Vertical Scar Breast Reduction Reduction Mammoplasty

Anaesthesia and Surgery

The Hospital

The surgery will be performed at either the Bristol Nuffield St Mary’s Hospital or at The BUPA Bristol Hospital. You will be an inpatient, and be in hospital for one or two nights after the surgery, depending on your recovery from the operation. You may be required to come in to the hospital the night before your surgery, at no additional cost.


Breast reduction is always performed under general anaesthesia. You’ll be asleep through the entire operation.


Techniques for breast reduction vary, but we favour the vertical scar technique. This allows for a longer lasting, pleasing breast shape and reduced scarring. The incision circles the areola, and extends downward into the breast fold. She removes excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, and moves the nipple and areola into their new position. She then brings the skin from both sides of the breast down and around the areola, shaping the new contour of the breast.

In most cases, the nipples remain attached to their blood vessels and nerves. If the breasts are very large or pendulous, the nipples and areolas may have either increased or decreased sensation after the operation. This usually normalises after some time. Stitches are located around the areola and in a vertical line extending downward. They will not need to be removed.