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Are there any other costs to consider before undergoing a breast reduction?

Are there any other costs to consider before undergoing a breast reduction?


There are many reasons why somebody would want to undergo breast reduction (or reduction mammoplasty). The surgery offers significant benefits, including alleviating back pain, improving posture, and enhancing self-esteem. Whether this is a breast reduction or gynaecomastia (male breast reduction), it is not only the initial surgery fee you should consider; there are other costs that may arise after a breast reduction operation.

This guide will explore which costs a prospective patient should consider before undergoing a breast reduction, including the surrounding factors post-plastic surgery.

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What factors can influence the cost of breast reduction?

Breast reduction surgery’s cost can vary widely and is influenced by several factors, including:

Location of the clinic

Where the cosmetic surgery is based may impact the cost of breast reduction. In the UK, clinics in large cities, particularly London, tend to have a higher fee due to larger overheads compared to smaller towns or regions.

Type of hospital or clinic

Choosing between a private practice and an NHS service impacts the cost drastically. NHS procedures are usually covered if deemed medically necessary. However, this often does not include breast reduction, which is thought to be a cosmetic surgery. Many prospective patients choose to go to a private clinic, as they have more flexibility and shorter waiting periods but at a higher cost.

For more information, read our guide on whether breast reduction is covered by insurance providers here.

Type of anaesthesia used

These fees can vary based on the anaesthetist’s experience and the duration of the surgery. General anaesthesia, which is commonly used for breast reduction, tends to be more expensive than local anaesthesia.

Breast reduction surgical method

The surgical approach needed can vary. Some patients may require more extensive tissue removal or additional procedures like liposuction to achieve the desired contour.

If further surgery is required, this will be discussed in the breast reduction consultation with the surgeon. They may ask for medical tests, such as X-rays or blood tests, to determine the best approach to surgery that will result in the best cosmetic outcome.

Expertise of the surgeon

The surgeon’s skill level and recognition of the surgeon play a crucial role in determining the cost. Surgeons who are board-certified and have a wealth of experience often charge more due to their established credibility and track record of successful outcomes.

One of the benefits of going to a private cosmetic clinic is that patients can choose who performs their surgery. Choosing a reputable and experienced plastic surgeon is key to guarantee complete satisfaction with the breast reduction. Although this may come at a higher cost, it is recommended to seek more experienced surgeons with a successful track record based on patient testimonials.

Find out more about choosing a surgeon for breast reduction here.

What is included in the overall breast reduction procedure cost?

The breast reduction cost will vary depending on the specific clinic and cosmetic surgeon.

  • Pre-operative consultation and investigations

  • The surgery

  • Hospital stay and any treatment required

  • All follow-ups relating to the surgery

  • Any emergency treatments pertaining to plastic surgery in the first year

For more information, read our expert guide on how much breast reduction costs in the UK here.

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

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CS Derbushire says…

From the very first visit Mr McCully and his staff made me feel at ease and discussed every aspect of the Breast reduction procedure in an extremely professional and assured manner. The facilities at Park Hospital were very good and nothing was too much trouble for the nurses. The operation went as smooth as possible and the after care was first class. I would have no hessitation in recommending Mr McCully, his team and the hospital to anyone.

Read more patient testimonials for Stephen McCulley here.

Are there any additional costs to consider before breast reduction surgery?

Though patients looking to undergo a breast reduction may be concerned about the initial surgery fee, there are less obvious costs that may arise.

Prescription medications

After surgery, you may need various medications, such as pain relievers and antibiotics, to manage pain and prevent infection. These prescriptions can add a significant amount to your overall expenses, depending on what’s required for your recovery.

During the breast reduction consultation, the plastic surgeon will advise on follow-up medication. It is recommended to avoid blood thinning medications, such as aspirin.

Compression garments or a surgical bra

After undergoing a breast reduction, patients should alternate between two comfortable bras to support the breasts. Although sports bras are appropriate, some patients may want to invest in compression garments or a specific surgical bra, which may result in a higher cost.

Travel costs

You may choose a specific plastic surgeon based on their credentials and overall reputation. However, if the clinic’s location is not in your general area, you may incur travel and potential accommodation expenses.

When recovering from breast reduction surgery, patients are recommended to avoid driving until they are completely free of pain and restriction. This recovery period may range from 2 to 3 weeks, which may lead to a patient requiring alternative travel, such as buses, trams or taxis.

Time off work

Ensuring the recovery period runs smoothly is a large contributor to the overall cosmetic outcome of the breast reduction surgery. Patients are recommended to take it easy up to the first week after the surgery, with days 5 to 14 involving gentle exercise. This recovery period may result in taking time off work, which, depending on the company, may lead to unpaid leave.

Patients should factor in the recovery time when booking their breast reduction, as they should allow at least 2 weeks not at work. However, this may affect a patient’s monthly income and financial expenses.

If there are any concerns with aftercare or further costs after the breast reduction surgery, ensure you are asking your plastic surgeon any queries during the initial consultation.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between breast reduction and breast lift?

Breast reduction and breast lift are two distinct cosmetic breast procedures, though they can be performed together and share some similarities.

  • Breast reduction: Aims to decrease the size of the breasts by removing excess breast tissue, fat and skin. This cosmetic surgery makes the breasts smaller, whilst enhancing their overall shape and often lifting them.

  • Breast lift (Mastopexy): Focuses on elevating and firming the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Typical patients are often happy with their breast size and want to address loss of firmness caused by factors such as ageing, weight loss or childbirth.

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