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Breast Reduction

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Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty or reduction mammoplasty surgery is a type of plastic surgery that is used to reduce the size of very large breasts, while maintaining full functionality in the region – this means the lactational capacity of the breasts is preserved.

Breast reduction surgery has three different aspects:

● Physical – Extremely large breasts can make ordinary activities such as sports very difficult
● Aesthetic – Some patients are embarrassed or self conscious due to the size of their breasts
● Psychological – The patient feels that this particular aspect of the body does not represent her

Procedures similar to breast reduction surgery include:

● Gynecomastia – breast reduction surgery in men
● Mastopexy – Breast lift surgery – it can be successfully combined with breast reduction surgery

Every year, surgeons perform over 90.000 reduction mammoplasty surgeries in the USA alone. Women turn to this treatment in order to relieve neck pain, back pain and even shoulder pain.

Breast Reduction Candidates

Breast reduction surgery or reduction mammoplasty surgery is recommended for patients with very large breasts or simply patients who wish to reduce the size of their breasts.

Am I Suitable for Breast Reduction?

Reduction mammoplasty surgery or breast reduction surgery is not recommended for patients suffering from heart problems, lung disease or severely overweight patients. Patients with serious health problems such as severe diabetes are not eligible for this breast reduction surgery, as general anaesthesia is used and it can put the patient’s life in danger.

Preparing for Breast Reduction

Patients should stop smoking at least a month before going in for breast reduction surgery. The intake of aspirin, vitamins and herbal teas is prohibited at least 2 weeks before reduction mammoplasty surgery.

How is Breast Reduction Performed?

Firstly, the patient will be put to sleep, under general anaesthesia. Then the surgeon will begin marking the incision spots. Usually, the surgeon will create an incision around the nipple, and then downward to the crease where the breast meets the chest wall. Once the incision is created, the surgeon will proceed to remove the patient’s extra fat, skin and mammary tissue from the breast and reposition the nipple to a more appropriate level. Breast reduction scars can resemble an inverted “T” shape or a keyhole. Drains are then placed and the incision is stitched up before being wrapped in bandages. The breast reduction recovery period can begin.

Breast Reduction Summary


General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Patient is required to stay 1 night in the hospital

Back to Sports

2 - 3 weeks

Duration of Operation

Between 2 to 3 hours

Back to Work

1 to 2 weeks

Breast Reduction Recovery

The breast reduction recovery period lasts around 2 weeks but it may take more time for the breast reduction scars to become less visible. Patients will be required to wear a special medical support bra during the breast reduction recovery period. Sleeping on the stomach is not allowed during this period. Patients can usually return to work in around 1-2 weeks but sports should be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks. Clinics usually provide patients with a full set of instructions in order to make the breast reduction recovery period easier to handle.

Breast Reduction Risks and Complications

Breast reduction complications can include one or more of the following:

● Excessive bleeding
● Scarring
● Permanent loss of sensitivity in the nipples region
● Infection
● Negative reaction to anaesthesia
● Hematoma
● Fat necrosis
● Breast asymmetry after breast reduction surgery
● Breast reduction revision surgery

Breast Reduction Side Effects

Reduction mammoplasty side effects can include a loss in nipple sensitivity, swelling, pain which can be soothed with painkillers, numbness in the chest area, feelings of discomfort and temporary bleeding. These post-operatory effects will gradually subside after the first week of the breast reduction recovery period.

Breast Reduction Success Rates

The average breast reduction surgery success rate is around 98%. Women have a lower chance of developing complications from reduction mammoplasty surgery.

Before and After Breast Reduction

Reduction mammoplasty surgery patients enjoy a more active lifestyle after the procedure. This procedure is a relief for women suffering from chronic shoulder, neck and back pain. The effects of reduction mammoplasty are practically indefinite – the procedure is life changing for most patients.

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Breast Reduction Cost

Average Breast Reduction costs are € 2,963, based on Breast Reduction prices from 26 clinics. Cheapest Breast Reduction cost is € 1,800 where Breast Reduction prices can go up to € 5,000.

Breast Reduction prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Breast Reduction in Turkey is a popular option where Breast Reduction costs as low as € 2,000. You can also find Breast Reduction clinics in Poland starting from € 2,200. Breast Reduction in Hungary is another popular option where prices start from € 1,800.

Please note that the Breast Reduction prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Breast Reduction procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Breast Reduction procedures. To receive a personalized Breast Reduction quote, please click HERE.

Breast Reduction FAQ

Breast reduction and breastfeeding – Can I breastfeed after reduction mammoplasty surgery?

There is no definitive answer to this question. If the ducts and glands that produce milk are damaged, there may be problems with breastfeeding in the future. Nerve damage after reduction mammoplasty surgery can also make breastfeeding difficult.

Can reduction mammoplasty surgery be combined with other procedures?

Yes, patients can combine reduction mammoplasty surgery with a tummy tuck procedure for a better result.

Can liposuction be used alone for reduction mammoplasty surgery?

Yes, in some cases liposuction is enough to bring the desired results, but most cases require excision of skin tissue as well.