Treatment guide

Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is a plastic surgery procedure that aims to make the breasts smaller and lighter. Feeling insecure about this part of your body can be distressing. You’re not alone in this though, and there’s been an increase in women visiting their doctor to enquire about a breast reduction. While this procedure is often undergone as a cosmetic breast surgery treatment, it can also be ideal for women whose breasts are causing them physical discomfort due to their size.

Qunomedical is here to help you find high-quality breast reduction surgery options at a fair price. Below, we’ve outlined a dedicated guide to the treatment, as well as options for the treatment abroad and reviews from past patients.

The content has been reviewed for quality and accuracy to the best of our knowledge by Qunomedical and its Medical Board of Experts.

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Breast Reduction Surgery Quick Details

WHO IS THIS FOR

  • Women who are experiencing back, neck, and/or shoulder pain due to the size of their breasts.

  • Women who are feeling self-consciousness or insecure about the size of their breasts.

  • Women who are looking to reduce their breasts by a minimum of two cup sizes may benefit from a breast reduction.

TREATMENT DURATION

  • Breast reduction surgery usually takes between 90 minutes and four hours, depending on the complexity of each individual case.

RECOVERY TIME

  • It typically takes around 1-2 weeks to recover from the immediate side-effects of the surgery.

  • Physical activities can be resumed after one month.

  • It generally takes a minimum of three month for the full results of the treatment to become noticeable.

  • Swelling and scarring as a result of breast reduction surgery can take up to 12 months to completely fade.

SUCCESS

  • Judging the success of the surgery is often dependent on your goals and expectations, as well as your reasons for pursuing the procedure.

  • More often than not, a reduction in size generally helps to alleviate or eliminate pain and discomfort issues.

POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS

  • Scarring

  • Difficulty or inability to breastfeed

  • Loss or diminishing of nipple sensitivity

  • Asymmetric healing

  • Numbness

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS

Before / After Photos

How Much Does Breast Reduction Surgery Cost?

Breast reduction prices can vary depending on location and the complexity of your surgery. Where you choose to have your treatment can play a significant role, with factors such as living costs, exchange rates, practicing costs, and regulatory conditions, varying greatly from country to country. Therefore, it’s important to consider all options before booking and discuss this in detail with your Qunomedical Patient Manager.

Quno Price

Below, we’ve outlined breast reduction surgery costs across a number of different locations. These are starting prices and are not fixed or guaranteed. They may vary from patient to patient, depending on a variety of different factors. They have also all been taken from Qunomedical-approved doctors and clinics.

CountryPrice (EUR €)
Turkey€2,500
Czech Republic€2,520
Lithuania€2,600
Poland€4,250
Germany€6,500
United States€8,490

How Does Breast Reduction Surgery Work?

As previously mentioned, breast reduction, also often known as a reduction mammoplasty, can be carried out for cosmetic reasons, or to alleviate pain caused by the size of your breasts. However, while there are different reasons for undergoing the surgery, there are still a few common steps that you will take leading up to the treatment.

Initial Consultations

The first step in your breast reduction journey is to have some initial consultations with both your doctor and your Qunomedical Patient Manager. It’s important to use this time to discuss your desired outcomes from the treatment. Your doctor may ask you to describe what these are and the reasoning behind them, which will then allow you to set realistic goals together.

Your doctor will ask a few background questions to get a better understanding of what can be achieved. They will likely ask about:

  • Your medical history.

  • Your current lifestyle, including how much you work and how much physical activity you typically do.

  • Whether or not you have children or whether you intend to have any soon.

  • Whether you’re planning to lose a large amount of weight.

By building up this background knowledge, your doctor will have a better understanding of what the realistic expectations of your breast reduction surgery will be.

Planning Your Surgery

Prior to breast reduction surgery, your doctor will conduct a thorough examination of your breasts, in particular taking measurements to record the exact size, shape, and symmetry, as well as the size and position of your nipples and areolas.

Your doctor will also take photos and usually recommend a mammogram — a low energy X-ray that allows for examination and screening — to ensure they have accurate pre-surgery documentation of your breasts. This will also make it easier for them to detect any future changes.

What Does a Breast Reduction Surgery Involve?

Once the planning and preparation stages are complete, you’ll be ready to undergo your breast reduction treatment. This surgery is carried out under general anesthetic, meaning that you’ll be unconscious — or ‘asleep’ — throughout the entire procedure.

Breast reduction surgery involves four key steps:

1. Making the incisions: Incisions are made around the areola, down the breast to the breast crease, followed by an inverted T or anchor shaped incision around the whole area.

2. Repositioning your nipple: This follows the incision stage and is usually done while the breast is attached to a blood supply.

3. Removing excess fat: This is the stage that causes the reduction in size. Excess fat is removed, along with glandular tissue and skin, from your breasts.

4. Reshaping: After the excess fat and glandular tissue is removed, the remaining breast tissue is reshaped.

Your surgeon will likely make three different incisions per breast to remove excess tissue, fat, and skin. The skin located above the nipple will be used to reshape the breast and liposuction may also be used to contour the new shape.

Some doctors may also recommend a breast lift as an additional procedure alongside your breast reduction, for maximum aesthetic change. This is something that you can discuss with your doctor and Qunomedical Patient Manager prior to your treatment.

Breast Reduction Recovery: What Should I Expect Following My Treatment?

The breast reduction recovery phase is unique for each patient and can be dependent on the complexity of the surgery that you underwent. However, there are a few common steps. We’ve outlined these below.

