Surgery: Breast Reduction
A breast reduction will reduce the size of the breasts and make them firmer and reposition the nipples.
There will be scars to the breast from this procedure. The positioning of the scars will depend on the technique used by the surgeon. This is determined by the current breast size and the desired size after surgery.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How old do I have to be to have this surgery?
You must be at least 20 years of age to have elective surgery in Thailand. Patients under the age of 20 years need to provide a signed Consent Form from their parent/guardian if the surgeon accepts the case.
How soon after breast feeding can I have this surgery?
Usually, the surgeon will only perform a breast surgery 12 months after you have stopped lactating. Your surgery cannot proceed if there is still milk in the ducts. You can test this by squeezing the breast.
How soon can I have this surgery?
We can secure priority appointments for our clients subject to the surgeon’s availability. However it is best to request an appointment well in advance so that the surgeon can advise you about the steps to take before coming for surgery.
How long does the operation take and will I be asleep?
You will be asleep during the operation under general anaesthetic. The procedure takes about 4-6 hours
Where will the incisions be?
The incisions will depend upon the surgeon’s recommendation based on the amount of tissue to be removed. Commonly, an “anchor” incision is made. It is called this because it resembles a ships anchor. There is an incision around the areola, then another from the bottom to the areola vertically to the breast fold and then another horizontally along the breast fold. However, other techniques may be used if you are a suitable candidate. This may include an inverted “T”. Please take advantage of our complimentary surgeon’s opinion service to find out about your options. Click here
Will there be scaring?
Scaring will be present where the incisions were made. These may fade to fine lines or may remain obvious after healing is completed. How your scars will appear depends on how your body heals.
How long will I be in hospital?
1-2 nights in hospital may be required subject to the surgeon’s recommendation based on your case.
How long do I have to stay in Thailand?
The surgeon usually recommends a stay of at least 12 -14 nights in Thailand in total. (based on having surgery the day after arrival). This is to allow you time to recover and to have a follow up consultation with the surgeon and removal of sutures. The surgeon may change the recommended time overseas based on age, medical conditions or where more than one surgery is being performed.
Why can’t I leave sooner?
For your own safety you should observe the recommendation. Air travel presents risks such as deep vein thrombosis. To leave sooner would present an unnecessary risk. If you cannot stay the recommended time it is best not to have surgery overseas.
Will I have a consultation with the surgeon before surgery?
Yes, the surgeon will examine you and take various measurements before your surgery. He will discuss the various aspects of the surgery and answer any questions you may have.
What are the risks associated with a breast reduction?
There are always risks in having surgery. This applies whether you have surgery overseas or at home. Risks include unfavourable scarring, bleeding or hematoma, infection, poor healing of incisions, temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation, breast contour and shape irregularities, breast asymmetry, skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising, damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles, tissue necrosis, fluid accumulation, excessive firmness of the breast, potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola, pain which may persist, possibility of revisional surgery and risks associated with anaesthesia. This surgery can interfere with diagnostic procedures and because of the removal of some breast tissue. This procedure may also interfere with breast feeding. Smokers may experience a delay the healing process and are at a higher risk of complications. Please talk to the surgeon about all of the risks before proceeding with surgery.
How should I prepare for surgery?
When we have your case assessed by the surgeon before you travel overseas, you may be given some specific instructions by the plastic surgeon about preparing for surgery. Generally, you will be asked to stop some medications and all vitamin supplements, alcohol and smoking. You must not stop any prescription medications without first consulting your prescribing physician or instruction from the surgeon.
What should I do after surgery?
The surgeon will provide post-operative care instructions at your follow up consultation.
When can I start exercising?
Usually exercise and normal physical activities can resume in about 1-2 months after surgery however please ask your surgeon about this as it can vary from case to case.
How much does this surgery cost?
How can I get a surgeons opinion before travelling overseas?
To get a free surgeons opinion and estimate for this surgery please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here
Can I see before and after photos?
Due to privacy laws, before and after photos are not available online. The surgeon may provide these to you once you have your case reviewed. To have a free review of your case please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here
Can I talk to a past patient?
Yes, many of our clients are very happy to talk to others that are planning surgery through Stunning Makeovers. Before we can put you in touch, please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here.
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