Breast reduction in London

Some women may have spent years of their life, perhaps since puberty, unhappy with the size, shape, weight or droop of their breasts. This is where breast reduction in London can help.Dr Ahid Abood

Female breast size can vary greatly from woman to woman, and there is no ideal size. However, many women with very large breasts feel self-conscious or uncomfortable with their silhouette, and this is as true for younger women as it is for older ones.

Breast reduction surgery is a way to free women with overly large breasts from the physical discomfort and mental constraints that may be holding them back.

Mr Abood is a highly qualified consultation plastic surgeon who understands how important it is to feel happy and confident in our own bodies. He offers breast reduction surgery from his London clinic to help women achieve the body shape they desire.

Living with large breasts

Overly large breasts or pendulous breasts can make women feel self conscious about their bodies. In addition to the way they affect self confidence, over-sized breasts can be physically constraining, causing back and neck pain.

Many women in this situation find they can’t wear normal bras and that their large and heavy breasts stop them from doing physical exercises like running and highly active team sports, even when wearing a sports bra.

On this page, we look at how a breast reduction procedure in London can help, what breast reduction surgery involves, and may help you decide whether it’s the right cosmetic surgery for you.

Breast reduction London clinic

Mr Aziz Abood in London is one of the UK’s very best surgeons, specialising in breast surgery and reconstructive surgery for the NHS and his own private practice. Mr Abood offers breast reduction surgery to private clients at his specialist clinic for plastic surgery in London’s Harley Street.

You can contact Mr Abood for an initial consultation, or carry on reading to find out more about breast reduction surgery and decide whether it is right for you.

Book an appointment with Mr Abood at his London clinic.

Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?

If you have very large breasts, pendulous breasts, or disproportionately large breasts and have been unhappy with your breast size for some time, then the answer is very possibly yes.

If you suffer from pain and physical discomfort because of the size and weight of your breasts, then breast reduction surgery may be something you should consider.

It’s likely that you will know the answer for yourself, whether breast reduction surgery is right for you. But Mr Abood will discuss your issues around breast size and your aims and desired outcomes at an initial consultation.

It may be that there are other cosmetic techniques to help achieve the body shape you desire, which Mr Abood can advise on. Breast reduction surgery should not be used as a substitute for weight loss.

Losing weight can have a big impact on breast size. If you are seeking breast reduction surgery following weight gain, you may be able to achieve your desired outcome through weight loss and exercise, possibly followed by breast lift surgery.

What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is an operation that removes excess breast tissue and skin from the breasts, to make them smaller in size.

This procedure can also help to improve the shape of large, heavy breasts, making them lighter and more comfortable with a more youthful looking appearance.

At the same time as reshaping the breasts, the nipples are also lifted to an elevated position. In cases of breast asymmetry (when the breasts are not equal in size), reducing the size of the larger breast can improve upon the imbalance and restore a more harmonious appearance to your body. 

Breast reduction surgery with Mr Abood in London

Mr Abood performs breast reduction for women who experience significant problems from having large, heavy breasts, which can be physical as well as mental. Here are the most common problems that make women consider breast reduction surgery:

  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty in finding comfortable fitting clothes
  • The appearance of large, heavy breasts impacting self-confidence. 

Identifying whether you are a suitable candidate for breast reduction surgery goes beyond simply wanting smaller breasts. Most plastic surgeons would insist that you’re not smoking and are of an optimal Body Mass Index ( usually less than 30).

Your consultation with Mr Abood

A consultation with a General Medical Council registered plastic surgeon like Mr Abood will identify all the areas that need to be discussed in advance of any surgery. 

The first stage of your patient journey starts by attending an appointment with Mr Abood at his London clinic in Harley Street.

He will discuss your reasons for wanting the operation as well as focusing on what you’d like the end result to be.

He will give you his expert opinion on the best way to approach the procedure, which will also consider the condition of your overall health.

He will fully explain the procedure to you, to help you to understand what’s involved, including aftercare and any potential risks. He will make sure that you understand the whole treatment package being offered, including costs.

He will always give you ample time to consider the options that have been put to you and will happily answer any further questions you may have at a second consultation, at a later date, should you wish to schedule one.

You may bring a companion to the consultation in London. A physical examination is part of the consultation and you will discuss your medical history.

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What does the breast reduction procedure involve?

Mr Abood will perform breast reduction surgery in a fully equipped operating theatre and usually takes between 2 and 3 hours, using general anaesthetic.

He is highly skilled in breast reduction techniques to give patients their desired breast shape.

Markings are made on the breasts, indicating incision sites which go in accordance with the technique that Mr Abood intends to use.

