Choosing to undergo breast reduction in Nigeria compared to other elective surgeries is different only because it is often associated with discomfort or medical condition rather than vanity.
Women who are considering breast reduction surgery in Nigeria are usually driven by physical discomfort due to large or heavy breasts, such as back pain, skin rashes, neck strain, difficulty fitting in dress, and unwanted attention.
That’s why we created this article to help women who are looking for answers concerning the cost of breast reduction in Nigeria and analyze various estimates that you may encounter during the process.
Read on to find out the factors that add to the cost of breast reduction and a realistic view of what to expect when considering the costs and benefits of surgery.
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce breast size by removing fat tissue, glandular tissue and skin.
The desired and appropriate breast size can increase women’s confidence and self-esteem. Many women choose breast enlargement to make their breasts bigger. This is mostly a cosmetic consideration.
Breast reduction, on the other hand, is done more often to alleviate the physical problems associated with disproportionately large breasts.
Problems that may arise from the fact that the muscles are not strong enough or the skeleton is too small to support the weight of a very large breast may include back pain or chronic spinal displacement, brassiere strap pain, and inability to perform certain physical activities comfortably.
The breast reduction procedure is usually done with one of three incisions.
Liposuction can also be used to remove fat tissue along with one of the surgical procedures. In some cases, liposuction can be done as a single procedure. This is the case when the removal of fatty tissue is very necessary and the skin has very good elasticity to return. Liposuction is not recommended for women with pendulous breasts.
Types of Incisions
The types of incisions are:
- Anchor Lift or T Incision
- Vertical incision
- Pedicle Method
Anchor Lift or T Incision: The incisions start above the nipple, runs around the areola on both sides until the crease is below the breast, and then continues on the crease. Usually the nipple is placed back farther up on the breast. When the incision is closed, it looks like an anchor or T.
Vertical incision: The incision runs along a vertical line around the areola and descends to the crease. The shape looks like a keyhole. The nipple is placed back on the breast and the incision is closed.
Pedicle Method: There are four types of pedicle method. If your surgeon decides the best for your case, he will discuss the details of the procedure with you.
Breast Reduction Cost in Nigeria
When deciding whether to do breast reduction surgery, there are many factors to consider. But above all, the price comes to mind. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average national cost of breast reduction in Nigeria is ₦2,000,000.
However, it is important to note that these costs can vary dramatically from patient to patient and often do not include other costs associated with surgery. In general, the major costs that factor into your total amount, are the fees of the surgeon, the cost of treatment, anaesthesia fees, post-surgery costs and implant costs.
After calculating the additional costs, including surgeon, anaesthesia and operating facility costs that are often overlooked, the cost of breast reduction in Nigeria can range from ₦1,200,000 to ₦2,500,000.
However, in the end, the total cost depends on several factors.
Factors Influencing Breast Reduction Cost
The total cost of breast reduction surgery in Nigeria depends on the following factors:
All surgeons have their own approach to breast reduction based on various facilities available to them, experience and accreditation. Choosing a surgeon is an important piece of the puzzle, especially when it comes to influencing surgery costs.
It is important to choose a plastic surgeon that is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and has extensive experience in all types of breast surgery. Board certification may not always guarantee the best results. However, it requires rigorous education and surgical training to increase the chances of successful results. The type of certification is also important; There are more than 150 self-proclaimed boards, but only a handful are recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
Every surgery is preceded by a comprehensive consultation appointment and the expert-eye of surgeons to create life-changing results.
Scope of Procedure
As with most procedures, the cost of breast reduction depends on the number of surgeries needed and, depending on the individual, their concerns and expectations. Patients with very large and oversized breast require extensive surgery to remove excess tissue and reposition and reshape the nipple, which can increase the cost of the procedure.
Each breast reduction is unique, so addressing the cost of care may be premature until the surgeon examines the breast and develops a surgical plan tailored to each patient.
This is an important factor that must be considered not only because of the total cost, but also because it can influence the importance of your safety and satisfaction. It is important that your surgery is carried out in an accredited surgical facility by qualified personnel, which is very important for the decision making process.
Don’t try to cut costs at the expense of safety and do your procedures with surgeons who are not accredited and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
You should ask the surgeon directly if these are all costs associated with your estimate. Because no fees are set for all of these costs, it is important to consider several options by meeting with several surgeons and getting estimates not only for their surgeon’s fees but also for additional surgical costs.
Always consider the additional costs associated with surgery when assessing breast reduction costs. These additional surgery-related cost include:
- Anaesthesia Fees: The cost of anaesthesia for breast reduction varies greatly. If anaesthesia is carried out by an Anaesthesiologist who is certified by the board, the costs will be higher. For CRNA (or Nurse Anaesthetist), the costs are lower. Another factor in lower costs is to use a non-certified nurse anaesthetist or medical assistant to provide anaesthesia. Anaesthetic fees are charged every hour. So if the surgeon has strict techniques that make it work slowly, costs increase with speed.
- Post-Surgery Garments
- Prescription Medications
When reviewing the procedure, it is important to consider the geographical location rather than the national average when calculating costs. The fly in the ointment is that the total cost varies significantly throughout the region, with plastic surgery hot spots such as Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt at the upper end of the spectrum. In comparison, less populated areas like Benin will have much lower costs.
The reason the cost of plastic surgery in Nigeria is different geographically, like major cities, is usually due to higher overhead cost for surgeons in this area. The first step in considering prices is to estimate costs based on your location and the cost of living in the region.