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Breast Reduction (Breast lift)

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Average Cost:
$6,250
Recovery Period:
2 to 6 weeks
Permanence:
10 to 15 years
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Overview of

Breast Reduction (Breast lift)

in Thailand

Breast lift (mastopexy) is a procedure used to surgically raise and improve the appearance of saggy breasts and can also be performed for areola reduction. Breast implants may be inserted alongside mastopexy to help enhance small breasts or those that have lost volume in order to improve proportion and increase firmness.

Goals of

Breast Reduction (Breast lift)

Breast reduction surgery is often performed to decrease breast proportions and improve contour in order to eliminate any physical discomfort due to a heavy chest area and ensure an overall balance in your body’s appearance.

Breast lifts enable you to:

  • Restore and enhance breast shape after childbirth and breastfeeding. Since changes during pregnancy can lead to saggy, stretched breasts, breast lifts (either with implants or without them) can revert these undesirable results, producing a rejuvenated appearance.
  • Enhance the contour of breasts that have lost volume after considerable weight loss. This procedure can improve breast proportions and produce an aesthetic appearance through the removal of any excess, loose skin.
  • Finally obtain perky breasts if you’ve had droopy breasts since adolescence, thus enabling you to achieve your desired breast profile.

Price of

Breast Reduction (Breast lift)

in Thailand

Average Cost

$6,250

Price Range

$2,500 to $10,000

Pros and cons of

Breast Reduction (Breast lift)

Pros

  • This procedure can enhance breast contour with improved proportions and symmetry, thus providing a much more aesthetic appearance.
  • You will experience a boost in self-esteem as you will feel more confident in the way you look both in and out of clothes.

Cons

  • The results you get from the breast lift procedure may gradually decline over time due to the effects of aging and gravity.
  • Scars will be left; however, they can be hidden and made inconspicuous when wearing a bra or when you are in swimwear.
  • Your results may be negated if you become pregnant after surgery.

How it works:

Breast Reduction (Breast lift)

Breast reduction surgery typically involves making an anchor-shaped incision that loops around and moves down past the areola, following the curve just underneath the breast. The surgery may be performed as an outpatient or inpatient (overnight) procedure, depending on your unique situation. You will be under general anesthesia in both cases. Thus, you will be asleep while the surgery takes place, which may take around two to five hours or more to complete.

There are a couple of approaches to breast reduction surgery that your surgeon can choose to follow. This choice will depend on how your breasts look in terms of shape and size, the amount of tissue that requires removal, as well as your desired results. These approaches include:

  • Liposuction: Small cuts will be made in your skin to allow for the insertion of a delicate tube linked to a vacuum that will suction out fluid and fatty tissue from the breast. This is the best approach for situations where only small reductions are needed and for those patients with ‘turgid’ skin, meaning it will bounce back into place when pinched.
  • “Anchor” or Inverted-T: This involves making cuts around the areola, proceeding downwards and along the crease just beneath the breast. This approach is best for situations where large reductions are needed and for those patients who have saggy or uneven skin. Drainage tubes may be inserted, after which the cuts are stitched up and wrapped with special gauze. In some cases, a surgical bra may need to be worn.
  • “Lollipop” or Vertical: In this approach, cuts will be made around the areola, proceeding down towards the crease underneath the breast. This is followed by the removal of any extra fat and other tissues, after which the breast is reshaped and lifted. This option is best for situations that require moderate reductions and for patients with visible saggy skin.

Preparation before

Breast Reduction (Breast lift)

Pre - treatment

Your surgeon will inform you of any specific instructions you must follow before your surgery. In general, these may include:

  • Discontinuing smoking for a couple of weeks prior to surgery
  • Avoiding aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory medications which may induce excessive bleeding
  • Taking a mammogram before your breast reduction surgery and a follow-up exam within the first couple of months post-treatment, depending on your age and family health history. This will make the detection of any potential changes in breast tissue much easier. But don’t be alarmed — this procedure does not increase your risk of acquiring breast cancer, and you will be able to carry out self-examinations to identify any potential concerns around your breast area.

