Breast reduction surgery


Tees Plastic Surgery is one of the regions leading Plastic Surgery clinics offering breast reduction surgery.

All our cosmetic procedures are performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 15 years experience in Plastic Surgery delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages. 

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his expert team at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees or BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington - the regions leading private hospitals. At Tees Plastic Surgery you can be assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What could breast reduction do for you?

Improve the shape and size of your breasts

Reduce the weight of your breasts

Increase your self-confidence and self-esteem

Provide symptom relief - such as back and neck pain.

What is breast reduction?

Breast reduction is an operation to improve the size and shape of your breasts and improve their proportion with the rest of your body.

Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?

The best candidates for breast reduction are women who are having problems with large breasts. These problems include poor posture, back and neck pain, bra strap indentations, skin irritation, difficulty participating in sporting or other activities, difficulty finding clothes that fit or social embarrassment.

What happens before my breast reduction?

Your first appointment will take place with our Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin.

This initial assessment includes a full medical and breast history and a full examination in the presence of one of our nurses. We will then talk about what we can do to help, what is involved and what you can expect in terms of outcome, recovery and aftercare. 

Following your first consultation, we will write to you with further information and then see you again to get you ready for your procedure. 

What does the operation involve?

Breast reduction can be done in a number of different ways and we will help you choose the best procedure for you. All techniques involve the removal of skin, fat and breast tissue and repositioning of the nipple-areola complex (NAC) in a more youthful position. The skin is then closed with dissolving stitches and a showerproof dressing. The operation takes about 2 hours with you asleep 

What happens after my breast reduction?

Most of our patients stay overnight after their procedure and we like you to wear a lycra-rich bra 24 hours-a-day for the first six weeks. Buy a bra for the size you hope to be after surgery adding a little for post-operative swelling. You will be seen weekly in Dressing Clinic until you are healed, which usually takes 1-2 weeks. You can gently return to normal activities from day one but rest from vigorous activity like the gym for 4-6 weeks. You can go back to work when you feel able to do so. As a guide, most of our patients take 7-10 days off work. Once your breasts have healed, we advise you to regularly massage with Bio-oil or moisturising cream and typically scars settle within 6-12 months.

What are the downsides to breast reduction?

Most patients do not have any problems after their breast reduction. The most common problem we see is slow healing, particularly at the ‘T-junctions’. We will go through this with you in clinic. There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and it is important that you balance the benefits and risks for you. Breast reduction leaves a scar around the nipple areola complex (NAC), down the middle and under the breast (in an anchor shape). Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic, blood clots (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus), bleeding, haematoma, infection, slow healing, poor scars, asymmetry of size and shape, problems with the NAC including loss, asymmetry of size, shape and position, changes in sensation and pain. Numbness is common after surgery and usually improves with time and massage. Future changes in weight or pregnancy may change the size and shape of your new breasts. Breastfeeding is usually possible after breast reduction.

How can I minimise my risks?

Research suggests that non-smokers have fewer problems after surgery and we would strongly encourage you to stop smoking before your breast reduction. If you use nicotine patches, stop these four weeks before your operation. Likewise any medicines that increase your risk of bleeding such as Aspirin and other NSAIDs.

Are there any alternatives to breast reduction surgery?

Breasts can become smaller following weight loss and exercise.

Paying for treatment

Tees Plastic Surgery offers Consultant Delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington. Paying for your treatment could not be simpler and both Nuffield Health and BMI hospitals offer loans to fund surgical treatment.

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington.

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