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What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction or reduction mammaplasty is the procedure for the removal of excess breast tissues and fat. It helps to get a proportionate size of the breasts to the body. The procedure helps to get rid of the discomfort that is usually associated with excessively large breasts (macromastia).

Why Breast Reduction is Needed?

Typically, breast reduction is needed for women whose breast size has increased significantly – a condition known as macromastia. In this condition, the breasts become disproportionate and start causing physical and emotional distress. The pain and discomfort further make it difficult for the woman to perform common physical activities, including running, jogging, etc. A woman may opt for the surgical reduction to resolve issues, such as-

  • Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Chronic rash or irritation on the skin under the breasts
  • Nerve pain
  • Restricted activity
  • Low self-esteem due to large breasts
  • Difficulty fitting into the bras and clothing

Breast reduction addresses the physical and psychological issues and helps to get rid of such problems effectively. Along with undergoing breast reduction for medical reasons, there are many women who opt for the procedure for aesthetic reasons to cite cosmetic concerns, such as social stigmas or wardrobe concerns.

Types of Breast Reduction

Liposuction Breast Reduction

Vertical or Lollipop Breast Reduction

Inverted-T or ‘Anchor’ Breast Reduction

Diagnosis

Once you decide to undergo breast reduction surgery, the doctor needs to evaluate your health to ensure that you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. The plastic surgeon will discuss the following things to diagnose your health-

  • Your physical health includes the medical history of diseases, illnesses, surgeries, immunizations, and current physical status.
  • The doctor will also review your diet and exercise regime.
  • Your mental health to ensure that you are making the decision to undergo surgery after careful consideration.
  • Medications that you are currently taking, include supplements and vitamins.
  • Any allergies to medications, food items, environmental factors, etc.

Based on the discussion, the doctor will assess the risks and potential complications of the surgery and provide instructions to prepare you for the surgery.

  • Things to Consider Before Breast Reduction

    Some important things that you should keep in mind while considering or planning for breast reduction are mentioned below-

    • The procedure must be done when the breasts are fully developed.
    • Piercings can cause infection in the breasts.
    • Breast reduction surgery can interfere with some diagnostic procedures, such as X-rays for cancer screening.
    • The ability to breastfeed is usually affected by breast reduction surgery. The procedure is likely to affect milk production.
    • Keep in mind that changes in breasts due to pregnancy or significant weight loss/gain can impact the outcomes of previous breast reduction surgery.
    • Women who smoke on a regular basis have a higher risk of complications. Therefore, the doctor will strictly recommend you quit smoking completely before having the surgery.

     

  • Right Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery

    A woman is considered the right candidate for breast reduction surgery if she meets the following criteria-

    • The physical, mental, and emotional health are good and stable.
    • The breasts are too large for the body frame.
    • Body posture is being affected by the weight of the breasts
    • The breast size restricts physical activities.
    • Large breasts cause self-consciousness.
    • The expectations from breast surgery are realistic.

When to consult a doctor?

Generally, large size breast is not a matter of concern. However, some women believe that large size breasts may increase the chances of cancer. But this is very rare. The right time to see a doctor regarding breast size is when you start having physical problems, such as backaches, neck pain, shortness of breath, migraine headaches, or difficulty in performing exercises.

Questions to ask your doctor

What is the treatment plan you recommend?
How many years of experience do you have in performing breast reduction surgery?
How will you prevent or reduce the risks of breast reduction?
Will I need hospitalization after surgery?
What type of anesthesia will be used for the procedure?
Do I have to worry about scarring after the surgery?
What kind of support will I need after breast reduction?
When do I need to follow up after the surgery?

Estimated Treatment Cost

The average cost of breast reduction surgery in India ranges from Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 1,50,000. It is an estimated cost that may vary for each patient. In some cases, the expense of breast reduction can go up to Rs. 2,00,000 or more.

