Breast Reduction in Manila

The Ultimate Guide to Breast Reduction in Manila

Last fact-checked: 27 October 2020

If you've had enough of the pain and discomfort associated with having large breasts and are ready to make a change, consider having breast reduction surgery in Manila.

Large breasts have been recognized as a health problem when they cause pain, discomfort, or limit your ability to do everyday things. Your breasts can be resized to be in better proportion to your body, eliminating the almost full-body pain and discomfort.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?

You may be if:

  • The size of your breasts makes everyday activities difficult.
  • Your large breasts are causing pain and discomfort 
  • You have other associated problems, such as posture-induced thoracic outlet syndrome, headaches, neck pain, shortness of breath, pain from bra strap pressure

Why Should I Get My Breast Reduction in Manila?

Manila has developed a network of skilled and experienced surgeons, as well as excellent facilities. You might be asking why you should travel all the way to Manila for your procedure, especially if the providers are just as good at home as they are in Manila. The quick answer is: price. Even when you combine the cost of travel and accommodations with the price of the procedure, you can save about 50-75% in comparison to staying home to have the procedure.

When you also consider the possibility of combing a mini-vacation (before surgery) to experience the unique blend of Malay, Spanish and American culture infusing the Manila experience. Read on to learn more.

What Is the Cost of Breast Reduction in Manila?

The average cost of breast reduction in Manila is around AUD $4,839 (NZ $5,280, UK £2,530, EUR €3,271, CAN $4,800, USD $3,600).

That adds up to an incredible saving compared to the cost of having the treatment at home, which is often not covered by insurance. For instance, in Australia, the price is around $16,417 in Australia. (NZ $17,913, UK £8,583 EUR €11,098, CAN $16,284, USD $12,214).

[Please note: these prices are approximate estimates based on international data, calculated at the time of writing. You can check the clinics pages on our site to obtain the latest, most accurate pricing.]

How Can I Be Sure of the Quality of Breast Reduction in Manila, the Philippines?

You’d do the same research for a surgeon in Manila as you would for a surgeon at home. Research the surgeon’s area of expertise, education, qualifications, memberships, how long have they been practising, and where is the procedure performed. Look at as many before & after photos as you can. What about the clinic facilities? Do they follow internationally-recognized hygiene and safety procedures?

While you are doing your research, explore Medical Departures. 

Booking through Medical Departures helps remove your risk. That's because we make it our business to work with the best, carrying out our own pre-screening checks before we partner with any medical facility. Our checks include:

  • Searching criminal/legal records

  • Collating and publishing real patient reviews

  • Verifying doctor and surgeon qualifications

  • Confirming professional memberships

When booking with Medical Departures, you are also assured of the best prices online, as well as 24/7 customer service and assistance with other aspects of your medical trip such as insurance, hotel bookings, and finance. 

What Does a Breast Reduction Procedure Entail?

Breast reduction surgery is carried out under general anesthesia, and removes about a pound of tissue from each breast, reshaping the remainder. Sometimes the areola/nipple may be relocated.


Your surgeon will choose the best technique for you; the common types are summarised below:

  • The inferior pedicle technique includes three different incision types including the Anchor pattern, inverted-T incision, and Wise pattern. This technique reduces breast size while maintaining a functional and sensitive breast.
  • The vertical scar technique uses the lollipop incision to reduce the breast, and also maintains a functional and sensitive breast.
  • The horizontal scar technique uses a horizontal incision along the infra-mammary fold (IMF) and nipple-areola complex (NAC). This works for very large breasts but may leave larger scars and not as round breasts.
  • The free nipple-graft technique moves the NAC in the form of a graft, without blood supply. This technique is reserved for specific health needs that may affect healing for specific conditions, or for breasts that need a great deal of reduction.
  • The liposuction-only technique (also known as a lipectomy) uses liposuction to remove a moderate amount of fatty tissue. This technique has the fastest recovery time, but is limited to those who need smaller reductions, and have more elastic tissue.

How Long Does the Procedure Generally Take?

Breast Reduction surgery takes about two to four hours, depending on the method and type of anaesthesia. Most often, it is done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go back to your hotel in Manila on the same day. Sometimes an overnight inpatient stay is indicated.

What Does the Recovery Process Involve?

Since there is usually no work done on the chest muscles, recovery is usually relatively swift–about one to two weeks before you can return to your normal daily activities.

You may be asked to hold off on strenuous activities for about three to six weeks and a full recovery can take several months.

How Do I Get Started?

Take a look at these recommended Medical Departures' clinics and compare prices for your breast reduction in Manila:

To book, see below for a range of easy and free ways to get in touch. Our Customer Care Team can help if you've any questions about breast reduction in Manila, the Philippines—or need help with any other aspect of your medical trip. 


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Chidyllo, Stephen, MD, DDS, FACs. Is breast reduction covered by health insurance? American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 19 January 2018.

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