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A 30-year-old member asked:

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Reducing/reshaping: Breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. During this operation, “excess” breast tissue and skin is removed. The breasts themselves are lifted on the chest wall. This operation tends to help patients with neck, back, shoulder discomfort and may help patients with posture as well. Best wishes.
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Smaller & lighter: You make the breast smaller, lighter and more uplifted. There are several different methods to do this, surgically. Most women are very please with the improvement in their breast shape and size, and also in the improvement in their posture, should strap grooving, and neck & back issues that are related to breast weight.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

After breast reduction surgery, how would firm up my breasts?

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Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 40 years experience
No easy answer: Not sure what you mean by "firm up". Breast reduction is usually a very satisfying surgery for women that have long been bothered by disproportionately large, heavy and hanging breasts. It can be difficult to maintain fullness in the upper breast. Occasionally breast implants are indicated either at the same time or later. Restoring some of the lost volume may help.
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Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Breast reduction in and of itself won't "firm" up the breasts. Once the swelling goes away and the tissues relax they will be soft like they were, just higher, smaller and perkier. An implant will make them firmer but defeat the purpose of going smaller.
Jun 8, 2012
A 40-year-old member asked:

How old do you have to be for breast reduction surgery ?

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Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Debatable: The breasts develop completely by the late teens to the early twenties. After that age is probably the best.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What should I do after breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Ask you Surgeon: Every surgeon has his/her own way of advising their patients. I suggest you contact your surgeon. Generally speaking, most patient should refrain from vigorous activity for 4-6 weeks following surgery and wear a support bra.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have some questions about breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 41 years experience
Plastic surgeon: See a plastic surgeon. They can assess the options. Some insurance actually covers it if it is determined to be medically necessary due to back pain, etc.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What should I expect after breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Paul Vitenas
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Breast Reduction: After breast reduction there will be some discomfort and possibly swelling. Otherwise you will feel some relief from the removal of excess tissue.
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Last updated Jun 6, 2013

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