BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY – GENERAL INFORMATION
Breast Reduction Surgery is advised for women who have heavy and large breasts. Due to this fact many of them suffer from physical pain and embarrassment before surgery. The surgery can be performed from the late teens into the 70s. Usually plastic surgeons advise to undergo breast reduction in case when a client doesn’t plan any more pregnancies in the future. Breast Reduction is performed under general anaesthetic and the surgery takes 2–3 hours.
IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
Breast reduction, technically known as mammoplasty, is a surgical technique reducing the breast size, achieving a smaller and firmer breast in proportion to the rest of the body. Apart from aesthetic considerations, breast reduction surgery may also relieve related physical problems, such as backache, neck ache and even psychological problems that can affect personal relationships.
The surgery is often combined with a breast lift (breast modulation, mastopexy), to achieve the best result for the patient. A breast lift is a surgical technique, consisting of lifting and improving the existing shape of the breast. Pregnancy and the natural ageing process often affect the firmness of the breast; breast lift is an ideal technique to reverse this process.
Male Breast Tissue Reduction – plastic surgeons also perform breast tissue reduction also known as gynaecomastia – the condition characterized by excessive male breast tissue.
THE BEST CANDIDATES FOR BREAST REDUCTION
Breast reduction can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have cosmetic surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for breast reduction are women who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
BREAST REDUCTION – OPERATION
Breast Reduction surgery is performed in an operating theatre under general anaesthetic, and lasts 2–4 hours. Our Prague Plastic surgeons use classical stitches, which need to be removed in 10 days after breast reduction surgery.
The plastic surgeon removes excess fat, glandular tissue and skin that contribute to large, pendulous breasts. In order to achieve the desired shape, the surgeon makes anchor-like incisions, creating a vertical line downwards from the areola (the coloured area around the nipple) and the horizontal line beneath breast. The areola, its blood vessels and nerves are repositioned together in most cases. The vertical incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breasts. Occasionally, in significant reductions, it might be necessary to separate the areola totally and relocate it. The size of the areola can also be reduced, if needed. The plastic surgeon will make the decision as to the most appropriate technique to use.
The scars will not be visible in clothing or most swimwear. Immediately after the surgery the scars will be red, firm and raised. The scars will mature, fade, and soften within 3–12 months. Many scars fade and become nearly invisible, but other scars may become wide and raised. Final scar appearance cannot be predicted prior to surgery. Post-operative course
The patient will usually stay at the cosmetic surgery clinic for about 2 nights and will wear a compression bandage and a special surgical support bra. This bra is already included in the price of breast reduction. This bra should be worn at all times (even at night) for 14 days to 3 weeks. If a drain is introduced during the surgery, it is removed within 24 hours. The stitches are removed in 10 days after the surgery.
It is not possible to sleep on the abdomen for a period of 5 weeks. Within a few days you can shower. When you will be released from the clinic you will be given instructions from the plastic surgeons how to exchange the dressings. Every 2–3 days we will take you for a free check up to the clinic, so your plastic surgeon can keep an eye on your recovery.
You will be able to resume everyday activities after a few days, but must avoid lifting objects over the head or making fast movements during the first 4–6 weeks. If you have small children who require a lot of lifting, you need to plan an additional help during the initial recovery period.
The individual post-operative process is very important and client can participate on that by following the instructions given by the plastic surgeon and the healthy diet.
After 2 weeks, the patient can return to everyday activities, avoiding strong physical efforts. Any bruising and swelling will usually dissipate within 1–2 months.
AFTER BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY
After the Breast Reduction surgery you will probably feel tired, sleepy and suffer from pain especially in 1–3 days after the breast reduction surgery. The plastic surgeon might also prescribe antibiotics as a prevention of any potential infection and also tablets for reducing the swelling.
You might also feel unhappy after a few days. This is normal and is caused due to the stress, general anaesthetic, lack of patience with the healing problems, more pain than you expected or the fact that because you underwent breast reduction abroad you miss your home and family.
Some clients suffer of constipation. We advise you to bring some gentle medication or you can buy it in Prague.
IS THE BREAST REDUCTION RECOVERY PAINFUL?
According to our client’s experience during breast reduction recovery they do feel some pain, especially during the first days. However, when leaving the clinic you will be prescribed painkillers by your Prague plastic surgeon. You might also feel discomfort, swelling, heaviness, and numbness in the areas where breast reduction surgery was performed.
POSSIBLE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS – BREAST REDUCTION
The specific risks and the suitability of Breast Reduction surgery for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU TO PRAGUE?
We strongly recommend bringing with you only sweaters with zipping or buttons, so you do not have to lift your arms over the head.
Before and After – Breast Reduction
Look below to find some Breast Reduction before and after pictures to give you an idea of what our plastic surgeons can achieve. More photos are available in Before and after section. As a part of free email consultation you will also receive telephone numbers on our previous clients from the UK so you can speak about their experience with us.
Kristy, UK (Breast Reduction with Uplift)
Laura, UK (Breast Lift w/ Reduction)
We have tried to gather most often questions from our clients regarding Breast Reduction surgery, however, if you have not recieved answers to your questions we are more than happy to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us.
Will my nipples be removed during surgery?
Your nipples will be moved to a higher position during the surgery.