The factors that determine the cost of breast reduction surgery include-

  • Plastic surgeon’s experience, consultation fee, and operating fee
  • The technique used for the breast reduction
  • Choice of hospital and hospitalization cost
  • Diagnostic tests recommended by the doctor
  • Medications prescribed before and after the surgery
  • Physical support needed after the procedure
  • Follow-up consultations

Insurance coverage

In most cases, breast reduction is done for medical reasons. Hence, the surgery is covered under medical insurance. To get the claim from the insurance company, you will have to provide written proof from your doctor stating that the large size of your breast is causing you physical problems. The insurance provider will review the documentation and proofs and cover the surgery cost to the maximum extent. The coverage includes doctor’s fee, anesthesiologist fee, lab tests, hospitalization, medical consumables, etc.

In some scenarios, breast reduction is also performed for cosmetic reasons. If so, then the procedure cost won’t be covered under insurance. To learn more about the terms and conditions of your health insurance policy, it is advised that you talk to your providers.

Latest Research

  • Breast-reduction surgery takes off 11 kg from a woman’s chest

  • Woman’s ‘life-changing’ breast reduction after being denied surgery 10 times

  • A systematic review and meta-analysis of risks and benefits with breast reduction in the public healthcare system: priorities for further research

FAQ

In what scenario a plastic surgeon may not recommend breast reduction surgery?

The doctor may not recommend or postpone breast reduction surgery if you have future plans to get pregnant or have a child who is being breastfed. Both pregnancy and breastfeeding affect the shape and size of the breasts.

What are the advantages of breast reduction surgery?

When successful, a breast reduction surgery can provide relief from chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain. Other than that, the procedure has many advantages-

  • Improvement of posture
  • Minimal chances of skin irritation under the breast
  • Increase self-image and boosts confidence
  • Permit participation in physical activities
How should I prepare for recovery after the surgery?

Before you go for the surgery, it will be better to set up a recovery area at home that suits all your needs. To prepare the recovery area, follow the tips below-

  • Keep a stock of all the prescribed medications, gauze, clean washcloth, and towels.
  • Keep loose and comfortable clothes nearby.
  • Have your favorite books, magazines, or movies nearby to keep you occupied while your physical activities are restricted.
When will I be able to resume regular activities?

You will need to rest for at least one week before resuming regular activities. The surgeon will advise taking the week off from work or school until the stitches dissolve and the bandages are removed. Strenuous activities, even jogging and running is restricted for at least a month after the surgery. The surgeon will prepare a timeline for you to ensure that you resume all activities at the right time.

What are the signs of complications after breast reduction surgery?

If you experience the following symptoms after breast reduction surgery, it indicates that a complication has arisen-

  • High fever
  • Unusual discharge from the incision site
  • Delayed healing
  • Release or detachment of sutures
  • Pain and pressure in one or both breasts

You should contact the doctor immediately if these symptoms arise.

Undergo Breast Reduction Surgery at Pristyn Care

Being a leading healthcare provider in India, Pristyn Care ensures that the patients get comprehensive care. We provide personalized care to the patients to fulfill their requirements. You can rely on us to undergo breast reduction surgery at cost-effective prices. We will also ensure that the quality of care is not compromised and you get all-inclusive care and services-

  • Top-grade hospitals and clinics for breast reduction and other cosmetic procedures.
  • A team of highly experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeons with proper knowledge and skills to carry out the procedure.
  • Protection against COVID-19 and its variants.
  • Complete assistance throughout the treatment journey.
  • Assistance with insurance and hospital-related paperwork.
  • Flexible payment options with No-Cost EMI availability.
  • Commute service on the day of surgery without any additional fee.
  • Follow-up appointments without any additional charges.

Our medical coordinators stay in touch with the patients to take care of all their needs.

 

 

Schedule Your Appointment with the Best Plastic Surgeons in India

Picking the best plastic surgeon for breast reduction is the key to making the surgery successful. That’s why Pristyn Care houses the most experienced and skilled team of plastic surgeons. You can get in touch with our top breast reduction surgeons by using any of the following ways-

  • Give us a call on the number given at the top. Our medical coordinators will connect with you and schedule your consultation at your convenience.
  • Fill out the information in the “Book Appointment” form and submit your details. Our representatives will get back to you shortly and confirm the appointment.
  • Download the Pristyn Care app and explore the list of top breast reduction surgeons in your city to book an appointment.

Our surgeon will listen to your concerns and address them right away to make your life easy and comfortable.

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