Overly large breasts can cause both health and emotional issues. In addition to issues with self image physical pain and discomfort may also be experienced.
The weight of excess breast tissue can impair hinder your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts is as important as the physical discomfort and pain.
Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size which is in proportion with your body and to alleviate alleviates the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.
The surgery is accomplished performed under general anesthesia. Planning for surgery begins with an overall evaluation to ensure you are healthy enough. You should be honest about your medical history. This includes information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, smoking habits and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information. You also have to undergo mammogram or ultrasound examination and take baseline blood tests and sometimes ECG.
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed through incisions on your breasts with surgical removal of the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin. The technique used to reduce the size of your breasts will be determined by your individual condition, breast composition, amount of reduction desired, your personal preferences and the surgeon’s advice. An inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern are the most common incision.
After the incision is made, the nipple-which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply-is then repositioned. The areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter, if necessary. Underlying breast tissue is reduced, lifted and shaped. Occasionally, for extremely large pendulous breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a higher position on the breast.
The incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breast. Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts; sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape close the skin. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.
We will discuss the procedure in detail with you during your consultation. The consultation include an explanation of the surgical procedure, risks and possible complications associated with the surgery, and what to expect after surgery such as possible post-operative side effects and pain management. The consultation also include an evaluation of what would be the right technique and incision site for you based on your personal goals for surgery, and a thorough and realistic review of your expectations. You will also be shown many pre and post-operative photographs of other patients treated by our surgeon. We will answer all your questions. A consultation takes 1 hour time.
Once you know that breast reduction is right for you, you may schedule surgery several days or weeks from the time of your consultation to assure you have had enough time to understand and accept all aspects of the operation.
The surgery is done as an inpatient in Estonia´s finest private hospitalwhich provides round the clock care. Our patients have full board and rooms with all comforts (toilet, shower, TV, alarm clock). We offer our customers a complete package. We arrange the round-trip ticket between Helsinki and Tallinn, transport from the ferry port to the hospital and back. The price also includes 1 night at the hospital,, complete care, anesthesia, surgery, medications and aftercare services at the Helsinki office, such as counseling, removal of sutures and follow-up care.
You will meet your plastic surgeon at the hospital. The surgeon will examine your breasts and take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of your nipples and areolas. He will also explain which surgical technique is most appropriate for you. The operation takes place shortly after your discussion with the surgeon. It is very important not to eat or drink anything (not even water, gum or mints) for a minimum of 6 hours prior to surgery. The surgery takes about 2 hours to complete. When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. Postoperatively we cure the pain with effective pain medications. Usually patients spend one (1) night under observation. On the first postoperative day the plastic surgeon will check the operated area. Everyone heals differently. Some discoloration and swelling will occur initially, but most residual swelling will resolve within a month.
The sutures will be removed about 10 days after surgery. The follow-up appointment is 6 months postoperative. After breast reduction surgery, it is often possible to return to work within 2-10 days, depending on your job. You cannot exercise for 4 weeks after surgery. The procedure requires a supportive bra, which is provided from the hospital. You have to wear it for 4 week after surgery. Please follow the postoperative instructions you will be given in written.
The results of your breast reduction surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover. The results of breast reduction surgery will be long-lasting. Your new breast size should help relieve you from the pain and physical limitations experienced prior to breast reduction. However, over time your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity.
Our co-operation partners offer our patients safe postoperative care, such as suture removal, counseling and follow-up appointments.
As with any surgery, breast reduction does have some risks and complications associated with it. The complications are rare, but for safety reasons, all our patients get a mobile phone number, from where our patients can reach us anytime. In Helsinki we have a co-operating surgeon, who is able to do extra check-ups if needed and to prescribe prescriptions.
Breast reduction costs 3 950 €.
The price includes everything except the examinations that are required prior the operation.