Breast Reduction

The Ultimate Guide to Breast Reduction

Many women (and men) are choosing to have their surgery for breast reduction abroad to save on costs, but also because it allows them the time to relax on holiday before having to get back into their normal routines at home.

These days, there are excellent centers across the world dealing in all cosmetic surgical specialties, and it is not so difficult to find quality-checked surgeons who provide reliable, cost-effective services.

Am I suitable for a breast reduction?

If you are unhappy that your breasts are disproportionately too large for your body, or a source of physical discomfort then you may certainly be a candidate for breast reduction. If you are self-conscious about the size, if one is much larger than the other or if your nipples and areolas (the dark skin surrounding the nipples) point downwards you may also want to consider breast reduction.

Anything I should do before and after breast reduction surgery?

Before your breast reduction surgery you may:

• Have to have a mammogram (if you’re over 40), a chest x-ray or an ECG.
• Need to achieve weight goals and lifestyle changes to minimize complications
• Be required to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery to promote healing

After breast reduction surgery you should:

• Arrange for someone to pick you up and to stay with you on the first night after your operation
• Eat healthily to encourage healing
• Take it easy for at least a week and wear loose-fitting clothes that you don’t need to lift your arms over your head to get into.

How long does a breast reduction procedure take?

The time taken to complete the procedure depends on how much breast tissue needs removing. There may also be two surgeons working on each breast, which may speed up the process. Typically, it takes between 1.5 to 3 hours.

What's the recovery time after breast reduction surgery?

Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions on what to do during the recovery process, and what to expect with regard to symptoms and potential signs to look out for. It is important to remember that as we are all individuals, the time it takes to recover varies enormously, so just take your own recovery at its own pace.

Immediately after surgery you will be bandaged and may have wound drains. These will usually be removed within a week. You will also feel stiff, sore and tender and probably not want to move very much for the first few days, but this will gradually ease as time goes by.

Stitches will be removed around 10 days and your swelling and bruising should be subsiding. Movement should be better but it will take several more weeks before it returns to normal and considerably longer before you can do anything strenuous or heavy lifting.

It could be up to 6 months before you are completely healed, inside and out.

What's the cost of breast reduction surgery overseas?

There is no doubt that breast reduction prices abroad are much less than at home. Most people can make savings of 50%, and in some instances it can even be up to 80%. Compared to the United States where a breast reduction costs around $12,500:

In Mexico prices for breast reductions are around $3,900

In Thailand breast reduction costs $3,800

In the Philippines breast reduction prices average $3,700