Breast Reduction
Plastic Surgery

The complications of having to carry large and saggy breasts would probably make you consider undergoing breast reduction surgery. Continue reading to learn more about the procedure and everything it entails.

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Breast Reduction in Iran

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Breast reduction is performed to ensure more aesthetically beautiful breasts that are tailored to the patient's needs. Although most patients are women, men include nearly a quarter of the patients. Large and saggy breasts could lead to spinal problems or back pain and discomforts in the neck and shoulder area. It can also draw unnecessary attention that can make one nervous or self-conscious.

What is Breast reduction?

Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty is a procedure that removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, or skin to achieve a breast size more in proportion with the body. The surgery can efficiently benefit women struggling with macromastia or gigantomastia and men with gynecomastia; a condition that leads to severe discomfort and pain in the back and shoulders. 

Breast reduction can help women who are unable to exercise accurately due to their large breasts. Other ways that a woman can benefit from breast reduction include: 

  • Helping relieve chronic pain in the back, neck, and shoulders.
  • Preventing skin rash and irritation under the breasts.
  • Improving body posture.

Besides physical discomfort, large breasts can contribute to emotional problems. Some women feel self-conscious as a result of their pendulous breasts which attract attention in their daily social encounters. Reduction mammoplasty is proven to be the perfect solution for women who have a poor self-image due to their abnormally large breasts. 

In terms of cosmetic advantages, breast reduction surgery ensures lifted, firm breasts that give you a youthful look. Plus, you will no longer have difficulty finding an appropriate bra that is also to your taste. Moreover, some people who wish to have smaller and rounder breasts can undergo Reductive Augmentation procedure which involves breast reduction with implants.

How is Breast Reduction done in Iran?

Breast reduction surgery is progressively improving in the world. As one of the top 10 countries performing plastic surgery, Iran has board-certified surgeons who perform the surgery with the latest, most efficient methods. Generally, breast reduction in Iran is done in simple steps:

On the day of the surgery, some medications (either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia) are administrated to ease you through the procedure. The surgeon then decides on the method according to your breast anatomy, the amount of fat and tissue that should be removed, and the final result you have in mind. Some common techniques of mammoplasty are:

Liposuction for Breast Reduction

Breast reduction with liposuction is a less invasive procedure that is unlikely to leave permanent scars. However, not everybody can achieve satisfactory results by liposuction for breast reduction. People who are a good candidate to undergo this type of breast reduction should:

  • Need no more than a slight reduction in their breast size
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have large breasts merely due to excess fat

Women with sagging breasts who have a significantly larger amount of tissue to remove are required to undergo one of the more invasive methods of breast reduction.

Lollipop Breast Reduction

In the lollipop breast reduction method, the cosmetic surgeon performs the surgery by making two incisions; one around the edge of the areola (where the nipple is located) and a second one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the crease beneath the breasts. This is an ideal procedure for women who wish to make moderate alteration (reduction) to their breasts. It also helps to lift the breasts to some extent. 

This technique involves making two incisions that will probably leave some scars on the breast. However, the scarring is going to be hidden underneath a bra.

Anchor Breast Reduction

The cosmetic surgeon makes three incisions; one around the areola, the other from the bottom of the areola to the crease of the breast, and a third one along the crease line. Anchor breast reduction procedure is generally used when larger amounts of excess skin, fat, or tissue should be removed. This method provides complete access for the surgeon to remove tissues and reshape the breast internally.

The three incisions made in the procedure, are likely to leave scars. But, with proper care, the scars will fade considerably and whatever that is left is easily concealed underneath a bra or a bikini top.

On the day of the surgery, some medications (either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia) are administrated to ease you through the procedure. 

In general, breast reduction surgery takes about 2-3 hours and in most cases, there is no need for a hospital stay.

Should I get a breast reduction?

If the problems associated with large breasts are leading to discomforts in your physical and emotional life, reduction mammoplasty is on the table for you. There are no BMI requirements for breast reduction surgeries; but, some insurance companies will deny the surgery unless the patient's BMI is under 30. This is because weight loss can decrease breast size.

You are a good candidate for breast reduction if you:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Have fully developed breasts
  • Don't smoke
  • Still need breast reduction after weight loss
  • Experience pain or restriction in your activities due to large breasts
  • Are self-consciousabout your large breasts
  • Are not pregnant and do not plan on becoming so in the near future

Things You need to do before Breast reduction

Before the surgery, the surgeon will consult with you about the size and shape of your desired breasts. He/she may also ask about your medical history and take some photos of your breasts. Also, breast exams and a mammogram may be needed. You will be asked to:

  • Quit smoking for a period before and after the surgery
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Prepare a recovery kit including plenty of ice, gauze and clean towels, comfortable blouses
  • Plan ahead for someone to drive you home and stay with you at least one night after the surgery.

Why is Iran a good destination for Breast reduction?

Traveling abroad to undergo surgery in a foreign land is not hassle-free. However, world-class and high-quality medical services at exceptionally affordable prices have tempted many to undergo their surgeries in Iran. In Iran, you can find competitive prices and board-certified doctors you can count on.  Iran's surgeons including dr. Taghavi, dr Fadaiee, dr Nasiri, and dr Khashayear Ahmadi are all accredited and they perform the operartion in hospitals and clinics that are well-equipped using the latest medical technologies. 

The average cost of reduction mammoplasty in most countries starts at about $6000. In Iran, breast reduction in a qualified hospital such as Erfan is done at only $2200! Additionally, it's not only the medical services that are cheap in Iran. You will find that your accommodation, medication, and other expenses will cost far less than any other country in the world. These affordable prices along with hospitable people and delicious food will make your trip a memorable one.

Breast reduction aftercare and recovery

Like any other surgery, reduction mammoplasty requires some precautions for the aftercare stage. Breast reduction needs 4-5 days of complete rest and after that, you can get back to your desk job. 

  • Use the special bra that will be provided after the surgery to hold the bandages in place.
  • You will also be given a drainage device to collect the fluid from the area of the surgery. It can be removed 10 days after the surgery.
  • Get as much as rest as possible
  • Do not carry any heavy stuff until you are fully healed.


Is breast reduction safe?

There are risks following any surgery. However, with the right surgeon and a well-equipped clinic, you will have nothing to worry about. Plus, a survey shows that more than 95% of women who have undergone breast reduction are completely satisfied with the results and experience no further life-threatening complication.

Is breast reduction painful?

You might experience pain to some extent but it wouldn't be uncomfortable. You may need pain relief medications for a week or two. Also, some weakness or soreness in the area along with pulling or stretching in your breast is completely normal.

Does breast reduction affect pregnancy or breastfeeding?

During the surgery, your surgeon will work on your glandular tissues and he/she might relocate your nipple too. As a result, there is a chance that your breastfeeding will be affected. However, it won't have any impact on the pregnancy process.

Does breast reduction surgery include lift? 

Often, women who undergo breast reduction surgery, experience a slightly lifted appearance in their breasts. However, if you wish to lift your breasts, there is a procedure called breast lift or mastopexy which specifically targets saggy breasts.

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