Q: Will Further Weight Loss After Breast Reduction Effect My Results?

June 2, 2011
by Dr. Carlin Vickery

Q: I understand that the best scenario is to be at your optimum weight but in my case that's what I'm trying to do. But the back issues are hindering me so if after a Breast Reduction is done and I continue to try to lose weight how will that affect the reduction if at all?

A: If you lose only a few pounds after a breast reduction, then your breasts should maintain their proportional size and shape. If you are planning to lose significant weight, i.e. over 20 pounds, then it is important that your surgeon keep your breasts slightly larger and definitely proportionate to the remainder of your body. If the breasts are made smaller than the rest of your frame and you then lose greater than 20 pounds, you will find that you lose significant breast volume and breast shape. Many women have difficulty losing weight pre-operatively so I always keep this in mind when I am marking an individual patient for surgery. In the side post op view, I never want a patient's breasts to be less projecting than their abdomen.
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