Breast Reduction

What is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is an ideal operation if your breasts are too large and heavy and you suffer from backache or bra straps that cut into your shoulders.

It is a permanent solution that allows you greater choice when choosing your outfit or underwear. This operation can be combined with a Breast Uplift.

The Results

The majority of women are delighted with the results of their breast reduction surgery.

They often report a greater ability to exercise, their bra straps are less painful and their backache is greatly improved.

Patient Review

“I recently underwent breast reduction and uplift surgery with Dr Lambe. I’ve always suffered with droopy, uneven breasts but after having my children they were at their worst! I came across Dr Lambe as I watch the Real Housewives of Cheshire and after some further internet research knew he was someone I wanted to meet with. From the start of the process Dr Lambe was informative, considerate and shared his excellent knowledge and experience in this subject area. I never felt any pressure to proceed with the surgery but after our initial consultation I knew I wanted to go ahead. I am so happy with the results. My breasts look amazing!! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Dr Lambe. You will be in the best hands.”

  • What is the price of breast reduction?

    All procedures at Reflect Clinic are unique to you as we all have different types of skin, unique shapes and our own individual aspirations.

    Please click here to find out the cost of your breast reduction surgery.

    Click book a consultation to find out what Mr Gerard Lambe, the best cosmetic surgeon in the UK can do for you.

    Once you have been assessed, you will then receive an exact price for your breast reduction surgery which is clear and transparent so that you can make arrangements for finance (0% finance is available via Spire Manchester) or pay in full to begin the next step of your cosmetic surgery journey to The Most Beautiful You.

  • You should not have this procedure if

    You are overweight, with a BMI of over 32, smoke or vape, are in bad health and are taking anti-coagulant medication or are diabetic.

  • Reasons for Breast Reduction Surgery?

    There can be many reasons for a patient to seek a consultation for a Breast Reduction but the symptoms that are frequently reported to me are back pain, bra straps digging in, deep shoulder grooves, problems with finding clothes to fit on both the top and bottom half, sometimes the skin beneath the breasts can be quite sore and often it can lead to poor posture either because the patient is self-aware or because of the sheer weight of the breasts. A Breast Reduction can help to reduce or eliminate some or all of these symptoms.

  • Who is suitable for a Breast Reduction?

    Ideally, you should be in good general health, a non-smoker, non-vaper, not taking any medications that may make you bleed or lead to problems with wound healing and are not planning to get pregnant or breastfeed in the future.

  • Assessment

    I will nearly always see a patient for 2 consultations before proceeding with a Breast Reduction. This is because there is a lot of information regarding the risks and benefits of surgery and I like to give my patients time to think it over and to write down any questions they may have about the surgery. It is sometimes helpful to look at pre and post op pictures here on my website and also on other sites such as It can sometimes be necessary to combine a Breast Reduction and a Breast Uplift (Mastopexy) as well as a Breast Augmentation (in some challenging cases) in order to achieve the final result that a patient desires. It may seem strange to talk of a Breast Enlargement as well a Breast Reduction, but a breast implant can be used to create fullness in the upper part of the breast while removing the lower part of the breast in a reduction in order to gain a certain shape and size that some patients like. This is why I require 2 consultations with many patients to discuss all of the different options in order to select the best one for them. This is also a good way to communicate to me what sort of result you would (or wouldn’t like) to have. You will have a detailed informed consent form provided after the first consultation and you should read this thoroughly and write down any questions you may have.

  • What is involved in Breast Reduction surgery?

    On the morning of surgery I will come and mark you up which means planning the operation by writing on the skin using a special felt tip pen. This is an important part of breast surgery when planning the new position of the nipples and the extent of the skin and glands to be removed.

    A Breast Reduction is done under general anaesthetic ie asleep. It generally takes between 2 and 3 hours to complete the surgery. I do not use drains and I use all dissolving stitches.

    A small reduction may mean that you are able to go home the same day but if it is a larger reduction then I prefer you to stay in hospital for one night to ensure you are comfortable and the breasts can be monitored for swelling or bleeding.

  • Post Operative Procedure

    You will be seen the next day by me in your chosen hospital to monitor your breasts and then allowed to go home with a plan to be reviewed in 10-14 days to check the wounds. It is important to keep the wounds clean and dry and to rest at home.

    You must ensure you keep yourself mobile by having a short 5 minute walk every hour as this reduces the risk of post operative clots.

