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Are there limitations on how small the breast can be made during a breast reduction surgery? i have extremely large breasts and i want to get down to an a cup. can breast reduction surgery make my breasts this small?

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Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Any : Any smaller size is possible, but the risks and the benefits of the procedure need to be well understood before proceeding. Some parts of the breast reduction are not reversible.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
The : The breasts can be essentially completely removed in what would be considered a subtotal or subcutaneous mastectomy. However, as the amount of tissue is removed the potential for complete loss of nipple sensitivity, viability and lactation is increased.
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes: The concern with the amount of tissue removed is related to blood flow to the remaining tissue;  if too much tissue is removed in one operation the blood flow to the remaining tissue (including nipple/areola)  may be compromised.   part of the tissue that is left in place is called the “pedicle"; this segment of tissue is responsible for delivering the blood supply to the nipple/areola tissue.
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Ask Plastic surgeon: The question, 'can it be done' is easily answered in the affirmative.But the main concern with someone wanting to be an 'a' cup is that their frame i.e.Chest circumference and width will be relatively too big and they will look flat chested unless they are a size 26-30 inch chest circumference.On average a 34-36 inch chest circ patient needs a 'b' cup volume.So before you get set on a cup'a' see md.
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
No limit: Discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon. For patients who desire as small of a breast as possible an a cup can be created.
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