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Breast Reduction

What is Botox?

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is an injectable treatment that is primarily targeted to treat wrinkles, fine lines and creases on the face. It can also be used as a non-permanent facial contouring treatment to slim down your profile. Botox is more widely known as an effective anti-aging product for improving the appearance of your skin. Botox is able to treat signs of advanced aging as it promotes collagen production and skin elasticity. In Singapore, Botox is used to temporarily give patients a younger and tighter look.

Why is it done?

Apart from cosmetic reasons to improve the appearance of the breasts, breast reduction surgery is for women who suffer chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain due to the size of their breasts. Women with large breasts also find it difficult or painful to exercise.

Besides pain, large breasts are often accompanied by chronic rash or irritation beneath the breasts.

Along with treating the physical ailments, the improved appearance of the breasts also helps to improve self-image.

How is Breast Reduction done?

Breast reduction surgery is carried out under general anesthesia (GA) in Singapore. 

  • While you are under GA, excess fat, skin, and tissue are removed through an incision and the nipple and skin around it (areola) are repositioned higher. 
  • The areola is kept connected to the underlying tissue to preserve sensation and the ability to breastfeed later on. 
  • Post-surgery, the size of the areolas will typically be smaller.

The location and length of the incision depend on the size and shape of your breasts, as well as the degree of sagging and quality of the skin. Some parts of the incision may be concealed beneath the breast, while other parts may be more visible. Although these scars are permanent, they will become less obvious over time.

If your breasts are asymmetrical, more tissue will be removed from the larger breast to attain symmetry.

What are the risks of Breast Reduction Surgery?

As with any other major surgery, there are risks associated with breast reduction surgery like bleeding, and infection. Other possible risks include:

  • Painful or palpable lumps because of fat necrosis
  • Loss of sensation in the nipples and areola
  • Impaired ability to breastfeed
  • Asymmetry breasts which might require further surgery to correct

Nonetheless, many women who undergo breast reduction surgery enjoy permanent results and experience no major problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should consider breast reduction?
Most people with very large breasts are very self-conscious about them and find it a challenge to fit into fitting clothes.

The typical patient has very large breasts and as a result suffers from neck, shoulder, and back pain. Besides the size being a problem, large breasts may also cause skin abrasions and infection beneath the breasts.

Through breast reduction surgery, you will be able to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body. This, in turn, allows you to fit into clothes of your liking, participate in physical activities that were previously too difficult, and, importantly, improve your overall self-image.

However, you may want to consider postponing breast reduction surgery if you are intending to have children as breast reduction surgery may affect your ability to breastfeed, as much as surgical techniques are in place to help you preserve that ability.

In addition, if you are on a weight loss journey, you may want to wait until you’ve reached your desired goal because weight loss, too, can affect the size of your breasts.
How it's like during recovery?
Immediately after the surgery, your breasts will be covered with a gauze dressing or bandages. You may have a tube under each arm to drain excess fluid or blood. As you are fresh out of surgery, some pain is inevitable but will be alleviated with medication and antibiotics to reduce the likelihood of surgery.

For a few days thereafter, your breasts might be swollen and bruised and feel tender and sensitive. Your doctor may recommend you wear an elastic compression.

In the following weeks, you will need to give your breasts time to heal. Physical activities will need to be limited for anywhere up to four weeks and you will have to avoid underwire bras for a few months.

You will also experience some temporary scarring that should fade with time.
Is breast reduction surgery costly?
Breast reduction surgery in Singapore can cost anywhere from $18,000 to $43,000. If the surgery is medically necessary, your insurer may cover your expenses but this procedure. Similarly, you may be able to use your Medisave to offset part of the cost if the surgery is, again, medically necessary.

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