The breasts are reduced with a breast correction. Women with large, heavy breasts often experience physical complaints such as back, neck and shoulder pain. After breast correction, these complaints have disappeared and/or have been greatly reduced. With a breast reduction, the breasts are lifted simultaneously, giving them an improved shape.
Healthy women who are dissatisfied with the cup size or the size and shape of the breasts are generally eligible for breast reduction. A too-high BMI value, or being overweight, can be a reason to discourage the operation. The chances of side effects and complications are then too large.
In principle, it is possible to achieve the desired cup size. During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will check with you regarding which shape and size of the breasts suits you best. However, guarantees cannot be given. The final size depends on the basic width that your breast has.
This depends on various factors. A large part of the breast consists of fatty tissue. If you gain a lot of weight, the breast will grow with it. If you remain at a stable weight, this chance is much smaller. The hormone balance, for example, also affects the size and shape of your breasts.
Because of the procedure, there is a chance of a change of feeling in the nipple(s). The changes in feeling are caused by the moving of the nipple. The greater the distance of the nipple’s relocation, the greater the chance that feeling in the nipple may change. The skin around the scars may also undergo a change in feeling. These risks will already have been discussed and explained with you during the consultation.
After the procedure the wounds are covered with special plasters. Occasionally, a tight bandage is used. This will be replaced the next day with a (seamless) sports bra. You will need to wear this bra day and night for the first four weeks. Then for two more weeks, during the day. For a speedy recovery it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions.
The treatment technique depends on the size of your breasts and the extent to which the reduction will need to take place. With large, major breast reductions, the so-called anchor technique is generally chosen. If your areola is not too far down and the size is not too large, the keyhole technique will be performed. The choice for a treatment technique is explained during the consultation.
In the days following the procedure, your breasts may be swollen and may feel sore. This disappears during the days and weeks that follow. Any muscle pain diminishes quickly in the days following the procedure. You can combat the pain with acetaminophen. Your breasts may be numb at first. Feeling returns after a few weeks to months.
You stay one night in the clinic after a breast reduction. Your body needs time to recover. The area that has been operated on is swollen during the first few weeks and may therefore feel a bit ‘over-ripe’. The scars are bright red and sometimes slightly swollen. Both the breast tissue and the surrounding skin must adapt to the new situation. This will take several weeks. Most swellings and blood deposits disappear after 10 to 14 days. Depending on the activities that you perform, you can fully return to work after about 2 to 4 weeks.
Scars after breast reduction are unavoidable. The experienced plastic surgeon will make the incisions so that the later scars are minimally visible. For most women who undergo breast reduction, the scars of the nipple run down into the breast fold and around the areola. The scars are well healed after 12 to 18 months and will hardly be visible.
The possibility of breastfeeding after a breast correction depends on the glandular tissue that has been removed. If a lot of mammary gland tissue is removed, chances are that breastfeeding may become difficult. Discuss any desire to have a child with the plastic surgeon prior to surgery. The doctor may advise you to postpone the procedure until a later time.
The decrease in the volume of the breasts is of course immediately visible. However, it takes some time before the breasts take on their ultimate form. Depending on the treatment technique, this can take 2 weeks to 3 months.
About 3 to 6 months after a breast correction, it may be difficult to correctly interpret a self-exam, because of the scar tissue present. This same scar tissue can also disrupt a mammogram. Are you older than 40 at the time of a breast reduction? Then have a mammogram, before the procedure.
The cost of a breast reduction at the Dutch Clinic in Turkey is € 2,999. The price includes transfers to and from the airport in Turkey, accommodation in a comfortable hotel, hospital, hospital counselling, consultation and aftercare in Hoofddorp.
It can happen that large breasts cause so many physical complaints that a doctor provides a medical indication. With this indication, full or partial reimbursement may be possible. However, most procedures are performed without a medical indication, which means that there is almost always no reimbursement.
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