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Breast reduction in Turkey

Are your overly large breasts causing you trouble? Even though bigger boobs are considered an attractive feature, they can cause difficulties that overshadow their appearance. Most women with bigger breasts realise over time that they may be causing physical and psychological issues. At Vantage Clinic Istanbul, we provide a top-class breast reduction operation with our internationally reputable surgeons.

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Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia for maximum comfort during the surgery. Your surgeon will start by creating incisions without disrupting the blood and nerve supply. Then the excess fat, glandular tissue and skin will be removed from your breasts. At this point, your surgeon will create the new shape of your breasts and move the nipple upwards. After reshaping the incisions are closed. Sutures can leave a subtle scar behind, but should not be anything that can be hidden with bras or swimsuits. This operation usually takes 2-3 hours and you might be asked to spend 1-2 days in the hospital.

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Posture Issues

The weight of big breasts can cause back, shoulder, and neck pain. The weight puts pressure on your upper body and causes discomfort as well as posture issues. You might constantly feel the need to slouch or slump because of the disproportionally distributed weight. A breast reduction can allow you to have better posture.


Big breasts might limit your physical activity and cause problems while exercising. It is often hard to find a supportive enough sports bra to hold your breasts in place during exercise. Any active movement such as jumping and running may hurt the breast tissue. With breast reduction you can have an active and healthy life more easily.

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You might also feel insecure about how you look because you are uncomfortable all the time and think that your big breasts create an imbalance in your appearance. Breast reduction helps you regain your confidence.

Skin Rashes

Because large breasts tend to sag in time, a deeper crease is created between your rib cage and breasts. Constant rubbing in this area may cause skin rashes and consequently itching. Reducing the size of your breasts and sagging can help you avoid these skin problems.


Before the operation

How to prepare for breast reduction operation?

To prepare for breast reduction surgery you will need to get medical examinations and mammograms done beforehand. 

As with any other surgery, you will need to stop smoking a few weeks before your operation and avoid taking any blood-thinning medication.

Your surgeon can also advise you to stop taking certain medications you are using or prescribe different medications depending on your condition.

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Essential information for breast reduction surgery​

Duration:2 – 3 hoursDaily life:1 – 2 weeks
Hospital Stay:1 nightExercise:6 – 8 weeks
Anaesthesia:GeneralFull recovery:3 – 6 months


Breast reduction cost in Turkey

Apart from the credibility of your surgeon, the cost is one of the most important factors to consider before breast reduction surgery.

In Turkey, many experienced and qualified surgeons offer great breast reduction results at affordable prices. If you are intimidated by the high cost of breast reduction you can look into your options in Turkey. 

The breast reduction cost in Turkey is usually around $3,000. 

Breast reduction surgery cost in Turkey

Starting From $3000

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Before surgery

Breast reduction surgery recovery

The recovery period after breast reduction surgery can take 2-6 weeks depending on your condition. Your surgeon will place a covering over your breasts and tubes for blood drainage after the operation. These should be removed in 1 or 2 days before you are discharged.

You might need to take some painkillers for a few days after your surgery to ease the pain. It is advised to take a couple off work during the recovery period and get help with your daily activities. 

After your surgery, your breasts will be swollen which can take up to 3 months to fully go down. Until the swelling is gone you might not be able to see the actual results of your surgery. During the recovery period, your surgeon can advise you to wear a sports bra regularly to support your breasts.


After surgery

Breast reduction recovery week by week

The first days after breast reduction surgery are extremely important for recovery. During this period, it is necessary to get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting. There is no harm in taking a light walk unless your doctor says otherwise. Gentle movements and light walks help prevent blood clots. It is expected that there will be some fatigue, swelling, and bruising in the first week. Applying cold compresses as directed by your surgeon can help reduce swelling. Sleep with your upper body elevated to minimize swelling and discomfort. Also, you need to maintain a healthy diet to support the healing process. Stay hydrated, but be cautious of excessive salt intake, which can contribute to swelling. Our medical team will provide specific guidelines on movement and restrictions during this initial recovery period to you.

Swelling and bruising decrease significantly by the 2nd week. However, in the second week they do not disappear yet. Depending on your recovery speed, your doctor may remove the stitches and drainage this week if they deems it appropriate. Pain and sensitivity decrease as the day goes by. You may feel the need to use less medication. You can continue light activities and slightly increase their frequency. However, heavy lifting and intense exercises are strictly prohibited. Your surgeon may start providing instructions on scar care. You can apply scar creams and silicone sheets to help reduce the scar. This week, you may experience a mood change, as is the case after almost every surgery. It is normal to experience emotional fluctuations. If you feel so, you can stay in touch with our healthcare team and support network. As a suggestion, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water and eating healthy will speed up the healing process.

In the 3rd week of boob reduction surgery, swelling and bruising are expected to decrease significantly. Starting from the third week, the difference between breast reduction before and after gradually decreases. Therefore, you will see your new breast for the first time in the third week. Depending on the speed of recovery and your doctor’s decision, you can return to your daily activities. During this week, ongoing scar care is essential. While scars are still visible, they should be gradually fading. Our surgeon may recommend specific products or techniques to promote optimal healing.

