About Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction is the procedure to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the breast. Women with large breasts choose breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort and to have a breast size more suitable to their body.  Having a breast reduction surgery also solves the issues such as

  • Chronic back, neck and shoulder problems
  • Chronic rash or skin irritation under the breast
  • Restricted activity
  • Poor self image related to large breasts and self confidence
  • Difficulty fitting into bra and clothing
  • Difficulty sleeping

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction is done using general anesthesia so the patient is put to sleep not to feel any pain. The surgery lasts from 2-5 hours sometimes can take longer depending on the case. Patients can have the surgery on an outpatient basis but generally will have to stay for a couple of days depending on recovering speed. The surgeon will firstly start the surgery by making a cut around the nipple area and then downwards on the breast, like a keyhole. Then the excess skin tissue and fat from the breasts will be removed and the nipple will be repositioned. Finally, the surgeon may use drainage tubes, stitch the breast and wrap special gauze around it. If surgeon advises, then the patient will need to wear a surgical bra.

Suitable Patients for Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is available for all ages even for teenagers- although it’s best to wait for breasts to be fully developed. Breast feeding is a big concern for women but in some cases it is possible to breast feed after breast reduction surgery. Men with conditions like Asgynecomastia (breasts are abnormally big) can also get breast reduction surgery.

Before Breast Reduction surgery

• Patients must completely quit smoking from at least 3months before the surgery

• Patients must stop taking any medications and herbal supplements

After Breast Reduction surgery

• Physical activity should be minimized for at least a month after surgery

• Patients may need 2 weeks of school or work to rest

It’s normal to feel pain in breasts after the surgery. In the first few days take medication prescribed by the surgeon correctly. If there is any sign of infection including fever or stuff coming out from the incisions, make sure to contact the surgeon as soon as possible.

Risks of Breast Reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery does have some risks just like other surgeries such as

• Bleeding

• Infection

• Reactions to anesthesia

• Scarring

• Loss of sensation in nipples or areola

• Difficulty or inability to breastfeed

Definition

General anesthesia – variety of medications given to ensure unconsciousness, loss of control of reflexes. The patient is put to sleep to not feel any pain or discomfort.

Surgical bra – special clothing to provide extra support especially after surgeries

First day of Breast Reduction Surgery

The patients will attend a consultation with the surgeon and will be advised about the procedure and their condition. The patient will then be taken through a couple of tests that are required before the surgery. If desired, patients can spend the day to rest and attend the hospital the next day.

Second day of Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery will be performed. The surgery will be performed using general anesthesia. The surgery will take between 2 to 5 hours perform depending on the extent of surgery. Once the surgery is over, the patient will be taken to a private room where they will be staying when in hospital for resting. The patient will stay at hospital the night after the surgery.

Third day of Breast Reduction Surgery

The surgeon will perform a check up and if they are approved to be in a good, healthy condition and the surgery results are all successful; the patients are advised with post treatment care requirements and are ready to be discharged from hospital to their settlements. Patients can go on little tours around the city and enjoy their free time in Turkey.

Fourth day of Breast Reduction Surgery

Patients will attend a post surgery for a final check up and consultation. The stitches and drainage tubes will be removed. The patient will be advised on further medication. If everything is right then the patient is ready to return to their destination.

Notes

• Trip schedule may vary. medicTurkey patient relations will provide you a detailed trip schedule before the travel.

• For details on accommodation, transportation and other services, please check the SERVICES page.

What is Breast Reduction surgery?

Breast reduction is the procedure to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from the breast. Women with large breasts choose breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort and to have a breast size more suitable to their body.

When will I be able to return to work?

Patients are usually able to return to work 2 weeks after the surgery although some do go back sooner.

What are the risks of Breast Reduction surgery?

Just like every surgery breast reduction does have some risks such as bleeding, infection, reactions to anesthesia, scarring, loss of sensation in nipples or areola, difficulty or inability to breastfeed.

Will there be any visible scars?

Incisions are usually made in the natural folds under the breasts, sometimes around the areola and like a keyhole. Breast reduction is not a minor surgery and some scars can be expected but will fade away in time.

How is Breast Reduction Surgery performed?

Breast reduction is done using general anesthesia. The surgeon will firstly start the surgery by making a cut around the nipple area and then downwards on the breast, like a keyhole. Then the excess skin tissue and fat from the breasts will be removed and the nipple will be repositioned. Finally, the surgeon may use drainage tubes, stitch the breast and wrap special gauze around it.

How long does Breast Reduction Surgery take?

Breast reduction surgery usually takes from 2 to 5 hours using general anesthesia so the patient is put to sleep.

How long do I need to stay in hospital?

The recommended stay for patients having Breast Reduction surgery is usually 1 day, including the day of the surgery.

How long do I need to stay in Turkey?

The recommended stay in Turkey for Breast Reduction surgery is 4 days including consultation before the surgery and after the surgery.

What do I need to do before Breast Reduction Surgery?

Before the surgery patients need to make sure they completely quit smoking 3 months before the surgery as smoking delays the healing time. Patients also need to stop taking medication and herbal supplements before the surgery.

Devices used in Breast Reduction Surgery

There are no special technical devices used in a Breast Reduction surgery.

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I am interested in getting a breast reduction. How much would the full cost be and when would I be able to make an appointment?

Dear Maya,
To give the exact price we need to know which size you are at the moment and which size you want them to be.
But normally the price is generally changing around 2500-3500USD with all hospital costs, hotel stays and transfers between airport-hotel-hospital included. You will stay 1 week in Istanbul. The procedure will take 2.5 hours. You will stay 1 night in the hospital.
We will be contacting you soon about the details.
Kind regards,

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