can drastically affect a woman’s sense of well-being and their self-confidence.

At HR Plastic Surgery, which is based in London, Mr Ridha has extensive experience performing hundreds of successful breast reduction surgeries.

Breast reduction surgery, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthetic and involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and breast tissue.

There are multiple breast reduction techniques that can be used. Mr Ridha will select the most appropriate method according to your breast shape and size as well as your goals and desires. In addition to reducing the size of the breast, Mr Ridha also re-shapes the glandular tissue creating a more youthful lifted and perter breast.

Breast Reduction at a Glance

Surgery Time

2-2.5 hours

Time off work

1 weeks

Hospital Stay

Day Case


Day 1

Reasonable Mobility

Reasonable Mobility

Day 1



After 6 weeks

bras garments

Bras & Garments

6 weeks

Suture Removal

Sexual Activity

After 4 weeks

sleeping on back

Sleeping on back

4 weeks

Full Recovery

Full Recovery

6 weeks



1 week

bras garments

Scar Healing

2 weeks

Benefits of a breast reduction

There are many benefits of breast reduction surgery. One of the most common reasons women opt for this procedure is to improve their quality of life. Large breasts can cause several problems, including back pain, neck pain, and poor posture.

Breast reduction surgery can help to alleviate these problems and help make participating in activities much easier. Additionally, many women feel more comfortable and confident after surgery, as breast reduction surgery can make it easier to find clothes that fit well.

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Risks of a breast reduction

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with a breast reduction. These include bleeding, infection, and scarring. Another risk to be aware of is that the breast size may change over time, even after surgery. This can be due to weight gain or loss, pregnancy, or ageing. If any significant change is experienced in the breast size, additional surgery may be required.

It is important to discuss all of the risks of breast reduction surgery with the surgeon prior to having the procedure. This will help in making an informed decision about whether or not the surgery is the best choice.

breast reduction surgery cost - HR Plastic Surgery

Breast reduction surgery can help
alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain.

How is breast reduction surgery performed?

Surgeons perform breast reduction surgery under general anaesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision in your breast and then reposition your nipples and close the incisions with stitches. The entire procedure usually takes two to three hours.

Recovery time

After breast reduction surgery, patients may need to wear a surgical bra or compression garment to support the breasts as they heal. Some pain and swelling may be experienced after surgery, but this is usually well controlled with pain medication. Most women take approximately one week off work to recover from this surgery.

Follow-up appointments with the surgeon to check your healing progress are important. Therefore, keeping all appointments and following the surgeon’s instructions on caring for your breasts. Once the wounds have healed and the majority of the swelling has subsided, normally by 6 weeks, patients can wear a normal underwired bra and return to normal sporting activities.

Before and After images

View some of the results experienced by our breast reduction patients.

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How much does a breast reduction cost in London?

The exact cost of your breast reduction surgery will be discussed with you after your initial consultation with Mr Ridha. The total cost will be dependent on your unique aesthetic desires and the specific procedures that are recommended.

If you would like more information on the costs please contact us directly.

breast reduction surgery - HR Plastic Surgery

Breast reduction surgery can
help women feel more comfortable
physically and more confident

Why choose us?

At HR Plastic Surgery we believe that aesthetic surgery is a true blend of art and science. Mr Ridha is passionate about helping each patient achieve their desired look. Having years of experience in breast reduction surgery he has the skills and expertise to help you reach your goals.

We also believe in open and honest communication, to establish a clear understanding of expectations and set realistic outcomes.

mr hyder ridha

Meet Mr Ridha

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

Mr Hyder Ridha is a Consultant, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon who read medicine at the prestigious Royal Free and University College London Medical School.

Having graduated with distinction (MB BS) in 2003 and holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Developmental Biology (First-class Honours), you can rest assured you are in good hands should you select him as your breast reduction surgeon.

Our Locations

We are conveniently located in four hospitals throughout London. Find us here:

Hatfield Avenue,
Hatfield Business Park,
Hatfield AL10 9UA

One Medical House,
Boundary Way,
Hemel Hempstead HP2 7YU

Benslow Lane,
Hitchin SG4 9QZ

Ambrose Lane,
Harpenden AL5 4BP

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you require more information on breast reduction surgery please read our frequently asked questions:

This procedure is administered under a general anaesthetic and no pain will be felt during the procedure. It is normal for patients to feel pain for 2 to 3 days after the surgery, and pain medication will be prescribed to manage this.

As with all surgery, there will be scars at the sites of the incisions. However, these are placed in discrete areas as the inframammary fold or the periareolar margin, to minimise their visibility.

Breast tissue may grow again over time during pregnancy, with weight gain or the perimenopausal period.

There is no specific size requirement for a person to be eligible for this surgery, the more important factors that are considered are the physical and mental issues caused by having large breasts.

A full recovery from breast reduction surgery is generally six weeks. Some women may feel better sooner and some may take slightly longer, however, most women can return to normal activities again with ease at this time.

This article is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

*Medic First Limited trading as HR Plastic Surgery is an Appointed Representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Medic First Limited is a credit broker not a lender.

How to schedule a consultation

To book an appointment with Mr Ridha to discuss your breast reduction procedure, please give us a call on + 020 3907 6830, email us at, or book online via our website.

If you would like to experience how you could look post-surgery, you can book a 3D consultation on our website, where you can see your potential after results in 3D.

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