Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)
If the weight of your breasts causes you to suffer from back, neck or shoulder pain, a reduction could improve your quality of life…
Not every woman wants bigger breasts… But you already know that! Breast reduction (or reduction mammoplasty) is designed to relieve your discomfort if you have especially large breasts.
If your large breasts are causing you back pain, or causing you rashes and irritation underneath your breasts, or simply seem way too big for your body frame, surgical reduction can prove a great relief.
A reduction operation can also help make you feel less self-conscious, improve your self-image, make it easier to participate in sport, and therefore help you avoid weight-gain.
(Does the size of your boobs make exercise uncomfortable and embarrassing? If so, this can become a classic Catch 22 situation, that lots of women find themselves in! Weight control gets more difficult for you, and it’s fairly likely some of the weight will be accumulated around your bust. Breast reduction surgery can certainly help end this unfortunate cycle for you.)
Excess skin and tissue is removed, making the breasts smaller and firmer.
The surgery can frequently be combined with a tummy tuck or liposuction. Although we actually believe that it probably is a better to concentrate on one thing at a time, unless your cosmetic surgeon advises you otherwise!
Breast Reductions are not cheap, so you may be looking to get cosmetic surgery abroad to try to reduce the costs.
Because of the high cost of cosmetic surgery, many women choose to get treatment carried out overseas. You can get a comparatively cheap breast reduction abroad, and many people like you have succeeded in saving more than 50% of the cost for their boob reduction.
The savings are very real, but please do make sure that you check that your surgeon is one of the good ones…
Popular locations for for US citizens looking for affordable surgery are Argentina, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala and Panama.
In Western Europe, we find that most larger-breasted women getting cheaper treatment abroad tend to choose the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland or Spain, all of which offer big savings! Further afield, Thailand, India and South Korea are some of the choices abroad for saving money on surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I benefit from breast reduction?
You may benefit from a reduction if any of the following apply to you:
- Your breasts are heavy and droopy, with the nipples pointing downwards
- Your breasts are of an uneven size
- If the heaviness of your breasts causes you back, shoulder or neck pain
- If you get skin irritation underneath your breasts, then breast reduction surgery may be an answer for you.
- You feel self-conscious about the size of your breasts
- Your breasts seem too big for your body frame
- The size of your breasts make it difficult to do some physical activities.
In less severe cases, it can be sufficient for the surgeon to use liposuction techniques,
How is the surgery performed?
Usually, the Breast Reduction process involves three incisions, one around the areola (the area around your nipple), another vertically from the areola to the crease of the breast, and one more horizontal incision beneath the breast, following the curve of the breast crease.
Excess fat, skin and tissue are removed, and then the areola and nipple are moved to a higher position. The nipples and areolas remain connected to the blood and nerve supply throughout the procedure, so you should experience no loss of sensitivity after your cosmetic breast reduction surgery.
The breast reduction procedure will be under general anaesthetic and will require you to take an overnight stay in the clinic.
What are the risks with breast reduction?
As with all surgery, there is a risk attached to the breast reduction procedure. However, the risks are extremely low, so most women experience no complications, and are delighted with the results. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to discuss any risks, and determine whether this treatment is suitable for your individual case.
How long will recovery take after my breast reduction?
For approximately one month after your breast reduction operation, you should avoid lifting and bending, and you will require a support bra for around a month and a half. It is usually okay to return to (non-strenuous) work within two or three weeks of your surgery.
Mild exercise can often be resumed in as little as four weeks. If you are like most women with uncomfortably large breasts, you’ll find that after the reduction procedure, exercise will be more enjoyable, without excessive weight of your boobs.
Scarring is inevitable, since the procedure is invasive.
The extent of scarring will depend on the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed, and also on the level of skill of your surgeon. If your surgeon is any good, then scarring can often be quite minimal, and easily concealed. There are very good scar creams available that help to minimize the appearance of scars, although you should not start to use them until advised that it is alright by your surgeon.
How much does a breast reduction operation cost?
Prices are very different all around the world, and for this kind of surgery, you can expect to pay around 50% less in Central and Eastern Europe, compared to getting surgery in the US, or any similarly wealthy country.
If you are a US resident, you can pay around one-third of the US price in South and Central America, and in Asia prices can often fall even lower.
What is interesting is that very frequently, the actual quality of care and the skill of the surgeons is no lower, despite the lower price tag.