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Breast Reduction Surgery: Cost, Candidates, Procedure, Recovery and Risks

  • Posted on- Mar 11, 2017
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Breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure which involves removing excessive fat and skin to reduce overgrown glandular tissue in the breasts and to ease you from the discomfort of heavy breasts. Breast reduction procedure is also known as Reduction Mammoplasty. Large breasts often result in neck pain, back pain and other physical and mental problems. Breast reduction surgery reduces the size of the large breasts and balances upper body as per rest of the body. Here is a list of international celebrities who have undergone breast reduction surgery:

  • Star Jones
  • Sharon Osbourne
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Roseanne Barr
  • Jennifer Connelly

Breast reduction costs

On an average a patient may have to spend around Rs. 1 lakh-1.5 lakhs on a breast reduction surgery in India. However, the cost of breast reduction treatment varies as per the size of the area being treated. The cost of breast reduction procedure generally includes anaesthesia fees, cosmetic surgeon’s fee, hospital charges, medical tests and medicines. The cost is subjected to change as per hospital preference and cosmetic surgeon’s experience.

Breast reduction candidates

Good candidates of breast reduction are:
  • Nonsmokers, as smoking slows down the healing process
  • Healthy individuals with realistic expectations
  • Excessive neck, back, or shoulder pain due to heavy breast
  • Who feel irritation between the breast crease
  • If heavy breasts are causing physical inactivity

Preparing for breast reduction surgery

Patients undergoing breast reduction procedure are asked to:
  • Get a lab test
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Avoid taking aspirin and other inflammatory drugs
  • Only take prescribed medicines
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes

Breast reduction procedure

As per the cosmetic surgeons’ preference, the patient is given general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation to subside pain during the surgery. The type of incision made by a cosmetic surgeon depends on the size, shape, skin quality of the patient’s breast. A cosmetic surgeon makes several small incisions around the breast to create a pocket. After this, cosmetic surgeon uses a cannula to remove excess breast skin and fat. He/she lifts and reshapes the underlying breast tissue to improve breast contour and firmness and before closing the incisions tightens the breast tissue. Incisions are closed with sutures, surgical tape, or clips. A breast reduction surgery usually takes three to five hours.

Breast reduction recovery

Swelling, scars, incision lines are natural after the breast reduction surgery. However, swelling and scars will fade over time. Daily apply ointment on the wounds to aid faster healing. Use icing and cold packs to reduce the swelling and inflammation. For long lasting results, the patient should maintain weight and follow a healthy lifestyle. The smoother, tighter contours are visible immediately after the procedure. A patient should avoid physical activities subjected to excessive force, swelling, or pain during the time of healing.

Breast reduction risks

Before undergoing a breast reduction surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will tell you about the possible risks and complications associated with it. It is important that a patient addresses all queries with the plastic surgeon. Some risks associated with breast reduction surgery are:


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06-11-2017 04:25 PM

Some girls would kill for big boobs, but one woman reveals how breast pain caused chronic pain, stopped her from exercising, and tanked her mood until a surgery changed all of that for the better.

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06-08-2017 06:54 PM

I was tired of people seeing my I breast before they saw me. So, I choose to have a breast reduction surgery. The results are very good.

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