Recovery after

Breast Reduction (Breast lift)

Post - treatment

  • You will be instructed to take at least one week off from school or work post-surgery; however, the duration of downtime will vary on a case-by-case basis.
  • You will also need to discontinue engaging in any physical activity for at least one month after the procedure. This includes any heavy lifting.
  • You will be expected to attend follow-up appointments for the removal of bandages and stitches.
  • It is normal to experience some fatigue and breast pain for a couple of days afterward — you should take whichever painkiller as prescribed by your doctor to help alleviate these symptoms.
  • A sudden change in mood/emotion may be experienced in some cases. This can be quite common, but do let your doctor know if you have any concerns.

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Risks & side effects

Possible risks and complications of this procedure can include:

  • Bleeding/hematoma, or infection
  • Undesirable reactions to anesthesia
  • Unappealing scars
  • Persistent pain
  • Some delays in the healing of incisions
  • Some swelling or bruising
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Injury or damage to the nerves
  • Necrosis of the blood vessels or muscle tissue
  • Skin discoloration, or hypo/hyper-pigmentation
  • Partial or complete loss of the nipple and areola
  • Short- or long-term changes in sensation around the nipple or breast area
  • Irregularities in the shape, contour, and feel of the breasts, including asymmetry and excessive firmness
  • Revision surgery

 

It is also important to note that breast lift surgery can potentially hinder diagnostic procedures, but does not generally interfere with pregnancy. However, the breast changes that normally occur as a result of pregnancy may undo the results achieved through surgery. One more thing that’s worth noting is that since the surgical procedure involves some breast tissue removal, the normal breastfeeding process may be affected.

Sutures that were used to stitch up deeper incisions may suddenly emerge through the skin a few weeks post-surgery, with the expected absorption time taking around four to six months. This happens because the sutures are considered by the body to be foreign material; as such, the body will try to force or push them out during the healing phase.

FAQs:

Breast Reduction (Breast lift)

Who are the best candidates for Breast Reduction Surgery?

The best candidates for this procedure are women who have heavy, saggy breasts that often cause physical discomfort/pain and interfere with everyday activities. Breast reduction is typically only performed once the breasts have gone through the complete development phase, but can be carried out before time if heavy breasts are causing extreme discomfort to the patient.

It is important to note that breast reduction is not recommended for women who plan to breastfeed, and is most suitable for candidates who have a very good understanding of the procedure, as well as sensible expectations of the results that can be achieved.

 

How long will I stay in Bangkok?

You will typically be expected to stay in the hospital for about one to two nights, after which you will be discharged. While you can enjoy some shopping and sightseeing before your follow-up appointment is scheduled to take place, you must avoid swimming, heavy lifting, and other high-intensity activities. After attending your check-up session, which will usually be scheduled about 7 to 10 days post-surgery, you can resume work or travel.

 

How long is the recovery period?

Many patients are usually able to walk with slow but careful steps the day following surgery, with progress expected to be seen over the next couple of days. You will notice some bruising or swelling, but it will typically take around two weeks for these effects to wear off. You must limit engaging in physical activity and any contact with the breasts for the first four weeks. Completion of the healing phase as well as the full final results can be expected in the next 6 to 12 months.

 

Is the lifted result permanent?

It is inevitable that the effects of aging will cause your results to change over the years following surgery, which means that the breasts may gradually start to sag again. Factors such as considerable weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and lactation could also undo the results achieved from the breast lift procedure.

 

Aside from the improved appearance of my breasts, will there be other changes?

Breast lift surgery can affect the results that may be seen when undergoing a mammogram. As the procedure involves the removal of breast tissue to a certain extent, this may prove to have a considerable negative effect when you start to breastfeed.

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