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Having breasts that are too large for your body can diminish your quality of life. Many women suffer from chronic pain, unwanted attention, anxiety, difficulty finding fitted clothing, and other issues as a consequence of oversized breasts. A breast reduction is a surgical procedure that can reduce the size of the breasts to provide relief of these symptoms with a more balanced and attractive body shape.

Improving Your Breast Size

Chronic neck, head, back, and shoulder pain are common side effects of having excessively large breasts. Skin irritation from overburdened bra straps or from rubbing beneath the breasts is another concern. Furthermore, large breasts often impede physical mobility in regular activities as well as in exercise and may limit athletes in their performance and speed. Reducing breast size through breast reduction surgery relieves the stress, pressure, and cumbersome weight of the breasts to reduce discomfort and improve manoeuvrability.
Oversized breasts may create a disproportionate appearance. Clothing styles are rarely designed to accommodate a large bust, which can further affect your appearance in a negative fashion. Breast reduction surgery can enhance a woman’s figure by making it more proportionate and balanced. After breast reduction, women usually have a more balanced figure that will allow them to find more flattering clothing options with improved fit.
Having overly large breasts may contribute to poor self-image and decreased self-confidence. Your breasts may attract unwanted attention and cause you to feel anxiety and stress about your appearance. While improving your figure, breast reduction can boost your confidence, strengthen your emotional well-being, and increase your overall quality of life.

Breast Reduction Techniques

Traditional Anchor Technique

  • Removes breast tissue and fat through an incision that surrounds the nipple, extends down to the breast crease, and extends along the breast crease
  • Elevates, repositions, and resizes the nipples where appropriate
  • Removes excess skin where necessary
  • Can significantly alter the size of the breasts
  • Corrects sagging associated with overly large breasts
  • Improves breast placement, position, and shape
  • Most invasive breast reduction technique
  • Ideal for candidates who need a large amount of tissue removed
  • Typically the best technique for patients who suffer from chronic pain or physical discomfort due to having large breasts
  • Can greatly improve body proportions

Lollipop Incision

  • Removes breast tissue and fat through an incision that surrounds the nipple and extends down to the breast crease
  • Elevates and repositions the nipples where appropriate
  • Removes excess skin where necessary
  • Removes a moderate amount of tissue to improve breast size
  • Leaves less scarring
  • Can correct sagging associated with overly large breasts
  • Ideal for patients who need a moderate amount of tissue removed
  • Can greatly improve body proportions


  • Removes breast fat with liposuction through small, inconspicuous incisions
  • A suction device and cannula extract fat from the breasts to reduce breast size
  • Does not adjust the nipples or correct breast sagging
  • Does not remove any breast tissue or excess skin
  • Ideal for patients who need only a small breast reduction and who do not suffer from associated discomfort or pain from oversized breasts
  • Results are subtle and natural looking

Breast Reduction Surgery Concerns

Age: 21 to 25 year old female patient

Description: Photos taken at 3 months post op

Procedure: Bilateral Breast Reductions

Technique: Supero-medial pedicle with inverted T scar technique with preservation of medial pillar

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Age: 20 to 25 year old female patient

Description: Photos taken at 4 months post op

Procedure: Bilateral Breast Reductions

Technique: Supero-medial pedicle with inverted T scar technique with preservation of the medial pillar

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*Results may vary from patient to patient. There is no guarantee of outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ideal candidates for breast reduction will meet the following criteria:
  • Overall good health
  • Non-smoking
  • Realistic expectations about the results
  • Excessively large breasts that interfere with desired appearance, quality of life, and emotional well-being
  • Physical discomforts due to overly large breasts, such as chronic pain, skin irritation, breathing issues, and skeletal deformities
While unlikely, breast reduction may limit your ability to breastfeed in the future. If you plan to nurse, it is best to discuss your concerns with Mr Gwanmesia before undergoing a breast reduction.
All surgical procedures carry an element of risk. Rare complications of breast reduction surgery include bleeding, infection, poor healing, changes in skin or nipple sensation, and breast asymmetry. Mr Gwanmesia can discuss these with you in detail and will monitor your healing process carefully so that he can correct any improbable complications that may occur.
The final results are initially obstructed by swelling and bruising. As swelling and bruising diminish within a few weeks to a few months after your surgery, you will be able to see and enjoy the final results. Any scarring will fade over time, and your breasts will continue to age naturally. The results of your breast reduction procedure will improve your quality of life long term.
Results from breast reduction surgery are long lasting, and satisfaction is usually very high. You can maintain your results by avoiding weight gain or pregnancy after your breast reduction.
You can combine your breast reduction with a breast lift surgery to enhance the shape and volume of your breasts.
The cost of your breast reduction surgery will be determined by the extent of correction needed and which technique is used during your surgery. Other factors, such as anesthesia and surgical or facility fees, will also determine the cost of your surgery. Typically, breast reduction surgery by Mr Gwanmesia costs £7,500; view prices for all our treatments
Breast reduction is performed using general anesthesia.
Breast reduction surgery should not be performed on breasts that are still developing. Most young women’s breasts will have fully developed by the age of 18.
Breast reduction can resize and reposition overly large areolas as well as correct areolas that point downward.
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Dr Ivo Gwanmesia

Dr Ivo Gwanmesia is one of Harley Street’s most experienced and renowned craniofacial plastic surgeons. With over a decade of professional experience, he has transformed the lives of countless patients from all over the UK & abroad.

Due to his vast and hands-on training in the UK and the US, Dr Ivo now specialises in more than a dozen different aesthetic, craniofacial and transgender procedures. Some of them include face, neck, and brow lifts, upper and lower blepharoplasty, breast reduction & breast uplift as well as facial feminisation surgery, to name a few.

Dr Gwanmesia has also conducted pioneering research, which led to the development of a new technique for the reconstruction of the middle vault of the nose, known as the ‘Fulcrum Spreader Graft’. He was also part of a study comparing the efficacy of the Sheen Spreader Graft and the Fulcrum Spreader Graft. The study has since been published on PubMed and the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.