Cosmetic Services

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is a reconstructive surgery designed to reduce the size and weight of breasts by removing excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin, particularly beneficial for those with overly large, heavy, sagging, or pendulous breasts. Our comprehensive guide will provide detailed insights, covering everything from the initial consultation to post-operative care.

What is Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure in Thailand that aims to create smaller, lighter breasts by removing excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin from overly large, heavy, sagging, or pendulous breasts.

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Breast reduction surgery is considered reconstructive when the goal is to bring the breast size into proportion with the body and alleviate discomfort caused by overly large breasts, including issues such as back, neck, and shoulder pain, stretched skin, and painful indentations from bra straps.

Is Breast Reduction at Yanhee Hospital Right For Me?

Before deciding on breast reduction surgery, it’s crucial for a woman to carefully consider her expectations and discuss them with her surgeon, along with potential risks. The ideal candidates for breast reduction at Yanhee Hospital are those seeking improvement rather than perfection in their appearance, or those aiming to alleviate physical discomfort and pain.

Breast reduction at Yanhee Hospital may be a suitable option if you experience:

  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain due to large breasts
  • Visible, uncomfortable grooves in your shoulders from tight bra straps
  • Feeling that your breasts are disproportionate to your body
  • Self-consciousness about your breast size
  • Poor body image and confidence
  • Large, sagging breasts with low nipples and large areolas
  • Feelings of isolation and depression
  • Difficulty finding well-fitting clothing
  • Significant asymmetry between breasts
  • Difficulty engaging in jogging or aerobic exercises
  • Embarrassment in social or professional settings
  • Discomfort wearing certain types of shirts

Additionally, being a non-smoker is beneficial for the surgery.

Comprehensive Guide to Breast Reduction Surgery

Everything You Need to Know

What You Should Know Before Your Breast Reduction Surgery

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The success and safety of your breast reduction surgery depend significantly on your complete honesty during your consultation. You’ll be asked several questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Your reasons for wanting the surgery, your expectations, and your desired outcome
  • Any medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments you are undergoing
  • Your current use of medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Any previous surgeries you have had
  • Your family history of breast cancer and the results of any mammograms or previous biopsies

During your consultation, your surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts, possibly taking detailed measurements of their size and shape, as well as assessing the quality of your skin and the placement of your nipples and areolas
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options, recommend a course of treatment, and explain the likely outcomes of your breast reduction procedure, as well as any risks or potential complications
  • Lastly, discuss the use of anesthesia during your breast reduction procedure.

Potential Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery

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Complications from breast reduction surgery at Yanhee Hospital in Thailand are infrequent and typically minor. However, there is always a risk of complications, including:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Risks associated with anesthesia
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Irregularities in breast contour and shape
  • Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling, and bruising
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs, which can be temporary or permanent
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Excessive firmness of the breast
  • Potential inability to breastfeed
  • Potential loss of skin/tissue of the breast where incisions meet
  • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac, and pulmonary complications
  • Persistent pain
  • Allergic reactions to tape, suture materials, glues, blood products, topical preparations, or injectable agents
  • Fat necrosis (death of fatty tissue deep in the skin)
  • The possibility of needing revisional surgery

Preparing for Your Breast Reduction

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Your surgeon, during our virtual consultation, will provide you with a detailed list of instructions to prepare for your surgery. This will include guidelines on smoking cessation, medication adjustments, what to bring to the hospital, and when to have your last meal before surgery.

It’s crucial to follow these instructions diligently, as well as any post-operative guidelines, to prioritize your speedy recovery and overall health. Here are key instructions you’ll need to adhere to before your breast reduction surgery in Thailand:

  1. Smoking: Cease smoking at least two weeks before surgery. It’s also advised to refrain from smoking for two weeks post-surgery to promote optimal healing. Smoking increases the risk of complications and impedes the healing process.
  2. Alcohol: Refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages for at least a week before your surgery.
  3. Fasting: Ensure you do not eat or drink anything for at least six hours before your surgery, as instructed by your surgeon.
  4. Medications: Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements before surgery, as they can increase the risk of bleeding.

