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Excessively large breasts can cause physical discomfort and sometimes, embarrassment. Medically called macromastia, large breasts can hinder one’s daily activities and in rare cases, become a source of medical issues. But why should one worry when the treatment, breast reduction surgery in Dubai, is available? 

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery or Reduction Mammoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size of the breast, reshape, and lift the breast to achieve better breast proportions and appearance. This involves removing excess glandular tissues, breast fat, and skin and adjusting the areola and nipple to achieve the desired breast size and shape.

Why is it Done? 

  • Breast reduction surgery addresses medical issues such as pain and the physical discomfort that comes from the weight of the breasts.
  • Women who choose to undergo the procedure for cosmetic purposes cite a variety of factors including wardrobe concerns and social stigma.
  • Macromastia does not only cause physical ailments but can also cause emotional distress or other mental health problems.

The Ideal Candidate For Reduction Mammoplasty

Having overly large breasts is known to cause both health and emotional issues. In addition to physical pain and discomfort, they can also bring about self-image issues plus the excess weight of the breasts may get in the way of leading an active life.

A good candidate for reduction mammoplasty is a person who is:

  • Generally healthy both physically and psychologically
  • Has realistic expectations about the breast reduction surgery
  • Is a nonsmoker
  • Bothered by the size of their breasts
  • Limited in physical activities due to breast size
  • Experiencing pain in the neck, shoulder, and back due to the weight of her breasts
  • Experiencing skin irritation under the breast crease
  • Having shoulder indentations from bra straps

Breast reduction surgery is not ideally recommended for those who:

  • Don’t want to avoid smoking or cut down on smoking
  • Are not willing to accept the appearance of the scars on the breast
  • Are obese or breastfeeding

Benefits of Breast Reduction

In addition to reducing breast size, it also has physical, psychological, and aesthetic benefits which include:

  • It reduces the breast tissue volume to achieve the desired size
  • Removes restrictions on performing physical activities
  • Aesthetically enhances the breast contours
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem
  • Relieves chronic pain caused by overly large breasts
  • Helps you achieve firm and perkier breasts

How to Prepare for Breast Reduction Surgery? 

In order to get optimal results from your procedure, it is necessary to understand the pre-procedure cares and then implement them in their true sense. You will need to arrange a thorough consultation with a board-certified surgeon. During the consultation, your surgeon will most likely:

  • Discuss with you your desired breast size and what actually should be your expectations from the procedure
  • Ask you about the medications you are currently taking
  • Carry out the required tests to get an insight of your overall health
  • Suggest you about the dos and don’ts’ of the procedure
  • Advice you to stop taking any blood thinner medicines
  • Recommend you to stop smoking for an uncertain period
  • Take pictures of your breasts for future comparison

Breast Reduction Surgery Techniques

Different breast reduction techniques can be used during the procedure and they include:

Anchor Pattern Technique

 The surgeon creates horizontal incisions under the breast crease which extend straight up and around the areola. Also known as the inverted T, it is the most common type of breast reduction technique.

Vertical Incision or Lollipop Technique

This involves making an incision around the areola which extends vertically down the breast crease. This is best for oversized breast issues as it helps with the pull of gravity and also maintains shape.

The Periareolar Reduction Technique

This involves making an incision around the areola only. This is best when reducing minor breast size. 

Breast Liposuction

This involves creating small incisions in the breast and inserting a tube connected to a vacuum that suctions fluids and fats from the breast. 

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What Can You Expect During Breast Reduction Procedure?

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2-5 hours depending on the breast composition, personal preferences, and the desired amount of tissue removal. During the procedure:

  • Different techniques can be used. The procedure, which can be performed using various techniques, removes excess fat from your breasts either through surgical incisions or liposuction.
  • The surgeon will make an incision on the breast, and remove excess breast fat, tissue, and skin to reduce the size of the breasts.
  • They will then reshape the remaining breast tissue and reposition the areola and the nipple.
  • The areola and the nipple usually remain attached to the breast throughout the procedure but sometimes they may need to be removed and then reattached at a higher position.

