Breast reduction

Breast Reduction Scotland


At Quaba Plastic Surgery, we have expertise in all aspects of breast reduction surgery.


Breast reduction surgery carries one of the highest satisfaction rates of any cosmetic procedure. It is usually requested to alleviate both physical and psychological symptoms. Skin rashes, shoulder grooving and neck/ back pain may be improved (assuming there are no other underlying causes).

All breast reduction surgery incorporates an uplift and reshaping procedure to give a more natural, youthful appearance. There are a large number of techniques available and these need to be tailored to the individual patient.

Is breast reduction a long procedure?

Breast reduction surgery is not an insignificant surgical procedure, often taking 2-3 hours. It is important that patients are aware of the potential complications and the surgical scars involved.

Is there an optimum age for surgery?

It can be performed at any age as long as the breasts have reached full maturity (usually age 18 onwards).

What about pregnancy and breast feeding?

Breast reduction may be carried out before or after pregnancy. Studies have suggested that breast feeding rates are similar in women who have had breast reductions as compared to those who have not. Likewise, sensation to the nipple is usually preserved.

What are the risks?

What are the possible complications of breast reduction surgery?

Possible complications of breast reduction surgery include:

Bleeding – which may require a return to theatre

Infection – uncommon

Delayed wound healing – not uncommon – especially small areas at the “T junction” of the scars

Changes in nipple sensitivity – this is an expected outcome – nipples can sometimes be more sensitive or less sensitive and sensitivity will change over time

Nipple loss – exceedingly rare complication – higher risk in smokers and very large reductions

Breast feeding – possibility of reduced ability to breast feed although several studies show women who have had breast reduction are just as likely to be able to breast feed as those who have not had breast reduction surgery

Asymmetry – minor residual asymmetry is not uncommon – breasts are rarely perfectly symmetrical

Scarring – scars are permanent and may be unpredictable and red for some time – most women rarely complain about nature of scars following breast reduction – scars usually stretch over time and fade in colour

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

Revision – a small number of patients <5% may require some minor revision which can usually be performed under local anaesthetic


Prices from

Breast reduction £5500

Consultation £150

All inclusive costs for 1 year following surgery


Finance is available (subject to application and vetting) by Zebra Health Finance (formerly First Medical Loans). They offer interest free loans up to a certain value. They can usually provide a decision online within 15 minutes.


Your care

You can be assured at every point during your journey, a level of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality expected of UK trained (FRCS Plast) NHS plastic surgeons practicing at reputable accredited private hospitals in Edinburgh.

Care that is Consultant led, Hospital based
Same Surgeon at Consultation, Surgery and Follow-up
Full Members of BAPRAS, GMC Specialist Register


Further reading on breast reduction

Information from British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)

Information from British Association of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)

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Breast reduction

Type of Anaesthetic

Length of Surgery
2-3 hours

Nights in Hospital

1-2 weeks off work
6 weeks before strenuous exercise


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