  • Week One

    In the week following your treatment, you may feel disoriented as a result of the general anesthetic and pain killers that you’re given. If you choose not to stay overnight at the hospital, it’s recommended that you make arrangements to have someone assist you with getting to your accommodation and to help with basic tasks in the days afterwards.

    Immediately after breast reduction surgery, your breasts will be swollen and painful. Your treatment team will cover with gauze dressings and/or bandages. A tube will also be placed under each arm to drain excess blood and fluid. Additionally, showering and dressing will likely be painful and difficult at first, so having someone with you will help to minimize the discomfort of these activities.

    For the first week following surgery, you’ll be taking medication for the pain and discomfort, as well as antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. Your doctor might also recommend an elastic surgical compression bra to protect the breasts.

  • Weeks 2-4

    In the next few weeks, you should start to see a reduction in bruising and swelling and the surgical scars should also begin to heal.

    Your breasts will still feel quite tender and sensitive, with bruising and swelling similarly to any other operation. Some patients also report a complete loss of sensation in the areolas, but this will fade over time.

    After two weeks, your stitches will be removed or start to dissolve, depending on the type that your doctor gave you. You should also be able to return to work and resume light physical activity during this time.

  • Week Four and Beyond

    By this point, you should feel relatively “back to normal”, but it’s important to still be mindful of the scale of the surgery that you underwent and take things easy. Scarring can be made worse if you push yourself too quickly, so for example, underwire bras, lifting heavy objects, and extreme physical activity should be avoided until discussed with your doctor.

    Additionally, this phase is important in regards to assessing results. Try not to get too disheartened if you don’t see what you expected. It’s important to be patient as your breasts “fall” after surgery. They will slowly reduce in tightness, the new skin will settle, and it can take a few months for your breasts to arrive at their new permanent state.

    In the majority of cases, the healing process will be complete approximately eight weeks after the breast reduction, but the full results can take up to a year to show.

Why Choose Qunomedical?

At Qunomedical, we take a patient first approach to healthcare. Our goal is to open up the option of high-quality, affordable to everyone, regardless of their background. We do this by thoroughly vetting doctors and clinics using our proprietary scoring system, Qunoscore. This unbiased system takes 21 unique data points into account, assessing aspects such as qualifications, accreditations, experience, facilities, and reviews from past patients. This means that wherever you choose to have your breast reduction surgery, through Qunomedical, you’ll be receiving high-quality care at a fair price.

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Betty, United Kingdom

March 20, 2020

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From my pick up from the airport to my consultation and then surgery and after care everthing went realy well. I had all the support I needed and I could not be any happier with the outcome.

I had my breast surgery with Dr Anı at GOP, From my pick up from the airport to my consultation and then surgery and after care everthing went realy well. I had all the support I needed and I could not be any happier with the outcome. I will be back for more soon. Thank you so much

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Maddison, United Kingdom

February 12, 2019

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best decision I have made in my life

This was the best decision I have made in my life. I totally reccomend Medilife Hospital.

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Gloria, United Kingdom

November 20, 2018

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If you are looking for a trustworthy, competent and whole body experience of care then you should chose KCM every time

I have just come home from having Reduction Mammoplasty - keyhole pattern, NAC graft in Wroclaw as I had been fighting with the NHS for 2 years to have it done here in the UK without success. The treatment I received was second to none and only the very best of care and treatment were given. My pain and recovery were addressed promptly at each request and given with the utmost respect and compassion. I was a very nervous patient and the staff were very compassionate towards this especially. Noth... Show more

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C.L., Australia

August 05, 2016

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The people in the hospital are so nice and friendly.

I had really big boobs and I was told by my doctors to look at getting a Breast Reduction. But when I looked into in Australia it was too expensive so I kept living with my back and neck pain. Couldn't go to the gym because of my back pain. So I looked into getting it done in Thailand where it was a lot cheaper and was told that they are really nice people. So I came here and got it done. <br> The people in the hospital are so nice and friendly, helped me through the whole thing, made sure I wa... Show more

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E.Z., Indonesia

August 05, 2016

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I am completely satisfied with all the services at Yanhee.

After so many years of back, neck, and shoulder pain, I decided to undergo a breast reduction surgery. I am happy that I found Dr. Pramote and Yanhee Hospital. I am completely satisfied with all the services at Yanhee and Dr. Pramote's abilities, skills, and politeness are great. <br> Thank you very much.

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J.H., Australia

August 05, 2016

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Everyone at Yanhee are the most amazing people.

After having years of heavy breasts and not being able to enjoy running and playing with my kids. Even driving in a car gave me trouble with large breasts. I am so grateful for the help of all the people and Dr. Pramote at Yanhee Hospital for giving me a better lifestyle.<br> I can now enjoy my kids and exercise to the fullest. Everyone at Yanhee are the most amazing people. <br> I can't thank you all enough.

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A.V., France

August 05, 2016

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You changed my life.

The hospital is very good, the nurses are very sweet and professional and my surgeon Dr. Somsak did an amazing job. I was very well taken care of and they have all my gratitude for being so good to me.<br> I recommend Yanhee Hospital with my eyes closed, to anyone who seek a top of the line service with good hygiene, technique and professionalism. Thank you. Keep the good work.<br> You changed my life.

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M.U., Australia

August 04, 2016

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10 out of 10

I was extremely happy with the assistance, with the friendly staff, hygiene. Was a 10 out of 10 standard. I would recommend to all to attend Yanhee Hospital for all procedures they wish to have. Very nice.

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