Also known as: Reduction Mammaplasty


  • Disproportionately large breasts causing both physical and emotional distress.
  • Complaints of back, neck and shoulder pain, chafing from the bra strap, severe discomfort and restriction of movements, breathing issues while lying down due to heaviness on the chest because of large breasts.
  • Large breasts causing difficulty in finding well fitted clothing, difficulty in exercising and sleeping comfortably.
  • Prominent large breasts causing a woman to feel self-conscious, due to unwanted attention leading to self-esteem issues.

What does the procedure achieve?

Breast reduction surgery is not only a cosmetic correction, but it also helps alleviate the serious physical problems experienced by women with large heavy breasts. Breast reduction surgeries can help women feel proportionate and comfortable in their own skin. There is a 96% to 98% satisfaction rate among patients undergoing breast reduction surgery and the relief from the weight of the heavy breasts is almost instant.


Patients with significant medical problems, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease, who may be unfit for a surgery under general anaesthesia.

Patients having unrealistic expectations from the procedure


Please choose a qualified experienced Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeon for your procedure. Your Plastic surgeon will have a detailed consultation with you, to assess your complaints and your concerns. You will be examined carefully to assess the breasts and determine the best surgical option for your breast reduction as per your individual needs. The surgeon will explain to you the scars, the lactational potential and the change in breast and nipple sensations that you should expect after the surgery. Please make sure that your surgeon answers any and all queries you may have regarding the procedure and post-operative care.


Breast reduction surgery is usually performed under General Anaesthesia.

Time for procedure

The approximate average time for a breast reduction surgery is 3 to 4 hours.


As with any procedure, complications can occur but can be kept to the minimum by an experienced plastic surgeon and good operating facility. The key is to follow your doctor’s specific instructions for the best recovery and results.

The most common problems in a breast reduction surgery are scarring and numbness around your nipples. Scarring also depends on how you heal. Any abnormal scars can be treated with scar modulating creams and silicone gel tapes, which will be advised by your surgeon as required, during your follow up visits.

After breast reduction surgery, all women can have some temporary numbness in the areola and nipple, but near normal sensations usually return in a few months. Rarely, some patients may continue to have permanent reduction in sensation or numbness.

Sometimes there may be a chance of infection or wound problems in the operated area leading to healing issues. This can be corrected in most cases with the help of proper antibiotics and regular dressing changes. There is a small possibility of requiring a minor surgical procedure if the infection or wound does not settle and heal in spite of treatment with antibiotics and dressings.

There can be some breast irregularities or asymmetry between the two breasts. A slight difference between the size and shape two breasts is normal and acceptable. If the difference is fairly noticeable a secondary corrective procedure may be considered, after a few months.


Breast reduction is a safe surgery with only mild pain, which can be easily controlled by analgesics. Most patients tolerate any minor discomfort.