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A 41-year-old member asked:

can you tell me if i get a breast reduction how much will my boobs possibly shrink?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: This depends on what you request. Be sure you find a board certified plastic surgeon (2nd opinion is helpful too). Breast reduction is different for each person. A good plastic surgeon will find out what size you desire and try to meet that goal. This is best answered in the doctors office.
Dr. Antonio Carbonell
Plastic Surgery 52 years experience
Depends on ...: ...the amount of breast tissue you had to begin with. Breast tissue is surrounded by fat. Breast size is due to the amount of both. The more fat in the composition, the greater the change after surgery with shrinkage, especially if you lose weight, as breast reduction patients tend to do. A pre-operative mammogram can tell the surgeon your percent fat composition as well as any problem areas
Dr. Antonio Carbonell
Plastic Surgery 52 years experience
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Remember this: The more your breast size is causing back, neck and shoulder pain, the happier you'll be when they are reduced, regardless of the final size. To understand the relief you'll get from surgery have your significant other lift both breasts until he can see the creases underneath - your back will be immediately relieved and you'll be able to breathe better... the best success possible.
Jun 26, 2014
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
Surgery and healing: Both surgery -- the amount of breast tissue removed -- and healing -- how much scar is made and if any fat "dies" because its blood supply got cut off, contribute to the final shape and size of breasts after a reduction. Qualified plastic surgeons will work with you to help try to make a "best educated guess" about final size and shape, based on your preferences, body, quality of tissues, etc.
Dr. Antonio Carbonell
Plastic Surgery 52 years experience
I agree that fat necrosis is an unknown after breast reduction, that's why so many different breast preservation designs have been created over the years. If the focus is on eradicating diseased tissue, the procedure is more radical than if the emphasis is on a 'debulking' procedure. Both leave behind a certain amount of devitalized, injured fat cells, especially if cautery is used.
Aug 17, 2014
Dr. Antonio Carbonell
Plastic Surgery 52 years experience
That's why you should seek an experienced, residency trained, board certified plastic surgeon with training in both general and plastic surgery. He/she can address the pathology and the aesthetics simultaneously. Look for members in the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and ask for how many breast reductions they've done and to see their results!
Aug 17, 2014
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Communication...: Patients undergoing breast reduction surgery should choose their plastic surgeon carefully; best to have the procedure performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who can demonstrate lots of examples of his/her work achieving the types of outcomes you will be please with. Then, after this careful selection, it will be important for you to communicate goals carefully; goal photos...

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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is the recovery timeline for breast reduction?

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Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
About a week: Breast reduction is done to relieve the symptoms caused by heavy breasts such as neck and back pain. There is usually not a significant amount of discomfor from the surgery and recovery is failry quick. Everyone heals at a diferent rate however so discuss with your plastic surgeon.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
You should expect to be mostly recovered after two weeks, and back to all activities at four to six weeks from the date of your surgery.
Jan 30, 2012
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can a breast reduction reduce my breasts by two cup sizes?

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Dr. Alan Chen
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes: However, it all depends on what size breasts you start with. If your breasts are small to begin with, then no.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Can you get a breast reduction at age 18?

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Dr. Timothy King
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: If you have large breasts and are a candidate for surgery, you can have it done. It is important to understand the risks and benefits, especially with respect to the decreased ability to breast feed after breast reduction surgery. I recommend discussing you specific situation with a board certified plastic surgeon who can help you come up with the best treatment plan for you.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Do I have to wait very long after breast reduction before conceiving?

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Dr. Scott Zevon
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
It depends: Ideally someone who was planning a breast reduction and a pregnancy would undergo the breast reduction following the pregnancy. In the setting where the reduction has already been performed two months should be sufficient time to start planning a pregnancy.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is there a limit to how small you can go with a breast reduction?

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Dr. Bauback Safa
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: A breast can only be reduced so much before one begins to jeopardize the viability of the nipple and areola. A well-trained surgeon will attempt to carefully preserve the blood supply to the nipple-areola complex while reducing the breast as close to the expectations of the patient.

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