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Breast Reduction

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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.

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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. ”

Written by private patient

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

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Liposuction is a way of sculpting the body by sucking away fat in a carefully controlled manner.

Areas that you would like to reduce are targetted so that those key areas appear flatter.

Liposuction is typically given to the sides of the tummy (which helps to give an hourglass figure), upper thighs and inner thighs, but any area that is giving you cause for concern really.

You will come back from theatre wearing a compression garment and this is a very important part of the post op care so that you get the best result. The garment helps to stop swelling and fluid collections and ensures that the skin that was lifted up during the procedure sticks down smoothly.

You will have tiny wounds that are closed with dissolving stitches..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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Procedure Overview – What to Expect

Treatment Time

2 – 2.5 hours

Hospital Stay

One Night


Day One

Time off work

2 weeks for sedentary roles


3 weeks


8 weeks


Showers after 3 days, no bathing until healed


One Sports bra for 6 – 8 weeks

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