What to Expect After a Breast Reduction Surgery

After a successful breast reduction surgery, you will have relief from pain in your neck, shoulder, and upper back. Your participation in physical activities will also increase as well as your self-esteem. However, right after the procedure, you need to be mentally prepared for the following: 

  • After the surgery, the breasts will be covered in bandages or gauze dressings.
  • A drainage tube might be placed to collect excess fluid and blood.
  • To decrease the risk of infection, you will be given antibiotics.
  • Usually, you can go home but in some cases, you may have an overnight stay in the hospital for close monitoring. In either cases, arrange for someone to drive you back home
  • Your surgeon will give you post-op instructions to follow during your recovery and also follow-up appointment dates to monitor your healing progress.
  • Within the first week of the surgery, your breasts will feel tender
  • There may be swelling or bruising in the breasts area
  • You will be advised to wear a surgical bra 


The results are immediate, but swelling prevents them from being visible for some time. The final results are usually permanent but are still subject to change with aging and weight fluctuations.

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How Long is Recovery from Breast Reduction?

  • In the first week after your breast reduction surgery, you will experience pain, which is controlled with pain medication and gradually diminishes.
  • The swelling will last a couple of weeks, but most women can resume their normal activities within two weeks.
  • Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least four weeks or as your surgeon recommends
  • Avoid wearing underwire bras for a few months after the surgery.

What are the Side Effects of Breast Reduction Surgery?

Like any other type of surgery, breast reduction also carries some risks and they include:

  • Temporary bruising
  • Scarring
  • Difficulty in breastfeeding
  • Loss of nipple sensation around the areola
  • Breast symmetry differences

How Much Does it Cost to Reduce Your Breast Size?

The starting cost of breast reduction surgery in Dubai is AED 30,000. However, the exact cost varies from person to person, depending on the following factors:

  • The surgeon’s expertise
  • Location of the clinic or hospital
  • The surgical technique used
  • The patient’s desired results

Does Breast Reduction Leave Scars?

Scarring is typically present after breast reduction surgery; its extent often depends on the incision technique used.

How Long Does a Reduction Mammoplasty Take?

The breast reduction can take between 2-5 hours. Its duration depends on factors such as the amount of tissue, fat, and skin being removed, the technique used, the patient’s preference, and the plastic surgeon’s advice.

Do You Lose Weight After Breast Reduction?

Yes, you can lose some weight, though not significantly, after breast reduction surgery because fat and breast tissues are removed from your body. The amount of weight loss will depend on how much fat and tissue has been removed from the body.

What is the Best Age for Breast Reduction Surgery? 

The ideal age for breast reduction surgery usually falls in the late teens or early twenties, once breast development has fully stabilized. However, some women may experience notable breast growth due to breastfeeding, menopause, or other factors in the late 40s. For them, mammoplasty remains a safe procedure.

What is the Best Country to Get Breast Reduction? 

Countries with stringent medical regulations are considered safe for health-related procedures. For breast reduction, many women globally prefer Dubai. It offers a more affordable option than Europe or the U.S, without compromising on clinic standards.

Is Dubai Safe for Breast Surgery? 

Yes, Dubai is considered a safe place for breast reduction surgery. However, individuals should conduct thorough research before settling on a clinic.

Can Breasts Get Bigger After Reduction? 

No, breasts cannot get bigger after reduction if you maintain your weight, live a healthy lifestyle, and continue with exercise. 

Will I Regret Breast Reduction? 

While individual experiences vary, many people do not regret undergoing breast reduction, especially when the procedure is done at a reputable clinic. In fact, many patients report feeling more relaxed, relieved, and confident after the surgery.

Will I Look Thinner After Breast Reduction? 

To some extent, you may appear slimmer after breast reduction surgery because fat and other breast tissues are removed. However, for a more pronounced thinner appearance, it’s advisable to lose fat from other body parts through exercise.

Will I Feel My Nipples After Breast Reduction? 

In most cases, nipples retain their sensation after breast reduction surgery. However, due to potential nerve damage, there’s a possibility that a nipple may lose its sensation following the procedure


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