The most common type of breast reduction procedure uses an anchor type or inverted-T incision. Incisions go around the outside of the areola, down to where the breast meets the chest wall and then hidden along the breast fold (the inframammary crease).

Removing excess breast tissue and skin

During the surgery, excess breast tissue and skin is removed. The nipples are elevated into a new position before the wounds are closed with dissolvable sutures and dressings are applied.

Most patients usually go home the next day, wearing a supportive bra while the breasts are healing.

Breast reduction London: Recovery and aftercare

The results of breast reduction surgery will be immediate but may take a few months for the breasts to fully settle into their new size and breast shape.

In the first few weeks following breast reduction surgery, you will need to take it easy as swelling, bruising and tenderness eases. You will be provided  a non-wired sports bra or post-surgical bra which should be worn for up to 6 weeks of the post operative period. This helps to support the breasts in the first few weeks while they are healing.

This will also help to reduce any swelling and make you feel more comfortable. After about 6 weeks you can swap the sports bra/post-surgical bra for one of your own choice.

Scar management

An important part of breast reductions aftercare is managing the breast reduction scars. Massaging the scars from breast reduction surgery is an important part of the healing process, as it will help your scars to soften and fade over time.

Post operative good health

Your body stays in good condition when you eat healthy and keep well hydrated. This too will help while your body recovers and repairs itself from your breast reduction surgery.

Your progress will be closely monitored through a series of follow-up appointments, which plastic surgeon Mr Abood usually arranges at 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after your breast reduction.

Safe and trusted plastic surgery with Mr Abood

No surgical procedure is completely without risk but the safety and welfare of patients is paramount for Mr Abood at his London clinic.

Mr Abood is a highly regarded and experienced plastic surgeon who has carried out many thousands of procedures, and is skilled in all cosmetic surgical techniques.

He will be the one who carries out your surgery in a fully equipped theatre, in only the most reputable London hospitals, with caring and highly trained staff that will help to look after you, following your surgery.

Does breast reduction surgery hurt?

Breast surgery is a significant operation and you will need to factor in the time required for your body to recover.

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic, where you will be fully asleep. In the first few days that follow the surgery a course of pain relief may be required – simple, ‘over-the-counter’ painkillers are often all that is needed.

Following your surgery, you will wear a  post-surgical bra or sports bra which will support your breasts while they are healing and keep you comfortable.

What are the risks with breast reduction surgery?

All surgery will carry some degree of risk. Mr Abood will explain this to you during the initial consultation, along with any complications that can arise.

Generally, you can expect to experience some swelling, bruising and tenderness to your breasts  following breast reduction surgery for the first week or two.

It is important to follow the advice that is given to you, regarding aftercare, as this will help with the healing process following your breast reduction.

What is the downtime after a breast reduction?

Returning to work following breast reduction surgery will depend upon the type of work you do.

As a general rule, most patients who have a sedentary or desk-based job can return to work by 2 weeks following breast reduction surgery.

If your work is more physical, then you may require longer as it’s not a good idea to stress yourself physically when you are recovering from breast reduction or any other type of surgery.

Exercise and the healing process

With regards to exercise, most can resume aerobic exercise such as cycling, jogging or swimming by 6 weeks after breast reduction surgery. If you are planning to go back to resistance type exercise, such as lifting weights, then it may be a little longer. Everyone recovers at different rates, so there will be flexibility around all of these timelines.

More about Mr Abood

Mr Abood is a General Medical Council registered consultant plastic and reconstructive  surgeon, working both in the NHS and Private practice. He has trained as a cosmetic surgeon in some of the best hospitals in the UK and abroad. This has included prestigious fellowship sub-specialty training in Australia and America.

He undertakes all aspects of cosmetic surgery and his ultimate aim is to create natural looking results that stand the test of time.

He has extensive experience of breast surgery and reconstructive surgery. In addition to breast reductions, he also offers breast augmentation (breast enlargement) and breast uplift surgery at his London and Cambridge clinics.

As a highly experienced cosmetic surgeon, he and his medical team appreciate the significance of a decision to have cosmetic surgery and are there to support patients in their transformations, every step of the way.

Begin your journey with Mr Abood in London

If you’d like to take the first step towards breast reduction surgery with Mr Abood, get in touch to arrange your first consultation at his London clinic.


Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions of the website for more information about cosmetic surgery with Mr Abood. It will answer questions about surgical procedure and post surgery care.

The Treatments section of the website contains extra information about Breast Reduction surgery, and there is a downloadable PDF with further facts about breast reductions.

We look forward to helping you achieve your aims in the way that’s perfectly tailored to you, under the outstanding care of cosmetic surgeon Mr Abood.

How to find us


9 Harley Street
Marylebone, London

Phone 0800 2335088