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Breast reduction surgery is a procedure that removes excess fat, tissue and skin to make the breasts smaller. This surgery is performed on women whose breasts are large enough to cause back, neck and shoulder pain as well as other discomfort. Men who suffer from gynecomastia (enlarged breasts in men) may also opt to undergo breast reduction surgery. For many, the surgery is an excellent way to permanently reduce the pain and strain of carrying large breasts. It can also boost self-esteem and reduce self-consciousness, especially in men. The cost of breast reduction can vary greatly from one surgeon to another, and the amount you pay will vary from on insurer to another. On average, however, the cost of breast reduction is between $6,000 and $8,000. In the United Kingdom the average is 2,925 pounds, which is around $4,000 US dollars. Opting to have the surgery done in the United Kingdom could result in significant savings without reducing the quality of your care.

How Does a Breast Reduction Procedure Work?

Before your surgery, you'll want to stock up on ice, gauze, and loose fitting tops. Your doctor may also ask you to get a mammogram and have certain blood tests. You may also be asked to alter your prescription medication intake to avoid medications that could increase bleeding or create other complications during surgery. On the day of your surgery, you will be given a general anesthesia to put you to sleep. While you're asleep, your doctor will make an incision around your nipple and then downward to create a keyhole shape. Excess fat and tissue will be removed and your nipple will be re-positioned so that is sits in a natural way on your smaller breasts. Your incision will then be closed and you will be woken up. Your surgeon may insert a small drainage tube under your skin if necessary to aid in healing. This will be removed at a followup appointment.

At the discretion of your surgeon, you will be sent home right after surgery or spend a night in the hospital. When you are released, you may be asked to wear a special bra or keep your breasts tightly wrapped to reduce swelling. You are likely to be given oral pain medication and will need to be off work for at least a week. Some people, however, need two weeks to recover. You will be asked to avoid heavy lifting and very physical activities for a month after your surgery. Your doctor will tell you when to take your bandages off, how often to ice your breasts to reduce swelling and when to return for follow-up care.

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