Mr Nigel Horlock

Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Breast Reduction Boosts Quality of Life for Many Decades After Surgery

A new breast reduction benefits study has revealed women who undergo a breast reduction procedure, often experience a better quality of life even decades later. The study looked at the effect the procedure has on those who undergo a breast reduction under the age of 25.

Here, we’ll explore the study and its findings, along with what it means for those thinking of undergoing the procedure.

Breast reduction surgery and quality of life

The study included 37 women under the age of 25 who had undergone a breast reduction between the years 1980 and 2003. They completed surveys and were followed up on over a period of 10 years.

The results of the surveys showed there was a high level of well-being and satisfaction after the procedure. The scores the women could use in their responses ranged from 0 (worst) to 100. They were compared against a group of women who hadn’t undergone breast reduction surgery. In terms of breast satisfaction, the women who had the surgery reported an average score of 67, while the women who hadn’t had surgery marked it at 57.

Interestingly, women who had undergone surgery also gave a higher score for sexual wellbeing of 72. The group who hadn’t had surgery gave a sexual wellbeing score of 55.

Scores were also higher for the women who had surgery in terms of psychosocial wellbeing and physical wellbeing.

Breast reduction benefits

Breast reductions are becoming a lot more popular, largely due to the positive impact it can have on the quality of life.

Larger breasts are known to cause a number of physical issues for patients, particularly those with smaller frames. It’s not uncommon for women with larger breasts to experience shoulder, neck and back pain. This can start to interfere with their everyday lives, preventing them from partaking in daily activities.

A breast reduction doesn’t just aim to reduce the size of the breasts, it can also help to tackle issues with asymmetry. While breasts are commonly different sizes, in some cases it can cause patients to become self-conscious and unhappy with their breasts. Therefore, undergoing a breast reduction can help to significantly boost confidence and self-esteem.

Things to consider before undergoing the procedure

While a breast reduction can have numerous positive effects on a patient, it’s still important to understand the procedure and its risks.

There will be a permanent scar left behind from the surgery, although this is usually disguised by a bikini or lingerie. Patients will also typically experience pain and discomfort for some days after the procedure, though this can be controlled with adequate pain medication.

It’s important to book a consultation with an experienced surgeon to discuss the procedure and its risks and complications. While a breast reduction is a straightforward procedure, it does need to be carried out by an experienced and qualified surgeon. Some patients may also be better off undergoing liposuction on the breasts depending upon the results they are looking for.


Mr Horlock's NHS practice is based in the regional plastics unit at Salisbury District Hospital. He covers Salisbury, Southampton and Dorchester. He sees patients in his private practice at Southampton, Salisbury, Dorchester.

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