Breast reduction in Kenya

Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery frequently are seeking relief from physical symptoms caused by the excessive weight of large breasts. Breast reduction usually can solve these problems as well as improve the size and shape of your breasts. Following breast reduction, your breasts will be more proportional to the rest of your body, and clothes will fit you better. Dr Stasch at Vitality Fountain Clinic in Nairobi performs breast reduction for gigantomastia or makromastia on a weekly basis, helping Kenyan woman regain their desired breast shape and size.


Am I a good candidate for breast reduction?

You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have one or more of the following conditions:

Breast reduction can be performed at any age. Commonly you will have experienced a life-long struggle with all the problems associated with oversized breasts, and now you feel it is time to do something about it. Ideally, you should have stabilized your weight.

Sometime large breasts cause problems from an early age, but we usually recommend waiting with surgery until breast development has been completed. Pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts, which might decrease in size again over time. Sometimes the size stays too large to be comfortable, at which stage breast reduction surgery can be performed. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast reduction before having children.

During the consultation, you will be asked about the results you would like to achieve from your breast reduction surgery. This will help us to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.

Breast reduction – the operation

There are a number of different techniques used to perform a breast reduction, depending on the size, amount of ptosis and your expectations of the results. In almost all cases of breast reduction, a method is used to reduce the amount of scarring.

After the breast reduction - Your recovery

We will keep a close eye on you after your surgery and would normally see you for your follow-up appointments at regular dressing clinics every 2-3 days, and 3 weeks and then 6 weeks following surgery, at which point your post-operative photographs will be taken.

Results after breast reduction

Breast reduction often makes a dramatic change in your appearance. Most women feel very pleased with the results of surgery, they often start to exercise again and enjoy new hobbies. Of all plastic surgical procedures, the level of patient satisfaction resulting from breast reduction is among the highest. However, your breasts may require some time to assume a more natural shape – this might take as long as 3 months for the final result to become apparent.

A breast reduction operation is considered a permanent solution to reduce large heavy breasts. Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your breast size should remain fairly constant. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually alter the size and shape of virtually every woman’s breasts over the years. You may choose to undergo a breast “lifting” procedure to restore their more youthful contour at that stage but this might not be necessary.

The incisions from your breast reduction surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible, more so in some individuals than others. Ideally, the scars will heal well over time and will then be well concealed. Any scar goes through a maturation process, which takes a year to complete.

What complications can occur?

Whilst these operations are generally safe in the hands of a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and regarded to be highly successful, there are, as with any operation, risks involved and the possibility of complications that patients need to consider.

Finding postoperative pain will vary from person to person, but this is generally not considered as a painful procedure.

Most patients are delighted with the physical and cosmetic improvements that breast reduction brings. It is impossible to guarantee that a particular cup size will result. There will be minor asymmetries between your breasts and the scars. Occasionally patients will bleed immediately after the operation and need to go back to the operating room for this to be dealt with. Wound healing problems can occur, particularly in the anchor scar procedure where the horizontal and vertical scars meet. All breast reductions result in some scarring although the nature of the scars will depend on the technique that has been used. Most patients will form good quality scars over time, but occasionally and unpredictably some patients will get lumpy scars that do not improve unless treated. Especially in African skin, hypertrophic or keloid scarring can occur, in which case appropriate treatment will be initiated.

Most wound problems are minor and can be managed with simple dressings. However, more major wound problems can arise such as infections, skin loss, wound separation and delayed healing. Wound problems, if they occur, can delay your recovery and result in worse scarring. You may notice that you feel less sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This usually is temporary. It may, however, take weeks, months or even more than a year before sensation returns to normal. Using the scar-sparing breast reduction techniques it will still be possible to breast-feed, but this ability might occasionally be lost.

Smokers are strongly advised to discontinue smoking several weeks prior to surgery and after the operation, as smoking increases the risks of complications and delays wound healing by altering blood circulation in the skin. You can reduce your risks of complications by closely following our instructions before and after the surgery.

Breast Reduction COST

The cost of breast reduction surgery depends on your circumstances and the technique we will perform. For more information on breast reduction costs, we invite you to book a consultation session with Dr Stasch. During this confidential appointment, we can discover more about what you would like to achieve and find out if breast reduction surgery is right for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about Breast reduction:

It is best to reach your ideal weight before you come in for your breast reduction because if you lose the weight after the surgery, it could affect the results of your breast reduction. If you lose a significant amount of weight after it could result in smaller and slightly droopy breast. However, most of our patients Kenya will struggle to lose weight BECAUSE of their breasts – it is often just too difficult to exercise with very large breasts.

MAYBE! Most medical insurance companies cover breast reduction surgery however we will need to provide you with a medical report to seek approval from your insurance and we always go the extra mile to provide the insurance with all the necessary information for their review and approval. International companies usually have a very well defined recommendation as to who will qualify, while some local Kenyan insurances will decide from a patient to patient basis. A good rapport with your insurance provider will sometimes help to shift the favour to having the op covered. From our point of view, it is a medical condition if the large breast cause discomfort, interfere with daily life and cause emotional distress.

We will provide you with special bras post-surgery which you will need to wear ideally day and night for about 6 weeks after your surgery. As you continue to heal you can start wearing regular bras without the underwire because the underwire is likely to irritate the tissue, rub on the scar and compromise your healing. We recommend to still use the special bra or well fitting sports bras during exercise after 6 weeks. After about 12 weeks post-op all the swelling will have completely subsided so you can now shop for new bras that will fit your new breast size and shape.

Many women who have had a breast reduction have gone on to successfully breast feed their babies but this is a conversation you can have with Dr. Tilman Stasch when you come in for consultation. He uses a special technique where the Nipple-areola-complex (NAC) is preserved complete with nerves (sensation), blood vessels (circulation), and breast ducts (breast feeding).

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