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Is it safe to have a breast reduction if I suffer from lymphedema in the leg?

Is it safe to have a breast reduction if I suffer from lymphedema in the leg?

Yes: Breast reduction surgery usually does not include removal of the lymph nodes in the arm pit and should not cause arm lymphedema. The leg lymphedema is a separate issue and is best treated with compression socks. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

The lymph channels work to return fluid from the lower extremities back towards the heart, and filter out bacteria. If the lymph channels and not functioning appropriately swelling of the affected limb is most common presentation. The swelling usually occurs during daily activities and improves with leg elevation. In order to prevent swellingUse a compression ...Read more


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I'm supposed to get a tattoo on my ankle in two weeks and breast reduction surgery Jan 25. Is that ok since I'll have 2 months to heal before surgery?

I'm supposed to get a tattoo on my ankle in two weeks and breast reduction surgery Jan 25. Is that ok since I'll have 2 months to heal before surgery?

Should be ok: That should be fine. Keep in mind the usual risks that are associated with getting a tattoo-like possible exposure to blood borne infections from the use of the needle. Please make sure you inquire about the sanitation techniques that are used to help protect you from exposure to infections from other clients. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 60 yr old to have a breast reduction?

Is it safe for a 60 yr old to have a breast reduction?

Maybe: If you are in good health and cleared by your doctor, you might be an excellent candidate for breast reduction surgery. Many patients are happy after breast reduction surgery because of improvement in motion and exercise tolerance, and of course, less back and shoulder pain. ...Read more

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Is breast reduction surgery safer than breast augmentation?

Is breast reduction surgery safer than breast augmentation?

Both are safe: Both operations are extremely safe, but breast reduction takes longer in the operating room and involves more incisions and scars. Augmentation involves use of implants, which are also safe but have their own particular issues. Obviously, one woman cannot need both operations, so individual medical details are much more relevant, and both operations (in different patients) are quite low-risk! ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 13 year old girl to use trima breast reduction pills?

Is it safe for a 13 year old girl to use trima breast reduction pills?

No, not safe: Breast reduction pills are not recommended. If you are concerned about this young girl's breast size, then you should consult a breast specialist to make sure there is not an abnormality causing the enlargement. If surgery is of interest, i would recommend waiting until at least 21. The breasts are still growing and changing at this age. ...Read more

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How safe is it to have breast reduction and a tummy tuck at the same time?

How safe is it to have breast reduction and a tummy tuck at the same time?

It can be.: Surgery varies in extent between patients. As long as the two operations are not quite extensive and the patient is healthy, doing them concurrently can be safe. It can make recovery a bit of a bigger deal though. :). ...Read more

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What are safe ways to get breast reduction treatments?

What are safe ways to get breast reduction treatments?

Seek qualified plasu: The first step is to seek out a certified plastic surgeon that specializes in breast surgery. They will be able to evaluate you and discuss the best options for a reduction based on your history, anatomy and your expectation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have breast reduction done at 19 years old?

Is it safe to have breast reduction done at 19 years old?

Yes...: Assuming you are healthy and have enough symptoms to warrant the operation, breast reduction surgery is safe, and one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. Seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons to learn about potential risks/complications associated with breast reduction surgery as well. Doing so will allow you to make an informed decision about timing. Best wishes ...Read more

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How safe and effective is using breast reduction cream? Am 27yr old single girl.

How safe and effective is using breast reduction cream?  Am 27yr old single girl.

Not effective at all: No creams can reduce breast size, except temporarily reducing the water in your breast tissue -- but this will only last a very short period of time, because it's abnormal and your body will "refill" that water within 48 hours. If you feel your breast are too big, heavy, cause pain, discomfort, prevent activities -- see a plastic surgeon to reduce your breast size. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a partial hysterectomy and a breast reduction within a week of each other?

Is it safe to have a partial hysterectomy and a breast reduction within a week of each other?

Possibly.: Probably even better to have the procedures combined, if doing so is deemed appropriate/safe by the involved physicians. ...Read more

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Breast reduction and taking antidepressants. Is it safe to do that while taking the meds?

Breast reduction and taking antidepressants. Is it safe to do that while taking the meds?

Antidepressants: This depends on the specific antidepressant being used. But in general, antidepressants are safe to take while going through breast reduction surgery. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist may want to suspend dosing the day of your procedure, but afterwards you can continue. Your psychiatrist can help coordinate this. ...Read more

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I am 25, 5'7", 160 lbs and have 40g sized breasts. Will my back eventually suffer from it if I don't get a breast reduction?

I am 25, 5'7", 160 lbs and have 40g sized breasts.  Will my back eventually suffer from it if I don't get a breast reduction?

Usually: Most women with breasts your size eventually end up with back symptoms. Think about it, you have anywhere from 5-8 more lbs. Of breast tissue than a woman with a c cup, and all of this is putting strain on your neck, back, and shoulders. But this does not happen to all. Only consider the surgery if you are having problems and are unhappy with your breasts. It is fantastic for the right person. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get breast reduction surgery as a teen? They are huge.

Is it safe to get breast reduction surgery as a teen? They are huge.

It depends: The risk of doing breast reduction surgery in addition to inability to breast feed, scarring and decreased nipple sensation is that if they haven't finished growing you could need to have the procedure repeated. I think this risk may be justified if the large breasts are ruining your social life and your ability to participate in normal (and once in a lifetime) school events. ...Read more

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Can I smoke and have a breast reduction? Should I let my dr know?

Can I smoke and have a breast reduction? Should I let my dr know?

Yes: Your doctor MUST know about smoking. This knowledge necessary for surgical procedure any kind. You may have a breast reduction. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to have a breast reduction for my 14 year old?

Is it a bad idea to have a breast reduction for my 14 year old?

Not necessarily…: Juvenile breast hypertrophy, along with the physical and psychosocial consequences of this diagnosis, may be an appropriate reason to proceed with breast reduction surgery at a relatively young age. In my practice, timing of breast reduction surgery is determined on a case-by-case basis. Seek consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons for best advice. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hi, can someone with multiple sclerosis (& also in a wheelchair) have a breast reduction or would this be foolish?

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can someone with multiple sclerosis (& also in a wheelchair) have a breast reduction or would this be foolish?

Yes, but...: Assuming the multiple sclerosis is under optimal control and you have received “clearance” from your neurologist, you may be an excellent candidate for breast reduction surgery; this operation tends to be very patient pleasing. Preoperative communication between your neurologist, surgeon, and anesthesiologist will be helpful. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I want to have a breast reduction what are my options in us vs abroad?

I want to have a breast reduction what are my options in us vs abroad?

Insurance coverage: Breast reduction is often covered by insurance so this is recommended for most patients. Surgery abroad would not be covered by us health insurance and follow up may be difficult. ...Read more

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How old does one have to be to have a breast reduction procedure?

How old does one have to be to have a breast reduction procedure?

No specific age: The youngest breast reduction patient I have treated was 15. She had so much neck pain that her pediatrician had obtained an mri, concerned that her symptoms were caused by a ruptured cervical disc. In fact, they were from the weight of her huge breasts. This, however, is unusual. Most breast reduction patients are in their mid 20s at the youngest. ...Read more

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Dr. Tom Pousti
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Breast Reduction Surgery (Definition)

Reducing breast tissue mass and elevating the breasts on the chest wall tend to improve or alleviate many of the symptoms associated with disproportionately large breasts. It tends to be one of the most patient pleasing ...Read more