  • Follow Up Procedure

    I will review you in the clinic 10-14 days later and remove the dressings and inspect the wounds. If all is well then you will usually have a much lighter dressing applied and then a plan to review your progress in about 4 weeks and then 3 months time.

    It is important in the post operative period to avoid anything rubbing or pressing on the wounds and so I ask that you wear a soft and supportive sports bra with no under wiring until I am happy that all wounds have settled nicely.

  • Complications

    All operations have the potential for complications and a breast reduction is no exception. The most frequently seen issues are in the small area where a scar meets the chest wall which can sometimes be a little slower to heal.

    Poor scarring is a risk in any surgery and is not under the control of the cosmetic surgeon.

    A risk that is always discussed is the potential of loss of a nipple. This is because the nipple has to be moved and it needs to carry a healthy blood supply with it. If the blood supply does not feed the nipple then there can be problems with healing or loss of the nipple.

    This is something I have very rarely seen in my whole career and is more common if a breast reduction is being repeated and the plastic surgeon does not have the information regarding the previous surgery available to them.

  • Results

    The vast majority of patients are delighted with the results of their breast reduction surgery and wish they had done it sooner!

    It can be a truly life-changing procedure for some patients leading to a new lease of life with increased confidence and a whole new wardrobe!

  • What is the difference between a breast reduction and a breast uplift?

    A breast reduction reduces the size and weight of ladies breasts using a carefully planned pattern of scarring.

    The nipple is often sitting in a low position in ladies who have larger breasts and this is also lifted at the same time to create a pleasing natural appearance.

  • How long does the surgery take?

    The procedure is done under GA (General Anaesthesia) so you will be asleep and takes approximately 2 hours.

  • Can I pick a cup size if I am having a reduction?

    It is not possible to promise a cup size but we will do our very best to produce the size and shape of breasts you desire.

    There are limitations to what can be achieved and this will be discussed fully with you consultation.

  • What are the possible complications?

    Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) is a very rare cancer that MAY be associated with breast implant capsules.

    Approximately only 3 in 100 million women in the US are diagnosed per year. The relationship between breast implants and ALCL is unclear and is currently under investigation.

  • Do I have to stay overnight in hospital?

    For an uplift you can usually be a day case.

    For a reduction, depending on the size of the reduction, you may need to stay overnight in the hospital and you should arrange for someone to pick you up the next day.

  • How long will I need help after surgery?

    Generally you will need to have some help with shopping and childcare for the two weeks at a minimum as it is advisable not to lift anything heavy while your wounds are healing.

  • What bra should I bring to wear post op?

    You should wear a supportive sports bra with no underwiring after your cosmetic surgery, as the wiring can rub in wounds and cause them to break down.

    Front fastening bras are often easier to use after surgery so you are not stretching behind you.

    We recommend support garments made by Macom. See our Macom page.

  • What should I do if I am worried post op?

    If you have any cause for concern after your surgery such as dressings being soiled or increasing pain and redness, then you should contact the hospital on the number provided on your discharge notes.

    We will also review you in the clinic 2 weeks after surgery and remove your dressings and check your wounds are healing nicely.

  • What about breast feeding?

    Unfortunately, breast feeding is highly unlikely to be possible after this surgery.

  • How do I book?

    You will need a private consultation to discuss your personal requirements as everyone is different.

    For a confidential, informal chat

    please call Jayne on:


Procedure Overview – What to Expect

  • Treatment Time

    2 – 2.5 hours

  • Hospital Stay

    One night

  • Walking

    Day one

  • Time off work

    2 weeks for sedentary roles

  • Driving

    3 weeks

  • Exercising

    8 weeks

  • Bathing

    Showers after 3 days, no bathing until healed

  • Aftercare

    Sports bra for 6 – 8 weeks

You’ve come to the right place!

We have a fantastic 5 star team here at Reflect Clinic, with an award-winning reputation and many, many reviews which call us “The Best Cosmetic Surgery Company” in Manchester, Cheshire and the North West!

If you would like to discuss improvements to your face, body or breasts and wish to find out what can be achieved with cosmetic surgery, then come and discuss your options with us in a gentle and understanding environment, at a convenient date and time for YOU.

You can contact Jayne direct via mobile on 07434572794 (office hours) or she will contact you directly if you complete our contact form.

We look forward to seeing you soon on your journey to becoming “The Most Beautiful You”.

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