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Mo Salhab MD, MS, PG Dip, FRCS 

Oncoplastic & Aesthetic Breast Surgeon

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Breast Reduction

  • What problems do extremely large breasts cause?

Oversized breasts can cause back pain, skeletal problems, skin irritation, neck pain, breathing problems and issues with self-confidence.

  • What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?

Aside from relieving back and neck pain, skeletal problems, breathing issues and improving self-confidence, your clothes will fit you better, you can be more active, and you feel better about yourself, which will affect many aspects of your life. 

Some women have asymmetrical breasts one being larger than the other. Breast reduction can correct asymmetry by reducing the large breast. 

  • Who is a good candidate for this surgery?

Women , whose breasts are fully developed and who are mature enough to fully understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results, are the best candidates. It is advisable that this procedure is performed after you have completed your family as pregnancy may affect the results of breast reduction and breastfeeding may not be possible in some women.

  • What are the risks of breast reduction surgery?

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  • What can I expect after surgery and the recovery period?

Following the procedure, you will have paper and waterproof dressing. You are expected to stay in the hospital at least one night. You may have surgical drains to remove any fluid that collects overnight, surgical drains are removed the next day after surgery. You should wear a supportive sports bra for 4-6 weeks until the healing process is completed. At the post operative clinic visit (two weeks after surgery) I will remove the paper dressing and assess your wounds. Your stitches will be dissolvable. You will be advised to apply paper dressing for about three months to reduce the widening of the scars.

You will be seen in the clinic at four months after surgery to assess your final results, this visit is free of charge ​​

  • Will I see sales consultants or advisors before my surgery?

No, I don’t use this type of service. I see my patients personally and provide them with professional advice. The initial consultation will last between 30-40 minutes when you will have a full assessment. An initial consultation costs £140.

  •  Can I have surgery if planning to become pregnant?

 It is  recommended that breast reduction is performed after you complete your family. Pregnancy will change the size and shape of a woman’s breast. These changes may adversely affect the cosmetic appearance of the reduced breast.

  • When can I return to work?


This depends on the type of work you do. You are likely to feel some discomfort for the first few weeks and you should avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for about 6 weeks.


  • Can I exercise after breast reduction?


I recommend that you begin walking immediately after surgery. However, women should not perform any intense physical exercise for six weeks following the operation. Physical exercise including weight lifting, biking, jogging, and other forms of intense activities may cause wound healing problems that may alter the appearance of the breasts after surgery.


  • When can I drive?


Usually, you can drive after 2-3 weeks depending on your discomfort. I would recommend that driving begins after you no longer have pain and you feel confident that you can perform an emergency stop without discomfort.  


  • When can I fly?

 I would recommend that you avoid flying for at least 3 weeks after surgery to reduce the  risk of developing  deep venous thrombosis ( leg veins clots) 

  • What breast size will I be?


It is unrealistic to give exact breast size after reduction. The resulting breast size after surgery will be in proportion to your body build. Realistic expectations are much easier and safer to achieve 


  • Will breast reduction affect cancer detection in later years?

The short answer is no. Breast reduction may cause benign calcifications that appear on future mammograms. Experienced breast radiologists will be able to identify the nature of these calcifications and reassure you. In addition, some women may develop fat necrosis after breast reduction resulting in hard lumps, these are easy to diagnose. Fat necrosis is  harmless, usually, settle with time and does not increase the risk of breast cancer