Surgeon-Led Specialist Clinic

Led by plastic surgeon Dr. Ayad Harb, we pride ourselves on the standard of care, quality and safety of our treatments.

Central Clinic Locations

SRGN has three state of the art clinic locations in Central London, Bicester & Ascot.

Care Quality Commission

We're regulated by the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

GMC Registered Surgeons

All of our surgeons are registered with the General Medical Council.



Breast Lift and Reduction

What is Breast Lift and Reduction?

Breast Lift and Reduction, known in the medical field as Mastopexy and Reduction Mammoplasty, respectively, are intricate surgical procedures that intertwine to address the multifaceted concerns of many patients. For countless women, these procedures offer not only an opportunity for aesthetic enhancement but also a pathway to relief from the physical and emotional burdens of having disproportionately large or sagging breasts.

As we journey through life, the inevitable forces of time, gravity, hormonal changes, pregnancies, breastfeeding, and even the simple weight fluctuations we all experience, can significantly affect the breast's morphology. These factors can lead to the stretching of the skin, loss of elasticity, and a decline in the firmness and youthful positioning of the breasts. With age, breasts tend to lose their perkiness, and for some, they might even begin to sag significantly. A Breast Lift addresses these concerns head-on, meticulously removing excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue to reposition the breasts higher on the chest, restoring a more youthful contour.

While a Breast Lift focuses on elevating and rejuvenating the breast profile, a Breast Reduction targets another set of concerns altogether. Some women are naturally endowed with large breasts, and while this can be aesthetically desirable to some, for the individual, it can often come with a host of problems. The weight of overly large breasts can lead to chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain. In some cases, the weight and pull can cause deep grooves from bra straps or even lead to posture problems. By expertly removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin, a Reduction Mammoplasty seeks to bring the breasts into a size that's not only proportionate to the body but also alleviates the physical discomfort associated with their size. This procedure, in essence, provides a dual advantage: the aesthetic beauty of well-proportioned breasts and the immense relief from the physical strain and discomfort of carrying them.

Both these surgeries, while distinct in their objectives, harmonise when combined. The melding of the two procedures offers patients a comprehensive solution. A well-executed combined procedure will ensure that the breast size is not just reduced, but that the remaining tissue is reshaped and positioned optimally, creating an overall aesthetic that is both youthful and proportionate.

It is crucial for patients considering this dual procedure to have a clear and comprehensive understanding of their desired outcomes. While it's easy to focus solely on the aesthetic benefits, it's also vital to recognize the potential health and lifestyle advantages that come with it. Engaging in a thorough discussion with a skilled and experienced surgeon will ensure that all aspects, both functional and aesthetic, are taken into consideration.

The combination of Breast Lift and Reduction offers a transformative journey. It provides a bridge between the present and a future where the body not only looks rejuvenated but also feels significantly lighter and more comfortable. While the decision to undergo such a procedure is deeply personal, the potential rewards, both physical and emotional, are immense.

At a glance

Treatment Time

2-4 hours


Restricted for the first 48 hours

Hospital Stay

1-2 days

Full Recovery

4-6 weeks

Time off work

1-2 weeks


After 48 hours, or as directed by the surgeon


Light exercise after 2 weeks, strenuous exercise after 6 weeks


After 1 week, or when off pain medication

Benefits of the treatment

Breast Lift and Reduction, while primarily known for their aesthetic advantages, go beyond surface-level improvements. These procedures often emerge as a nexus between the desire for physical beauty and the pursuit of comfort and health, paving the way for both enhanced confidence and improved quality of life.

One of the most immediate and visible advantages of these treatments is the aesthetic transformation. The harmonious blend of lifting and reducing breasts provides a silhouette that many women describe as not just youthful but also as resonating with their inner perception of themselves. This aesthetic rebirth often translates into newfound self-assurance. As the body aligns more closely with the individual's ideal, the boost in self-esteem is palpable. Clothes fit better, broadening the range of fashion choices, and many women rediscover the joy of dressing up and expressing themselves through their attire.

But the benefits are not confined to the mirror's reflection. Large, pendulous breasts can become a source of chronic discomfort. The physical strain manifests in persistent back, neck, and shoulder pain, which over time can be debilitating. By adeptly reducing the breast size, the procedure alleviates this physical burden. Women often report a noticeable reduction in pain, allowing them to engage in activities that might have been previously avoided. Simple joys, like a brisk walk or a dance session, become accessible and pain-free.

Further adding to the treatment's merits is the resolution of skin-related issues. The weight and shape of large breasts can lead to skin chafing, infections, and even unsightly rashes in the creases. By addressing the root cause, the size, and position of the breasts, these problems can be effectively mitigated. A reduction in size also eases the deep grooves caused by bra straps, a common issue that many women with larger breasts contend with.

