Breast Reduction

breast reduction

Oversized, heavy breasts can have uncomfortable physical and psychological side effects; the weight of the breasts can cause chronic neck and back pain, and the appearance of large breasts can cause feelings of shame and embarrassment. Breast reduction is a procedure in which excess breast tissue, fat and skin is removed to bring the breasts into better proportion with the rest of the body. You may be a suitable candidate for breast augmentation or you might consider the procedure if:

  You are in good physical health
  You do not smoke
  You feel that your oversized breasts interfere with your level of personal comfort
  You have indentations on your shoulders from your bra straps
  You have skin irritation below the crease of your breasts
  You your breasts hang low or your nipples rest below your breast crease when not supported
  You have realistic expectations of surgery and understand the potential risks

Time and costs

Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure that takes only a few hours in theater. We can arrange for you to arrive in South Africa during the week end, attend consultation with the surgeon on Monday and have surgery performed on a Wednesday.

After surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort and soreness in the first few days, during which you will be accommodated in a recovery facility and followed 24/7 by our nurses.

Week 2 of your stay you will be available to travel and enjoy some of the country best scenery while you recover. We recommend to recover for at least two weeks before you can be dismissed back to your normal routine by the surgeon.

The cost of the procedure may vary significantly, according to your choice of procedure and materials used, but you can have some very good quality implants done for as little as USD 4,000.


Preparing for Breast Reduction

To prepare for breast reduction surgery, you’ll need to meet with our surgical team to discuss the procedure and what it entails. Together, you will come up with a treatment plan that addresses the concerns you have with your breasts. Our surgeons will discuss your options and recommend the best course of treatment. They may ask you to undergo some lab testing, a medical evaluation or a mammogram prior to surgery. They may also ask you to stop taking certain medications that can increase your risk of bleeding after surgery (e.g., aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, herbal supplements).

The Day of Surgery

Breast reduction is an outpatient procedure. When you arrive at the medical facility you will be escorted to the operating room. An anesthesiologist will administer medication so you remain comfortable throughout the procedure.

Our plastic surgeon will make an incision in one of the following patterns:

• A circular pattern around the areola
• A keyhole-shaped pattern around the areola and vertically down to the crease of the breast
• An inverted T or anchor-shaped pattern

Through the incision, our surgeon will remove excess breast tissue and reshape and lift the remaining tissue. The nipple will be repositioned higher on the breast (while staying attached to its original blood/nerve supple), and the areola may be reduced in size if necessary.

In cases of extremely large or pendulous breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and repositioned higher on the breast.

Once he is satisfied with the smaller breasts, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and bandage the breasts. You will rest in the recovery suite for a few hours before being released and accommodated at the recuperation facility.

Recovering from surgery

A qualified nurse will be assisting you for the first 24 hours following your procedure. As you recover from breast reduction, your breasts will feel sore and swollen; this will disappear over time. You should refrain from bending, lifting or straining, as this can affect your healing.

During the second week of your stay you will be able to travel and enjoy some relaxing time in South Africa. Being such a geographically wide and culturally diverse country, the choice for entertainment is varied and abundant.

Browse some of the opportunities in our travel section, or enquire with one of our operators!

Other Considerations

Some women like to combine their breast reduction with body sculpting surgery to tighten and tone other areas of their bodies. For example, you may be interested in combining breast reduction with Liposuction or Tummy Tuck.

These procedures may be performed on the same day, or split up and performed several weeks apart. The result is breasts that are more proportional to your figure; and a more youthful-looking figure.

Another consideration is that you will not be able to lift or pick up your children during your surgical recovery. Be sure to coordinate with a loved one to handle childcare and other responsibilities, so you can concentrate on your recovery.