What is Breast Reduction?
There are many reasons why a breast size would need to be reduced, including discomfort. Breast reduction surgery can alleviate pain in the back, neck, and shoulders.
There are 2 techniques for a Breast Reduction Surgery:
- Anchor Pattern Technique: This technique is ideal for large pendulous breast as the incision sites allow for removal of excess skin
- Liposuction: This technique is ideal for women with more fatty tissue than glandular tissue, as this leaves no visible scar.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate would be in generally good health and have realistic expectations with the outcome. Ideal candidates should be:
- Patients who suffer from back pain/discomfort associated with large breasts
- Patients who want a slimmer appearance (hourglass figure)
- Patients with large sagging breasts
How Much Does Breast Reduction Surgery Cost?
Before any surgery can be scheduled a consultation must take place, here the surgeon will assess the patients needs and suggest the best procedure to achieve the required results.
Consultation Fee: R1000
(Estimated Price: R60,000)
Breast Reduction Before & After
Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery
The recovery period varies for each patient. To minimize swelling, a compression garment is worn post surgery and vigorous exercise is completely off-limits within the first 3 to 4 weeks. The total healing time can be anything from 7 weeks to 10 weeks.
Complications | Risks | Side Effects | Scars
Although the surgery is generally a safe procedure, patients should be aware of the potential problems associated with the surgery. Breast reduction risks and complications include the chance of infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and uneven nipple height.
Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat and skin, depending on how much fat or skin needs to be removed. There are techniques like liposuction that leave no visible scars, however, this procedure is not effective for very large breasts.
Normal Side Effects
After undergoing the surgery, the patient may feel all or none of these very normal and common side effects:
- Sore breasts
- Bruising and swelling
- General discomfort
Other Side Effects
Like all medical procedures, the risk of complications increase when proper aftercare treatment is not followed. These complications include:
- Developing of lumps in or around the breasts
- Loss of nipple sensitivity
- Uneven shapely breast (A great surgeon will avoid this)
- Progressive pain that cannot be addressed with your pain medications
- A high fever
- Strange discolouration, and or leaking
- Nerve damage
- Unable to breastfeed in future
These risks will be fully disclosed and explained by the surgeon, if at any point post surgery a patient suffers from any serious side effects – please consult your surgeon immediately.