breast reduction

quick facts

Procedure Type



General Anesthesia


2-3 hours

Recovery Period

2-4 weeks


Some women have breasts which are disproportionately large and can cause discomfort. For them, the surgical procedure of Breast Reduction can make their breasts smaller, and more manageable. During this process, the surgeon removes fat, breast tissues, and skin from the breasts and then replaces the nipples to help reshape to smaller and perkier breasts.

Since this is a surgical procedure, let’s spend some time to better understand it.


What is Breast Reduction or Reduction Mammoplasty?

Breast reduction, also known in medical terms as Reduction Mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the breast, reshape, and lift the breast to achieve a better appearance. This is done by removing the excess fat, breast tissues, and skin from the large breasts and then adjusting the areola and nipple to ensure a better and more proportionate size and shape.

Why Breast Reduction?

Many women with very large breasts suffer from neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, some also have soreness under their breasts, and some have grooves on their shoulders caused by their bra straps. Disproportionately large breasts relative to their height/weight can restrict them from leading a more active life. It also affects their self-confidence and restricts their choice of attire. To relieve these symptoms, and boost confidence, breast reduction surgery is recommended.

In some cases, breast reduction may also be done on enlarged breasts post pregnancy and breast feeding, or following weight loss, or to correct symmetry and shape issues which can occur naturally.

Corrected breast sizes and shapes can greatly boost women’s confidence and give her the flexibility to wear the outfits she desires.

Deciding about Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction is a surgical procedure typically done under general anesthesia in a hospital or accredited clinic. It is classified as a regular surgery, and it is quite popular in the region. Before taking your final decision, you should evaluate the need for it, your understanding of the procedure, and the possible results. You should assess what size you would want to reduce your breasts to.

Normally, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why am I considering breast reduction?
  • Will it make me feel better and have more confidence?
  • Will it ease the back, neck, shoulder pain that I have?
  • Am I ready to accept the change in my appearance?

After you think through these, talk to your spouse, or family, or close friends and get their trusted opinion too. Then comes the important step of selecting the best breast reduction surgeon.

While choosing the surgeon, look at their experience, at their reputation and that of their clinic, their training, the number of surgeries that they have done. While consulting with them, ensure you see actual ‘before and after’ images of their previous patients to better understand the results they have achieved.

At Cocoona, our team of breast surgeons and staff, will ensure that you get the best treatment and more importantly the results that you seek. You will be in the safest hands.

Who is a good breast Reduction candidate?

A good breast reduction candidate is a woman with overall good health, but with very large, disproportionate breasts, which cause aches in the upper body and which affects her posture.

Also, it is important that she is not pregnant, and neither is she a breast-feeding mother, nor has plans to breastfeed in the future.

Types of Breast Reduction

Doctors can use different types of techniques for the breast reduction surgery. The procedure selected will depend upon your breast’s existing size, shape, slope, and finally the desired goal.

During the initial consultation, the surgeon will examine your breasts, and discuss the details of the procedure best suited for you.

The actual surgery consists of the following steps – first, the surgeon will lift the nipple into a new position, then cut away the extra skin and breast tissue, and finally reshape the left-over skin and tissue into smaller, higher, perkier breasts and replace the nipple.

Different types of breast reduction surgeries make different scars, none of which should be visible when normal clothes are worn. At Cocoona, we have the expertise to adapt and use the latest, most popular, and safest breast reduction procedures to ensure the best results for our patients.

The common methods are:

The Inverted-T (or Anchor) Type Reduction – This is a common type of reduction. The cut starts from around the nipple, and then straight down till it ends under the breast. Figuratively the cut resembles the shape of an anchor.
The Vertical Type Reduction, has a variation also known as the Lejour Technique. This is very popular, but needs skillful handling from the surgeon. The cut starts around the nipple, and goes straight down, but does not go under the breast. This technique offers many advantages in maintaining a better shape, fullness, and negating the pull of gravity to a certain extent. It can be used for small, medium, and large resections, as necessary. At Cocoona, our breast surgeons are extremely adept at this type of reduction and have repeatedly produced very good results with the Lejour technique.
The Periareolar Reduction type is used only when a small amount of tissue is to be removed. The incision is just around the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). It is also used when one breast has to be reduced to balance it with the other one.
During your initial consultation, the surgeon will determine the best method of breast reduction for you, and explain the details. Here at Cocoona, we place at a lot of emphasis in ensuring that you understand the process well and are comfortable with the team. Book a consultation to move forward.

