Breast reduction surgery, formally known as a reduction mammoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure where excess fat, tissue and skin are removed to make the breasts smaller. This surgery is generally performed for a combination of physical, aesthetic or psychological reasons such as to re-proportion the bust to improve self image and reduce pain or discomfort.
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The first step in accessing a breast reduction is having a thorough consultation with a trusted surgeon.
It is important to discuss together the issues you want to rectify with the procedure and your reasoning behind them in order to guide your treatment and set realistic goals.
Your surgeon will need to know your medical history, your current lifestyle (e.g work and physical activity levels), whether you intend to have children soon or plan to lose a large amount of weight.
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 of your breasts as well as the size and position of your nipples and areolas.
They will also take photos and usually recommend a mammogram to ensure they have accurate pre-surgery documentation of your breasts to make it easier to detect any future changes.
Breast reduction surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic, meaning you will be put to sleep for the duration of the procedure.
The surgery involves four key steps:
Making an incision around the areola and down the breast to the breast crease, followed by an inverted T or anchor shaped incision around the area
2. Repositioning your nipple – usually while it's still attached to the blood supply
3. Removing excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from your breasts
4. Reshaping the remaining breast tissue
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 be used to contour the new shape.
Additionally, some plastic surgeons may recommend a breast lift as a procedure to combine with a breast reduction for maximum aesthetic change.
You will likely be sore, swollen and disoriented from the general anesthetic and pain relief. If you are not staying overnight at the hospital, it is 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 covered with gauze dressings and/or bandages and a tube will be placed under each arm to drain excess blood and fluid. Additionally, showering and dressing will be painful and difficult at first, so assistance will help to minimise the discomfort and risk of these activities.
For the first week following surgery, you will be taking medication for pain and antibiotics to reduce discomfort and infection risk. Your surgeon will also likely recommend an elastic surgical compression bra to protect the breasts.
After the first week, you will start to see a reduction in bruising and swelling and the surgical scars will be starting to heal.
Your breasts will still feel particularly tender and sensitive, with bruising and swelling as per 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. You should also be able to return to work and resume light physical activity.
By now you should feel relatively “back to normal”, but it is important to still be mindful of the breast reduction procedure.
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 surgeon or doctor.
Additionally, this phase is most important in regards to your mental attitude. It is 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 8 weeks after the breast reduction, but the full results can take up to a year to be obvious.
The cost of a breast reduction depends on where you choose to be treated and your individual needs. Below are starting prices for breast reduction surgery. The pricing differential depends on many factors, such as cost of living, exchange rates, practicing costs or regulatory conditions, which may differ greatly from country to country.
Breast Reduction is offered in 17 countries
In Berlin from € 6,500
In Cologne from € 6,900
In Frankfurt am Main from € 6,900
In Hamburg from € 6,900
In Munich from € 6,900
7 Reviews in All Countries
February 12, 2019| Medilife Beylikdüzü, Turkey
best decision I have made in my life
This was the best decision I have made in my life. I totally reccomend Medilife Hospital.
October 18, 2016| KCM Clinic, Poland
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. Nothing was too much for ANY of the staff at any time of the day. There is a language issue of course but the staff actually understand much of what you are saying and if not there is always body language which is universal and there is google. The pre assessment was thorough and all incidental findings were explained to me and were included in my paperwork for my own GP here at home. I was to have a 2 night stay due to the amount of surgery I was having but as there were a few complications this stretched out to 4 nights for my safety and comfort. The nurses were/are amazing and it felt very much like a little family as opposed to a clinical orientation. Everyone smiles and made me feel important and my daughter who came with me for support was treated well too. If I had a criticism it would only be the food but then NHS food isn't great either. The biggest issue is not knowing what you are being served with no choice offered but Marzena Zukowska (Mary) the English speaking coordinator was absolutely amazing and personally shopped for fruit for me, reading material and also accompanied us to the Pharmacy to ensure we got what we needed. Without Marys involvement in this process I cannot see it as being so successful. The private international side of KCM has only been going since 2006 but I can see it going from strength to strength in the future. It is a family concern with Dr Monika Passler, Cardiologist, Philip Passler CEO and Dominik Passler coordinator all playing a part in the patient pathway closely. I could have had this surgery a little cheaper in another country but I chose KCM and cannot recommend them highly enough for there expertise and patient care. My daughter
is planning her surgery next year at KCM and l know that her care and treatment will be exemplary. If you are looking for a trustworthy, competent and whole body experience of care then you should chose KCM every time
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. The people in the hospital are so nice and friendly, helped me through the whole thing, made sure I was alright.
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. Thank you very much.
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. I can now enjoy my kids and exercise to the fullest. Everyone at Yanhee are the most amazing people. I can't thank you all enough.
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. 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. You changed my life.
August 4, 2016| Yanhee Hospital, Thailand
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.