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How much does breast reduction surgery cost in the UK? | What are the cost implications to consider?

How much does breast reduction surgery cost in the UK? | What are the cost implications to consider?


In the United Kingdom, breast reduction is one of the most common surgeries undergone by women, with 5,270 surgeries performed in 2022. Also known as reduction mammoplasty, this type of cosmetic surgery reduces and reshapes large breasts to alleviate physical discomfort and improve the overall appearance. No matter the reason for breast reduction, both women and men (known as Gynaecomastia) must consider the overall cost of the surgery and the considerations they may need to make.

This guide will explore the cost implications of breast reduction, how much the surgery is in the UK, and the importance of choosing a suitable cosmetic and plastic surgeon.

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What may impact the cost of breast reduction surgery?

The cost of breast reduction surgery can vary based on several factors. One significant factor is the complexity of the procedure. A large breast size, or cases requiring extensive reshaping, may require more time in the operating room, leading to higher surgical fees. Additionally, the surgeon’s level of expertise and experience can influence the cost. Highly skilled and renowned surgeons may command higher fees due to their proficiency and reputation.

The location of the clinic or hospital can also impact the cost. Facilities in metropolitan areas or prestigious hospitals may charge higher fees compared to those in suburban or rural areas. The quality of hospital facilities and accreditation level can also play a role. Accredited hospitals with modern equipment and well-trained staff may charge higher fees for their services.

Find out more about breast reduction operations with our expert guide here.

How much is breast reduction in the UK?

In the UK, breast reduction surgery costs typically range from £4,000 to £10,000. However, this estimate can vary depending on the factors mentioned above. Patients should consult their surgeon to obtain an accurate quote tailored to their needs and circumstances.

It’s essential to consider the total breast reduction costs, including surgeon’s fees, anaesthesia, hospital facilities, pre-operative tests, and post-operative care.

Some patients may decide to go overseas for their breast reduction, where costs are often lower. Occasionally, however, these practices may not be governed by reputable surgical bodies and may not provide a safe procedure.

At Stephen McCulley, the cost of breast reduction surgery is from £9,250, or £7,790, with a recommended associate (prices as of August 2023).

For more information, book your consultation with Stephen McCulley.

What is included in the cost of breast reduction?

The cost of breast reduction surgery typically includes several components. Firstly, it covers the surgeon’s fee for performing the procedure, which reflects their expertise, time, and resources. Anaesthesia fees are also included to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety during surgery.

Hospital facilities and services are another integral part of the cost. This includes the use of operating rooms, equipment, and post-operative recovery areas. Patients may also receive pre-operative assessments and tests, such as consultations, blood tests, and mammograms, to ensure they are suitable candidates for surgery.

At Stephen McCulley, we want to support you through your breast reduction surgery. The cost of our breast reduction procedure is inclusive and covers:

  • The pre-operative consultation and investigations

  • The breast reduction surgery

  • Hospital stay and any further treatment required

  • All follow-up appointments relating to the surgery

  • Any emergency treatments or re-admissions relating to the surgery in the first year

All information on the surgery and what is included in the cost will be covered in the breast reduction consultation. Ensure that you ask any questions you may have during this assessment to fully understand what will happen during the procedure.

Why is it important to choose the right cosmetic surgeon?

Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon is paramount to achieving safe and satisfactory outcomes from breast reduction surgery. Qualified and experienced surgeons possess the necessary skills and knowledge to perform the procedure effectively and minimise the risk of complications.

Board certification and training are critical indicators of a surgeon’s expertise and commitment to upholding ethical standards. Patients should ensure their surgeon is board-certified in plastic surgery and has undergone rigorous training in breast procedures.

Breast reduction surgery is a large investment, both in terms of the cost and the physical impact it will have on your body. It is important to research cosmetic surgeons who specialise in breast reduction and have a proven track record supported by before and after images and patient testimonials.

Find out more about how to pick a trusted plastic surgeon here.

Stephen McCulley works extensively as a Cosmetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, offering private patients the latest techniques in cosmetic surgery. As a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), we believe in honest and open approaches in our surgeries, particularly in breast reduction, to give realistic and aesthetically pleasing options to our patients.

If you are interested in learning more about our breast reduction surgery, or to book a consultation with our team, contact Stephen McCulley today.

Frequently asked questions

What side effects or risks are common after breast reduction surgery?

During your recovery after breast reduction, you can expect some bruising and swelling, which will last between two and four weeks. It is also common to experience some leaking from the wounds as they heal.

If you are concerned about any side effects after breast reduction, make sure you contact your cosmetic surgeon for complete clarity.

Find out more about the potential complications of breast reduction here.

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