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How much does a breast reduction cost in south africa

If you’re considering a breast reduction in South Africa, one of the most important factors to consider is the cost. Understanding the financial aspect of the procedure is crucial for making an informed decision. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the various factors that influence the cost of a breast reduction in South Africa. From surgical fees to additional expenses, we’ll cover everything you need to know to help you plan for this life-changing procedure.

What is Breast Reduction?

There are many reasons why a breast size would need to be reduced, including discomfort.  Breast reduction surgery can alleviate pain in the back, neck, and shoulders.

There are 2 techniques for a Breast Reduction Surgery:

  • Anchor Pattern Technique: This technique is ideal for large pendulous breast as the incision sites allow for removal of excess skin
  • Liposuction: This technique is ideal for women with more fatty tissue than glandular tissue, as this leaves no visible scar.

How Much Does Breast Reduction Surgery Cost?

Before any surgery can be scheduled a consultation must take place, here the surgeon will assess the patients needs and suggest the best procedure to achieve the required results.

Consultation Fee: R1000 

Who is a Candidate For Breast Reduction?

Contending with the weight of heavy breasts can make even the most simple daily tasks difficult to complete. Patients with overly large breasts often face a number of physical burdens that may catalyse the desire for breast reduction, such as:

  • Pain or soreness in the back, shoulders, and/or neck
  • Grooves in the shoulder from bra straps digging in the skin
  • Rashes or skin irritation
  • Difficulty exercising and staying active
  • Poor posture
  • Labored breathing
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, or fingers

Women with excessive breasts also commonly experience non-physical symptoms that may be troubling, including an inability to find well-fitting clothing, stares from strangers, and unwanted attention. If you find it challenging to comfortably live your life due to the above symptoms, breast reduction can be a powerful procedure to help resolve the stressors of large breasts and provide a more proportionate bust size in relation to your body frame.

How is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?

After an initial consultation with Dr Chetty-B, in which she confirms that breast reduction is the best treatment option to achieve your goals, the procedure is usually performed as an outpatient breast surgery utilising general anaesthesia. Dr Chetty-B will reshape your breasts using an incision placed either in a keyhole shape over the areolas, or in an anchor-like fashion along the breast crease. The best technique depends on the extent of reduction necessary to attain your desired look. Excess skin, breast tissue, and fat will then be removed while the nipples and areolas are raised and repositioned (if necessary). Since sagging breast tissue is addressed during surgery, breast reduction typically includes some of the benefits of a breast lift.

What is Recovery From Breast Reduction Like?

Following breast reduction surgery, patients generally take one to two weeks of downtime before returning to their normal routines. It’s very important to receive plenty of rest after your procedure, but we encourage light ambulation (walking around, standing, etc.) as soon as you feel up to it. After a few days, patients are typically able to perform light activities around the house, although heavy lifting and exercise is prohibited for at least four weeks. Swelling, bruising, or tenderness in the breasts are normal reactions to surgery and should gradually resolve as your body continues to heal.

Patients usually report immense satisfaction from the results of breast reduction. The procedure often allows individuals to lead a more active lifestyle, as they no longer feel debilitated by the physical strains of large, heavy breasts.

Dr Chetty-B can help you minimize the burdens of dominating breasts with a personalised breast reduction treatment plan. Please contact The Forever Institute to speak with a team member or to schedule a consultation.

Complications | Risks | Side Effects | Scars 

Although the surgery is generally a safe procedure, patients should be aware of the potential problems associated with the surgery. Breast reduction risks and complications include the chance of infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and uneven nipple height.

Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat and skin, depending on how much fat or skin needs to be removed. There are techniques like liposuction that leave no visible scars, however, this procedure is not effective for very large breasts.

Normal Side Effects

After undergoing the surgery, the patient may feel all or none of these very normal and common side effects:

  • Sore breasts
  • Scars
  • Bruising and swelling
  • General discomfort

Other Side Effects

Like all medical procedures, the risk of complications increase when proper aftercare treatment is not followed. These complications include:

  • Developing of lumps in or around the breasts
  • Loss of nipple sensitivity
  • Uneven shapely breast (A great surgeon will avoid this)
  • Progressive pain that cannot be addressed with your pain medications
  • A high fever
  • Strange discolouration, and or leaking
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Bleeding
  • Unable to breastfeed in future

These risks will be fully disclosed and explained by the surgeon, if at any point post surgery a patient suffers from any serious side effects – please consult your surgeon immediately.

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