Can I have from really a big breasts have a small ones size A or B?
Every Breast Reduction has its limits how much tissue can your plastic surgeon remove. The surgeon needs to take into consideration that your nipples, areolas and surrounding tissues need to be nourished and there is no risk of necroses of your nipples.
Is the surgery abroad safe?
We have been specialising for treating clients from the UK and Ireland for over 20 years. As the Czech republic is a part of the European Union our plastic surgeons, medical staff and clinic have to follow the same rules as the clinics in the UK and Ireland. Every surgery caries some level of risk, so it is important for us to find out as much as we can about you prior to your arrival. We will ask you to fill in the Medical questionnaire which will be assessed by our plastic surgeons, head physician and head anaesthesiologist.
Why is surgery so cheaper compared to the prices in the UK and Ireland?
The difference in prices is mainly due to lower cost of living and wages of medical staff compared to the UK and Ireland.
Do you offer a consultation in the UK or Ireland?
No, we do not offer personal consultations with plastic surgeons in the UK. We offer a free email consultation. We will ask you to fill in our Medical Questionnaire online and send us some photos of the areas to be treated. All information will be reviewed with a plastic surgeon specialising in the treatment requested, head physician and head anaesthesiologist. We will respond to you within 1-2 working days with cosmetic surgery package which will include details about procedure, information about your surgeon, costs, available dates and phone numbers of our previous clients from the UK and Ireland. The final decision about the extent of cosmetic surgery procedure is made at your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon at the clinic in Prague before your surgery.
Do I choose a plastic surgeon?
If one of our plastic surgeons was recommended to you you can add her or his name when contacting us. We will confirm whether this plastic surgeons is specialising in the choosen procedures. In other cases your photos will be reviewed by a plastic surgeon who is specialising in the treatment you wish to undergo. We will also provide you with some telephone numbers from our previous clients from the UK and Ireland who are happy to speak to you about their experience with us.
Can I stay shorter time than advised by you?
In your cosmetic surgery package you will receive information from your plastic surgeon what is the minimum stay in Prague for your treatment. This stay is based on the time during which most of complications can occure. During this time you will have regular check-ups with a plastic surgeon (every 2-3 days or based on healing) to make sure you are healing fine and you can return back home safely. We take your health very seriously and expect you to stay in Prague for the correct recovery time. If you leave Prague against the advice of your surgeon then you will be asked to sign a legal document taking full responsibility for your recovery and the outcome of your surgery. In signing this document, you will forfeit any right to free corrective surgery, should any problems arise. Please understand the most beautiful results and your safety is our priority.
Can I have two or more surgeries at the same time?
It depends on the type and extent of the surgeries. You could combine Breast Reduction with a minor surgery for example with a Eyelid surgery. Please apply for our Free email consultation to find out more.
What everything is included in the price of the surgery?
Our price of Breast Reduction includes:
- Consultation with a Prague Plastic Surgeon
- Full Examination and Pre-operative Tests by a Physician
- Cosmetic Surgery
- General Anaesthesia, all Medication
- 2 Nights at the Clinic
- Post-operative Aftercare incl. check-ups with a plastic surgeon and Stitches Removal (if needed)
- Support Bra worn after Cosmetic Surgery
How do I go about booking the surgery?
First step is to apply for our Free email consultation by filling in the Medical Questionnaire and emailing us the photos. You will receive a quote with available dates and contacts on our previous clients within 1-2 working days. If you decide to book a date we will ask you to pay the deposit of £300 by a credit or debit card online based on a Booking form prepared and emailed by you. Accommodation and airport pick-up will be organised by us. More details are available in How it works section.
What will happen from my arrival to Prague?
Our driver Stan will pick you up from the airport. Stan speaks English and will help you with luggage as well as putting you at ease upon your arrival to Prague. Prior to your arrival to Prague you will be provided with Stan´s mobile number, so you can contact him directly in case of any delays. Stan will also provide you with information what time you will be picked-up the following day by our drivers for the pre-operative tests and surgery. Please pack as little as possible as it is not advised to carry heavy items after the surgery.
Is the flight included in the price?
The flights are at additonal cost starting at £50 / 60 Eur for a return flight from most UK an Irish airports. The price depends on availablity, season etc. We will provide you the list of airlines which fly to Prague and would like to ask you to book it by yourself. The flights take around 1hr 30 min.
What about the accommodation?
The accommodation is organised by us. We will email you the list of available hotels and self-catering apartments next or close to the clinic. The accommodation for one person starts at £30/night or £45 for two people. However, these prices for accommodation are just a guide. The price can vary depending on availability, exchange rates and whether it is high or low season. We will do our best to get you the best price for your accommodation. The list of available accommodation is emailed after completing free email consultation and the deposit of £300 is paid.
How is post-operative care?
While you will be in Prague recovering you will be seen by a plastic surgeon for regular check-ups every 2-3 working days or depending on your healing. You will be also given 24/7 emergency number which you can call. After the minimum stay in Prague which will be advised to you it is safe to fly back home. You will be advised on further aftercare which is necesarry to follow to achieve the best possible outcome of your surgery. After your departure from Prague we will keep in touch and you can email us any questions you have, photos of how you heal and call us on our UK freenumber: 0800 023 2592. In an unlikely event of a correction needed the treatment is provided free of charge.