breast reduction scotland

Breast Reduction

Quaba Cosmetic Surgery in Edinburgh, Scotland, offers breast reduction surgery for women experiencing physical and emotional discomfort from large breasts.

Our skilled plastic surgeons use the latest techniques to create custom treatment plans based on your unique needs and goals.

Reduction surgery has one of the highest satisfaction rates among cosmetic procedures. It alleviates physical symptoms such as neck and back pain, shoulder grooving, and difficulty exercising.


Breast reduction overview


  • General


  • 3 Hours


  • Day surgery or 1 night


  • 1-2 weeks off work, 6 weeks before strenuous exercise

Procedure types

Breast Reduction

There are many techniques to reduce the size of a breast. All methods involve three basic principles:

  1. Moving the nipple-areola to a higher position
  2. Removing excess breast tissue
  3. Removal of skin to tighten the breast

The resultant scars can either be “lollipop” (vertical) or “anchor” shaped:


An anchor-shaped reduction is the most common. The scars are around the nipple, vertically and along the breast crease. This procedure corrects heavy breasts and droopiness and gives the most consistent results.

Vertical scar

With a vertical scar reduction/ lift, the scar is described as a lollipop scar – around the nipple and vertically down below it towards the breast crease. This technique can be used for women with moderate breast enlargement.

Procedure types

Commonly asked questions

What is the best age to have a breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is only carried out in women over the age of 18 years. Some women choose to have the procedure before they have started a family. Others have it after completing their families or much later in life.  It is not unusual for older women who have had surgery to say they wished they had the operation years ago.

Will a breast reduction lift my nipples and breast as well?

All reduction surgery involves an uplift and reshaping procedure to raise the height of the nipple and give a better shape to the breast. The operation can also improve breast asymmetry when a size reduction is desired. Many techniques are available, and these must be tailored to your needs.

What if I am overweight?

You can expect better cosmetic results and fewer complications if you are at or near your ideal body weight. We can operate on women who are overweight (within reason) if they understand the limitations. For some women, exercise is a problem with large breasts, and they find it easier to exercise and lose weight after the procedure.

How long is the procedure?

Breast reduction surgery is a significant surgical operation, often taking 2-3 hours. Patients must be aware of the potential complications and the surgical scars involved.

What about breastfeeding?

Several studies have indicated that women who have undergone breast reduction surgery have a similar ability to breastfeed as those who haven’t. However, it’s important to be prepared for the possibility that you may not be able to breastfeed after the surgery.

How long do breast reduction scars take to settle down?

Most women who opt for surgery are well aware that it comes with a major drawback – scarring. However, they tend to be prepared for it as they usually research the procedure beforehand and are shown before and after photos. Scars can take up to 18 months to mature and sometimes even longer. Before and after photos typically show results at around six months when the scars are still red. However, patients can expect significant improvement and fading of the colour beyond six months. It’s important to note that the degree and rate of improvement can vary considerably between patients.

How do you move the nipples up, do you have to detach them?

To move the nipples up to a higher position on the breast, a cut is made around them. The areola is reduced in size as it has usually been stretched. The nipple remains attached to the underlying breast tissue to keep a blood supply. The underlying breast tissue is repositioned with the nipple attached to sit at a higher position on the breast.

What is the recovery like?

Your surgery may be carried out as a day procedure or with an overnight stay in the hospital. You will be seen in the dressing clinic one week after surgery. Take at least 1-2 weeks off work to rest. The wounds should be healed by two weeks, but small areas of delayed healing are common so full healing can take longer. Light exercise can usually be resumed at four weeks, and you should feel recovered by six weeks.

How long will it take for my breast shape to settle?

Initially, your breasts will be tight and can look a little “boxy” in shape. By six months, they will look much more rounded and will continue to improve in form for up to 18 months.

Change in shape of the breast over the first six months after breast lift/ reduction.


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Why choose us?

There are several reasons why you should consider choosing Quaba Cosmetic Surgery in Edinburgh, Scotland, for your breast reduction surgery:

Experienced Surgeons: Our plastic surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in breast reduction surgery and are full members of BAAPS and BAPRAS. They use the latest techniques and technologies to provide personalised treatment plans tailored to your individual needs and goals.

Personalised Care: At Quaba Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that every patient is unique. That’s why we provide personalised care and attention to ensure you receive the best possible treatment before, during, and after your surgery.

