Things to consider before you go ahead

It's important to discuss your problems and options with your GP and an appropriately qualified surgeon before having a breast reduction.

This will help you get a clear idea of what changes you can expect to see and ensure you're aware of any risks involved.

Be aware that:

  • a significant reductioncan alter the shape and look ofyour breasts
  • there will be scarring andpossiblylost or altered nipple sensation
  • your breasts can change in size and shape after surgery for example,theymay increase or decrease in size if you put on or lose weight
  • breasts have a tendency to droop over time
  • your breasts can get bigger during pregnancy andyou may not be able to breastfeed after surgery so you may need to wait until you're sure you don't want to have any more children

For women with very large breasts, the benefits of a reduction may outweigh any potential problems. But for women with only moderately large breasts, the benefits may not be worth the risks.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018