How much weight should I lose before breast reduction?

Asked by: Ms. Roberta Prosacco DVM  |  Last update: October 4, 2022
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An if your breasts do decrease in size, they can become droopy (ptotic). I generally recommend to my patients that if they are planning on losing more than 25-30lbs, they should try to do this prior to having breast reduction surgery.

How much should you weigh to get a breast reduction?

Some insurance companies will deny breast reduction surgery unless the BMI is <30, others <35, while others need to see documentation that the patient has attempted to lose weight in the past through diet, exercise or weight loss surgery. This is because breast size may decrease with weight loss. 3.

Should I lose weight before I get a breast reduction?

Being at or near your ideal weight is crucial before undergoing breast reduction. Losing weight will give you a better chance of loving your results and make matching your ideal bust size to your new body shape easier.

Can I get a breast reduction if I'm overweight?

Should You Have Breast Reduction When You Are Overweight? Medical experts advise against having a breast reduction procedure when you are overweight. The main reason for this is because some of the tissue causing your breasts to enlarge when you are overweight is not breast tissue.

How many sizes can you go down with a breast reduction?

The degree to which breasts can be reduced with reduction mammoplasty depends on a number of factors, such as the volume of the breasts before treatment, their makeup, the type of incision being made, and the unique goals of the patient. Typically, most women drop one or two cup sizes with breast reduction surgery.

Do I Need to Lose Weight Before My Breast Reduction?

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What cup size is considered for breast reduction?

Typically, most reductions bring the cup size down one to two sizes, though in cases of extremely large breasts, more drastic results may be achieved. For example, a woman who is a DD but wants a reduction to reduce discomfort, especially during physical activity and exercise may be able to go down to a B-C cup.

Does your stomach look bigger after breast reduction?

For a short period of time after your breast reduction procedure, the abdomen may look larger secondary to fluid retention and/or “constipation”. However, in the longer term, your abdomen may appear to be larger because the breasts are now smaller.

How much does a DDD breast weigh?

How Much Do DDD Breasts Weigh? DDD cups usually weigh around 5-6 pounds, or 2.5 – 3 pounds per breast.

Will I look thinner after breast reduction?

You'll Look Like You Lost Weight

This effect is especially marked in women who have a smaller frame and a bigger bust. Many women report others commenting on how much slimmer and taller they look after reduction surgery.

What is the recovery time for breast reduction?

A breast reduction is a common procedure that will take about eight weeks to recover from, although your treatment timeline will depend on your health and how well you follow post-operative instructions. During your recovery period, you will need to wear support or compression bras for several weeks.

Will a breast reduction get rid of back fat?

Not only can it reduce or eliminate upper back, shoulder and neck pain from heavy breasts, a reduction can also help enhance self-esteem, get you back to exercise and improve the fit and shape of off-the-rack clothing and bras.

What happens if I lose weight after breast reduction?

You breasts may get slightly smaller in size and you may lose some firmness if you lose that much weight following surgery. Discuss your goals with your surgeon. Losing weight after a reduction will impact your size depending on how much weight you lose and where the weight comes off of you.

What is considered large breast?

On the basis of published data and results from this study, it is recommended that patients with a cup size>or=D or a bra size>or=18 could be categorized as having large breasts, with all other patients considered average in size.

How painful is a breast reduction surgery?

Is the breast reduction procedure painful? Anesthesia will be given during the procedure, but you should expect to feel sore for two to three days after surgery. You will be prescribed pain medication, and your surgeon may advise placing wrapped ice packs gently over sore areas to help with pain and swelling.

When can I take a shower after breast reduction surgery?

You can take your first shower the day after your drain or bandage is removed. This is usually within about 1 week. Sometimes doctors say it is okay to shower the day after surgery. Do not take a bath or soak in a hot tub for about 4 weeks.

What is the average weight of a woman's breast?

An A cup breast weighs on average 236.3g, which is the equivalent of: 2 Chipmunks per Chi-Chi - Don't let those furry little cuties fool you though, one sneaky touch and they will bite! Just like us ladies.

How do I prepare for breast reduction surgery?

Before breast reduction surgery, you might also be asked to:
  1. Complete various lab tests.
  2. Get a baseline mammogram.
  3. Stop smoking for a certain period of time before and after surgery.
  4. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, to control bleeding during surgery.

What causes extremely large breasts?

The cause of gigantomastia isn't entirely known; however, researchers think it may be influenced by: Hormonal changes (like during puberty or pregnancy). Medications like penicillamine or bucillamine. Autoimmune conditions like lupus or arthritis.

How do I know if I need a breast reduction?

Having breasts that are unequal in size with one being significantly larger. Constant rashes and infections in the skin under your breasts. Having a hard time sleeping due to discomfort caused by overly large breasts. Feeling self-conscious about the size of your breasts in public.

What are the side effects of having a breast reduction?

Breast Reduction Surgery Risks and Complications
  • Infection.
  • Loss of feeling in your breasts or nipples, which could be brief or long-term.
  • Side effects of the medication to help you sleep during surgery (anesthesia)
  • Bleeding.
  • Blood clots.
  • Swelling and bruising.
  • Damage to nerves, blood vessels, and other parts of your body.

Do you go home the same day after breast reduction surgery?

You may choose to have a reduction on your other breast so that your breasts are more similar in size. You may need to get a mammogram before this surgery. Your healthcare provider will give you more information. You'll be able to go home the same day as your surgery.

How long do drains stay in after breast reduction surgery?

Most drains are left in place for two to three weeks, but some may be removed before you leave the hospital and others may need to be left in place for longer than three weeks.

Why can't you lift your arms after breast reduction?

Typical Breast Reduction Healing Time

Bending, heavy lifting and using arms above the head need to be curtailed for the first few days. After that, it is okay to gradually increase daily activities. Strenuous activities should held off for 6 weeks to allow full healing.

How do you wash your hair after a breast reduction?

Wash your hair with your regular shampoo. We strongly recommend doing so, as you will not be able to shampoo your own hair for a couple of days after surgery. Use a soft, clean washcloth to clean your skin from head to toe. Dry yourself off with a clean towel when your shower is complete.

How long do I have to sleep elevated after breast reduction?

After sleeping in an elevated position on your back for at least four to six weeks, you can usually transition to just sleeping on your back, flat on your bed, for a few weeks.