Lastly, a notable benefit that often goes unspoken is the emotional relief. Being the subject of unwanted attention or facing societal pressures can take a toll on mental well-being. Achieving a breast profile that aligns more closely with one's desired appearance can alleviate some of these emotional stressors, leading to improved mental health and well-being.

In essence, the combination of Breast Lift and Reduction is transformative. It offers a comprehensive palette of benefits, ranging from the joy of aesthetic beauty to the profound relief of physical and emotional burdens.

Will The Surgery Leave Scars?

Scarring is an intrinsic part of the body's healing process following any surgical intervention. When it comes to breast lift and reduction, the incisions made, while necessary for the procedure, will inevitably result in some form of scarring. The nature, visibility, and longevity of these scars are influenced by several factors, including individual genetics, the surgical technique employed, and post-operative care. Skilled surgeons use advanced techniques to strategically place these incisions, often aligning them with the natural contours and folds of the breast to make them as inconspicuous as possible. Over time, with proper care, these scars tend to fade and become less noticeable. Furthermore, post-surgical treatments and certain topical applications can aid in the scar-reducing process. However, it's vital to maintain realistic expectations and understand that while scars may diminish, they don't disappear entirely.

Can I Breastfeed After The Procedure?

The potential to breastfeed after undergoing a breast lift and reduction is a common concern for many women. While the procedures can impact the milk ducts and glands, many women have successfully breastfed after undergoing these surgeries. However, there are no definitive guarantees. The degree to which breastfeeding ability is affected hinges on the surgical technique used and the specific alterations made during the procedure. Some techniques might preserve more of the milk-producing glandular tissue and ducts than others. It's of paramount importance to discuss future breastfeeding intentions with your surgeon prior to the procedure. They can provide insight into the best surgical approach tailored to your desires and concerns. Moreover, having a lactation consultant post-surgery can provide valuable guidance and support.

How Long Will The Results Last?

The longevity of the results from a breast lift and reduction varies based on individual factors and life events. While the procedure offers lasting changes, it doesn't arrest the natural ageing process or the effects of gravity. Other variables, such as significant weight fluctuations, subsequent pregnancies, and overall health, can influence the durability of the surgical outcome. Typically, maintaining a stable weight and leading a healthy lifestyle can help in prolonging the results. Furthermore, wearing supportive bras and taking care of one's skin can mitigate the effects of time and environmental factors. Regular check-ups and consultations with your surgeon can help in ensuring that the results remain optimal and any potential issues are addressed promptly.

Is There An Ideal Age For The Procedure?

Age, while a factor in any surgical decision, is not the sole determinant when considering a breast lift and reduction. More critical than chronological age is the individual's physiological health, the elasticity of their skin, and their personal reasons for seeking the surgery. Some younger women might seek a reduction due to the physical discomfort of disproportionately large breasts, while older women might desire a lift to address age-related sagging. It's typically advised to consider such procedures after significant life events, like childbearing, are concluded to maintain the longevity of the results. However, each person's journey and reasons are unique, and it's best to consult with a board-certified surgeon to assess the ideal timing and approach tailored to the individual's circumstances.

How Soon Can I Wear A Regular Bra After The Surgery?

Post-operative care is crucial for optimal healing and results. Typically, after a breast lift and reduction, patients are advised to wear a surgical or supportive bra, which minimises swelling and supports the breasts as they heal. Transitioning back to regular bras is not just about time but also about the healing process. Generally, the shift to conventional bras occurs after 4-6 weeks. However, it's essential to follow the surgeon's specific recommendations. It's worth noting that underwire bras might be discouraged for a more extended period to prevent any irritation along the incision sites. Throughout the recovery process, comfort and support should be the guiding principles in bra selection. Regular consultations with the surgeon post-operation will offer guidance tailored to the individual's healing progress.

About Our Clinic

Located in the heart of Ascot, Bicester, and London, the SRGN Clinic exemplifies afusion of cutting-edge science, unparalleled skill, and an unwavering commitment to patient care. The clinic stands as a beacon of excellence in thefield of aesthetic and plastic surgery.

Leading the team at SRGN is Dr. Ayad Harb, a renowned plastic surgeon and aesthetic trainer. His expertise, honed by years of experience and a genuine passion for improving lives, defines the very core of the clinic's ethos. Dr. Harb's innovative techniques, combined with an artistic eye for detail, enable him to deliver consistently exceptional results that are tailored to each patient's individual needs and desires.

At SRGN, we believe in the transformative power of aesthetic and plastic surgery. Our treatments, ranging from non-invasive procedures to complex surgical interventions, are designed to enhance and accentuate your natural beauty. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment where you can discuss your aesthetic goals openly, and together we create a treatment plan that brings these goals to life.

Every member of the SRGN team shares a deep commitment to patient care. We prioritise your comfort, safety, and satisfaction from the moment you step into our clinic. Each of our facilities mirrors the luxury and tranquility of their surroundings, offering a serene space where you can embark on your journey to self-improvement.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.