Your specific instructions will include details on:

  • Pre-surgery preparations and what to expect on the day of surgery
  • Post-operative care and follow-up instructions

Breast Reduction Procedure

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Breast reduction surgery at Yanhee Hospital is performed under general anesthesia, ensuring you remain asleep throughout the procedure. An experienced board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia. The duration of the operation is typically around three hours, but it may be longer for individuals with extremely large breasts.

Before the surgery, your surgeon will mark the planned incisions on your breasts while you are in a sitting position. These markings serve as a guide for the surgery, which is performed while you are lying down. This positioning helps ensure that your breasts are shaped appropriately and are as symmetrical as possible when you are upright.

The incisions are typically designed in a “lollipop” shape, encircling the areola (which is often reduced in size) and extending vertically down the center of the breast. In most cases, there is no need for a horizontal incision in the fold beneath the breast. Your surgeon at Yanhee Hospital uses the “short scar” technique for the majority of breast reductions. However, in cases of extremely large reductions, an incision beneath the breast may be necessary.

During the Breast Reduction Surgery

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Throughout the breast reduction procedure at Yanhee Hospital, the surgeon carefully preserves the breast tissue, including the nipple and areola, while removing excess skin and breast tissue. This meticulous approach aims to maintain optimal circulation to the nipple, areola, and the smaller mound of breast tissue beneath them.

The surgeon develops flaps of breast tissue and sutures them together to secure not only the skin but also the breast gland itself in a smaller configuration. Some skin is removed to create a tighter envelope around the breast tissue, and the entire breast, including the nipple, is repositioned to a higher level on the chest to achieve the desired contour.

All incisions are closed with dissolving stitches and surgical wound tapes. Thick gauze and cotton dressings are applied for comfort and support. After the procedure, patients are typically required to spend at least an hour in the recovery room to recover from the anesthesia.

Recovery from Breast Reduction

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Before discussing the specific aspects of breast reduction recovery, it’s important to note that every individual’s healing process is unique. It’s advisable to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions closely and to consult them with any concerns or questions you may have.

Returning to Work: Most individuals can return to work after 2 weeks, depending on the level of physical activity involved. It’s advisable to avoid heavy lifting, bending, straining, or pushing for the next 3 to 4 weeks. Your energy levels may take a few more weeks to fully recover.

Swelling: Expect swelling and bruising for about three to five weeks post-surgery. While you may see initial results after this period, it could take up to a year to see the complete outcome of the reduction.

Showering: You can shower the day after your surgery. Ensure all incisions are completely dry before putting on your support bra.

Recovery: To prevent blood clotting, it’s recommended to walk around a bit on the day following your surgery. Your surgeon will remove your bandages a few days after the surgery, and you’ll need to wear a surgical bra for the next couple of weeks. Stitches are typically removed about 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure.

Discomfort: Some temporary loss of feeling in your nipples or surrounding skin may occur due to swelling. However, once the swelling subsides, the feeling in your breast should return to normal.

Results: After a breast reduction, your body will appear more proportionate, and clothes will fit better, boosting your self-confidence. While most swelling should subside after a few weeks, the final shape of your breasts may not be fully realized for up to a year. Scarring will be permanent but should fade over time.



Hospital Stay

Price (THB)

Inverted T-scar - Severe

1 Night


Round Block Mastopexy/Peri-areolar - Mild

1 Night


Breast Reduction

2 Nights


Nipple Graft (add+)



Nipple needs to be moved =/>25cm; weight >70 kgs (add+)



Breast Implant Removal

1 Night


Nipple Lift by Sutures (per side)



Corrective surgery (case done elsewhere?)

2 Nights


Aspiration of lymph or seroma after breast implant removal (per treatment)



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