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Breast reduction

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Introduction
Female breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is an operation to reduce the weight and volume of the breasts.
Things to consider
Breast reduction should only be considered after taking medical advice from a qualified cosmetic, plastic or breast surgeon.
How a breast reduction is performed
You will be asked to undergo some general health tests before your operation to check that you are fit to have surgery.
Recovering from a breast reduction
It is likely that your breasts will be swollen and feel tender and lumpy after surgery. The final appearance of your breasts may not be obvious for several weeks or months.
Risks associated with breast reduction
The possible complications of any operation include an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding or developing a blood clot.
Male breast reduction
Men can also have breast reduction surgery if they have enlarged breasts, a condition known as gynaecomastia.