Outstanding Results: Our goal is to help you achieve the best results from your breast reduction surgery. We take the time to listen to your concerns and goals and work closely with you to create a treatment plan that meets your individual needs and expectations.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our modern facilities provide a safe and comfortable environment for your breast reduction surgery.

Patient-Centred Approach: At Quaba Cosmetic Surgery, we are committed to a patient-centred approach to care. We strive to create a warm, welcoming environment that puts your needs and comfort first.

Benefits of breast reduction surgery

Here are some of the key advantages of breast reduction surgery:

Relief from Physical Discomfort: Large breasts can cause various physical discomfort, including back pain, neck pain, and skin irritation. Breast reduction surgery can help alleviate these symptoms and improve physical comfort.

Improved Quality of Life: With relief from physical discomfort and increased confidence, breast reduction surgery can greatly enhance your quality of life. Many women report feeling more comfortable and confident in their bodies after breast reduction surgery.

Increased Physical Activity: Large breasts can make it difficult to engage in physical activity, such as exercise or sports. Breast reduction surgery can help improve your ability to participate in these activities and lead a more active lifestyle.

Better Proportion: Breast reduction surgery can help create a better proportion between your breasts and the rest of your body, providing a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Enhanced Self-Image: Many women with large breasts feel self-conscious and unhappy with their appearance. Breast reduction surgery can help improve your self-image and increase your confidence.

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Benefits of breast reduction surgery

What are the risks?

Breast reduction surgery is carried out under general anaesthesia and lasts approximately 3 hours as a day case or with an overnight stay in the hospital. The risks of general anaesthesia include clots to the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and lungs (pulmonary embolus), and we take precautions to minimise the risk of these. Other risks include chest infection, and the risk of a severe life-threatening complication is approximately 1 in 100,000.

The risks of breast reduction surgery include:


Which may require a return to the theatre (less than 1 in 20 patients).


Is uncommon and usually settles with antibiotics.

Delayed wound healing

Delayed wound healing is not uncommon, especially in small areas at the “T junction” of the scars.

Fat necrosis

Fat necrosis is a rare complication where some breast fat does not survive and can look like an infection. It can take several weeks to resolve and may result in a contour defect.

Changes in nipple sensitivity

This is an expected outcome – nipples can sometimes be more sensitive or less sensitive, and sensitivity will change over time.

Pull on the nipples

Pull on the nipples, sometimes, nipples can be pulled or inverted when moved to their new position.

Nipple loss

Nipple loss is a rare complication – higher risk in smokers and substantial reductions.


The possibility of reduced ability to breastfeed, although some studies show women who have had breast reduction are just as likely to breastfeed as those who have not had breast reduction surgery. 


Minor residual asymmetry is not uncommon – breasts are rarely perfectly symmetrical.


Scars are permanent and may be unpredictable and red for some time – most women rarely complain about the nature of scars following breast reduction – scars usually stretch over time and fade in colour. You were shown several images highlighting the full extent of the scarring.

Under or over correction

Under or over correction – removing too much or too little breast tissue – final size can never be guaranteed – patients rarely mention that they feel too much tissue has been removed.

Risk of picking up breast cancer

Risk of picking up breast cancer – there is the theoretical risk of breast cancer being detected in the removed breast tissue that will be sent for analysis – We will advise you on whether preoperative breast screening is required.


A small number of patients (less than 1 in 20) may require minor revision, usually performed under local anaesthetic. 

What to expect and aftercare

Discomfort/ Pain

Some discomfort is typical in the first few days after surgery. You may experience some numbness around your nipples and incision areas. You may experience temporary soreness, tightness, swelling and bruising, and discomfort in the incision areas. Your breasts may be sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.

Bruising/ Swelling

Your breasts may feel tight and swollen for several days, and bruising is not uncommon.


Most of the discolouration and swelling will subside in 4-6 weeks.

Scars may be red and angry looking for six months. In time, these usually soften and fade.

You may be up and about in 2 days, but it will be a few weeks before you are entirely up to speed.

Your mood may fluctuate after surgery – this is normal. A small amount of blood staining on the inside of your dressings is typical during the first few days.

Your final breast shape will not become apparent for six months.

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I had a quite a big breast asymmetry to begin with which i was very unhappy with. after being denied by the NHS 4 times, i found Mr Quaba whilst doing research. From my consultation he has been so honest with me and so calming about the entire procedure. I had my Surgery at the end of august 2022 and i now am at my 6 months op and i couldn’t be happier with my results it has changed my life.


Realself Mar 2023