By the fourth week, most patients can return to work unless they have a physically demanding job. Doing your daily tasks will become easier compared to the first three weeks. However, remember that you are still a patient, so don’t overexert yourself. If you have any complaints, consult your doctor. Additionally, do not neglect healthy nutrition, good sleep and plenty of fluid consumption.

In the fifth and sixth weeks, if your process went smoothly, you will now be able to return to your pre-operative activities. Remember that heavy exercises are strictly prohibited for the first three months. The use of cosmetic products is still not recommended. You may start to notice more positive changes in the appearance of your breasts during this period.

At this stage, the wound closes and a scar remains for a certain period of time. It is a normal process, there is no cause for concern. Changes occur in the skin texture of the surgery area, and sometimes you may observe peeling and dryness on your skin. This process may continue for the first 6 months. Aches and pains will largely disappear, but there may be some swelling in your breast. The swelling disappears completely after the first two months. You should continue to wear your compression garment as recommended by your healthcare provider.

After completing the first two months, your breast size and breast shape continue to settle. Be sure to make regular appointments with your doctor to monitor your progress. Continue your healthy diet and drink plenty of water. It is especially important to consume plenty of water to quickly heal edema and swelling.

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Frequently asked questions

If you are only bothered by the shape of your breasts, such as sagging and asymmetrical look, a breast lift might be the better option for you. However, if you are experiencing problems because of the size of your breasts, breast reduction is the way to go.

Traditional breast reduction tends to leave a T-shaped scar behind. However, this scarring fades away in a couple of years and becomes nearly invisible. For breast reduction without scars, you might want to look into liposuction.

Some factors might cause your breasts to grow back after reduction surgery. However, this is a rare occasion. Pregnancy or breastfeeding, significant hormonal changes, and weight gain are the most common reasons for breast regrowth.

With today’s innovative techniques, it is possible to breastfeed after a breast reduction operation. To preserve the ability to breastfeed, your nipple and areola should still be attached to the breast tissue. You can consult with your surgeon for more in-depth information on breastfeeding after your surgery.

You should avoid activities such as bending over, heavy lifting, and lifting your arms above your head for the first week after breast reduction surgery.

It is allowed to take a sponge bath after the surgery. You should wait 2 to 3 days for a thorough shower. However, you should avoid damaging your incisions by washing them and should not wash your hair. Avoid any movement that will put pressure on your incisions.

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At least before 6 weeks, we do not recommend the use of a bra.

Before the first 2 months, you should avoid heavy lifting, sudden movements, and movements that will put pressure on your chest area. You can return to your normal activities after the first 6 weeks. For heavy sports, you should wait at least 3 months and consult your doctor beforehand.

In the first 6 months, your scar tissue may be more raised compared to the surrounding skin. By using the creams or medications recommended by your doctor, you can achieve the flattening of your scar tissue within 2 to 3 months.

Advantages of Breast Reduction Surgery in Istanbul Turkey

Reduction mammoplasty is a procedure gaining popularity recently. Turkey has become a sought-after destination for individuals seeking this aesthetic intervention. The advantages of undergoing breast reduction surgery in Turkey; encompassing affordability, expert medical professionals, and a supportive environment for recovery.


The main advantage is the cost-effectiveness of breast reduction surgery in Istanbul Turkey. Breast reduction surgery cost is quite budget-friendly in Turkey compared to Europe and USA. Patients often find that the overall expenses, including the procedure, doctor’s fee, hospital’s fee, accommodation, and postoperative care, are affordable. This financial advantage is a driving force behind the increasing number of individuals choosing Istanbul for breast surgery. To learn how much does a breast reduction cost, you can contact Cosmetic Surgery Clinic Turkey now.


The expertise of medical professionals in Turkey is another notable advantage. Surgeons in Turkey are typically highly skilled and knowledgeable in the latest breast reduction techniques. This expertise ensures that patients receive quality care and achieve optimal results. Furthermore, the welcoming and patient-centric environment in Turkish medical facilities contributes to the positive experience of individuals. We prioritize patients’ comfort and satisfaction in a supportive atmosphere.


Patients undergoing breast reduction in Turkey often report improvements not only in physical health but also in mental well-being. The surgery addresses issues such as chronic neck strain, back pain, and discomfort associated with disproportionately large breasts. This relief from physical discomfort contributes to an enhanced quality of life.


From an aesthetic perspective, having breast reduction surgery can positively affect your body image and self-confidence. Patients enjoy having a more symmetrical and balanced body. This contributes to both their self-confidence and self-perception. On the other hand, having breast aesthetics in Turkey has many advantages as mentioned above. Therefore, we invite you to Istanbul to have a safe and flawless surgery process and to ensure that you have a positive body image.

Article Reviewed By: Dr. Jyothi Shenoy V
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MBBS, MD – Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MRCOG(UK)
23 Years Experience Overall

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