How much does Breast Reduction cost

The cost of a breast reduction surgery depends on the following:

Surgeon’s Expertise – The surgeon’s fee is based on their experience. Obviously, a reputed surgeon with an established track record of quality results will charge higher fees.

Clinic/ Hospital – Fees also depend upon the quality of the facility chosen for the operation, and also whether the procedure is done as outpatient (with twilight anesthesia) or as inpatient (with general anesthesia).

Geographic Area – Depending on the city/ area you decide to have your procedure in, your cost is likely be different. Larger metropolitan cities might cost more.

You should bear in mind that the expertise of your surgeon and your comfort factor with him/ her should be one the most important considerations than just the cost of the surgery. An initially cheaper option could turn out to be an expensive proposition in the long run.

For an accurate assessment of cost, you would need an initial consultation with our surgeon.

Does insurance cover Breast Reduction?

If your breasts are causing you significant pain – back/ shoulder/ neck, affecting your mobility and posture, causing breathing difficulties, or any other serious medical issues, you may be eligible for a “medically necessary breast reduction”.
In these circumstances, you should check with your insurance provider whether your policy will cover all or part of the surgical expenses.

A breast lift surgery has a very high success rate, and most patients are satisfied with their results when the surgery is done with a good breast surgeon.

Nevertheless, changes in body weight, pregnancy & lactation can affect the results, and you may then decide to do a follow up/ correction.

At Cocoona, the skill of our leading breast surgeons ensures that your surgery is done in the most technically proficient manner to ensure maximum longevity and minimal chances of revision surgery.

Is Breast Reduction permanent?

Breast Reduction – recovery period and downtime

Breast Reduction risks and complications

Preparing for initial meeting with the surgeon

What should you ask the Breast Reduction surgeon?

Breast Reduction – preparing for the big day

Breast Reduction recovery & follow-up

Breast Reduction results – what can you expect?



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Some women have breasts which are disproportionately large and can cause discomfort. For them, the surgical procedure of Breast Reduction can make their breasts smaller, and more manageable. During this process, the surgeon removes fat, breast tissues, and skin from the breasts and then replaces the nipples to help reshape to smaller and perkier breasts.

Since this is a surgical procedure, let’s spend some time to better understand it.

breast reduction in Dubai – why at Cocoona?

Having served 30,000+ clients, and less than 0.8% complication rate, Cocoona is likely the best plastic surgery clinic in Dubai, or even within UAE & the larger Gulf region. With a team of the best breast surgeons in Dubai, ably supported by a committed team of nurses, counselors and anesthesiologists, we have what it takes to give you the results you seek.

Our team includes both male and female breast surgeons.

Dr. Sanjay Parashar, is possibly the most accomplished breast surgeon in Dubai. His reputation among peers is unparalleled. His immense surgical experience when mixed with his artistic abilities, helps deliver amazing results for his patients.

Collectively, our breast surgeons have performed 4,000+ breast surgeries and 48,000+ cosmetic surgeries overall. With our specialist breast surgeons, well qualified nursing staff and support team at Cocoona Dubai, you can be sure you are in the safest pair of professional hands and you will have a good outcome. Your experience will be highly satisfying. If you are looking to do breast reduction in Dubai, trust Cocoona.

patient safety assurance

Cocoona is the only clinic in all of UAE that offers free patient safety assurance. What this means for you is that you will be covered for specified post-operative complications up to AED 50,000. This is like an insurance cover with a limit of AED 50,000. Click here for details.

Now, that you have more information about breast reduction and about choosing the best breast surgeon and clinic for getting your surgery done, you have to make the decision.

For answers to any questions regarding breast reduction in Dubai, call us on 800-362636 or +9714 3884589 or complete the appointment form or email: [email protected].

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