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Breast reduction surgery is used to reduce the size of large breasts that are either out of proportion to the body or that may be causing problems such as back pain. Many women have this procedure to improve their confidence as they are unhappy with the way their breasts look.

Breast reduction

The procedure
Breast reduction surgery is carried out under a general anesthetic and usually takes between 3-5 hours. The surgeon may use several techniques but usually he will begin with incisions around the nipple as well as in a vertical line to underneath the breast. The nipple will normally be removed and then repositioned. Skin, fat and breast tissue will then be taken from inside the breast and the incision will be stitched.

After surgery
After breast reduction surgery you will usually be able to leave the hospital after a day or two. Breast reduction surgery will result in swelling and discomfort for 5-7 days. Showering or bathing may not be possible for up to seven days. You will be required to take at least two weeks off work and strenuous activity must be avoided two months.

Risks and side effects
Breast reduction surgery risks include hematoma, inflammation and infection. Different sized breasts can also be a problem. Finally, it may not be possible to breastfeed after this surgery.

Cost and prices
The price of a breast reduction surgery is approximately £4,550 to £5,500 in the UK. You can save several thousand pounds if you choose to have the surgery abroad. For example you can expect to pay between £2,500 to £3000 in Belgium and many other European countries.

NHS, private or abroad
Breast reduction surgery is possible on the NHS in some instances. NHS doctors will perform the operation if there is a clinical need for the reduction. Breast reduction is widely available at most private cosmetic surgery clinics in the UK and abroad.

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