Breast Reduction 2017-10-08T11:41:12+00:00

Breast Reduction Surgery

As you may be aware, ‘breast reduction’ is the procedure used to reduce the size of the breasts in terms of weight and volume. Female breast reduction is also technically known as a ‘mammoplasty’, or ‘breast reduction mammoplasty’.

Introduction to Breast Reduction Surgery

A woman’s breast size is determined by hormones, genes, weight and body frame. For the majority of women, the size of the breasts are proportionate to the body. Unfortunately, though, for some women, the breasts can appear very large in proportion to the body.

Men, too, can be unhappy with the size of their breasts. A male breast reduction is called ‘gynaecomastia’.

A female breast reduction is an option for women who are unhappy with the size, shape, weight etc of their breasts whether for cosmetic reasons or health reasons. Some women may feel that their breasts are generally too large or perhaps they have grown to be asymmetrical and so seek this type of procedure to correct these issues. In other cases, the size of a woman’s breasts could have implications on their health and so a breast reduction is needed in order to reduce further issues. For example, overly large breasts can be extremely heavy and cause pain in the back and some women are unable to sleep on their back as the size of their breasts affect their breathing. Obviously, the size of your breasts can also change with your weight and so the size of them can increase even after surgery, and is something people seeking surgery should consider.

Manchester surgeon Mr Andrea Marando’s breast reduction procedure will remove fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts (thus making them smaller, lighter, and firmer). Mr Marando can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). The goal is to give the woman smaller, better shaped breasts that are in proportion with the rest of her body.

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Always ensure that you consult with a professional, reputable surgeon such as Manchester surgeon Mr Andrea Marando. With Mr Marando all patients will receive the highest levels of quality in both treatment and care.

The initial consultation with Mr Marando usually takes about one hour and is likely to be at The Star Clinic in Manchester, or in Harley Street, London. If after the consultation you decide to proceed with the breast reduction surgery, you will be invited to come back for a second consultation with Mr Marando, closer to the date of your operation.

If you decide to go ahead and proceed with the procedure, you will always be invited to come back for a second consultation with Mr Marando, closer to the date of surgery.

Who is the best candidate for a Breast reduction procedure?

You will undergo a full assessment to determine if this is the perfect procedure for you. Measurements and anatomical details will be noted; photos will be taken, analysed and discussed; your expectations will be evaluated, and Mr Marando will explain all of the benefits and risks of the a breast reduction procedure in detail.

The Procedure

Why choose a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is an excellent procedure to reduce the size and improve the shape of the breast, giving a more youthful appearance.

What are the main reasons that patients choose a Breast Reduction?

There are many reasons to consider surgery: excessive size and heaviness of the breasts limiting normal activities; sport; indentations on shoulders due to the bra; disproportion of the breasts/shoulders/hips; overall discomfort.

The surgery involves reshaping of the breasts and re-positioning of the nipples following the removal of skin, fat and glandular tissue where needed. The breast is reduced by moving the nipple into its new position and removing the part of the breast that appear excessive in relationship to the frame of the patient. The entire breast is then reshaped and sutured with care and attention to detail. The procedure usually takes between 2 and 4 hours under general anesthetic (or twilight surgery for a small reduction) and there are numerous methods that your surgeon could use, which depends on the size of your breasts and your desired result.

Length of procedure – The length of a breast reduction procedure is typically 2 to 4 hours.

Anesthesia – Depending on the size and on the preferences of the patient (usually general).

Hospital stay – Patients can expect to stay 1 night in hospital in most cases.

Possible side effects – Temporary soreness and swelling; change in nipple sensation; nipple and fat necrosis (this is extremely rare); breasts can be sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks; the patient may become unable to breast-feed; scarring.

Risks – Every procedure carries some uncertainty and risks. The most common problems are bleeding or infection, increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin (which very occasionally can be permanent). Scars can sometimes be prominent or excessive.

In the hands of a competent and experienced surgeon like Mr Andrea Marando, the risks can be greatly minimised.


As with all surgical procedures, you will likely be asked by Mr Marando to alter certain aspects of your lifestyle to prepare for your operation and also during the aftercare period. This could include dietary alterations and tending to the wounds post-surgery.

Back to work – You can expect to be back to work within 1 to 2 weeks.

Physical exercise – It is ok to exercise the lower body after 2 weeks, but the upper body 4 to 8 weeks.

Contact with breasts – Wait 3 to 4 weeks.

Fading of scars – This can take several months to a year, occasionally more.

If you would like some more information on a breast reduction procedure, please call Mr Marando’s office and arrange a consultation to discuss in detail your specific areas of interest. The Star Clinic phone number is 0371 705 4565.

Alternatively, you can email the team at with your questions.

We do make every effort to ensure that the information contained on this site is accurate. However, all information is subject to alteration from time to time. The information on this website therefore serves as a guide only to help you and prepare you for your consultation with Mr Marando, your cosmetic surgeon in London and Manchester.

Why Choose Us

  • Mr. Andrea Marando qualified in Medicine from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome in 1991.
  • He then completed the accreditation process and became Specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1997
  • Mr. Marando is one of the leading cosmetic surgeons in the North West, keenly aware of the importance of minimal or no scars and highly dedicated to a natural look.
  • GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery, he is member of the Independent Doctors Forum, of the Italian Association of Plastic Surgeons (equivalent of the BAAPS), Board Certified (European Board of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery) and Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

What Clients Say

“Dr Marando made this whole experience so relaxing and gave me huge piece of mind..?”

About Mr Andrea Marando

Cosmetic surgery is a huge decision to make and one that isn’t easy. Mr Marando has many years experience.


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Our Philosophy

Different procedures fall under facial rejuvenation, such as the ‘MACS lift’, ‘Mini Facelift’, ‘Quick Lift’or ‘Full Facelift’.

Patient Care

Our goal is to understand the needs of every patient and and to meet or exceed expectations without exception.


Star Clinic is located in Manchester and Mr Marando performs surgery in locations all over the UK

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