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Should I lose weight before a breast reduction?

Question posted by Christina from Kelowna

I would like to get a breast reduction. Right now I’m an FF! I’ve lost a little bit of weight recently (about 15lbs) and it’s made a bit of a difference. Do you suggest losing more weight before I get the breast reduction or does it matter?

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  • Dear Christina,

    Thank you for your clinical post and
    this is a common question.  Weight loss
    is extremely important to achieve weight stability prior to any cosmetic
    surgery.  If you find that when you lose
    weight your breasts are responsive in that they shrink and lose volume then
    losing weight prior to breast reduction is important so that the right breast
    reduction amount can be performed.  To
    lose weight after a breast reduction runs the risk of excessive loose skin and an
    inability of the surgeon to remove the accurate amount of fat necessary to
    achieve your aesthetic outcome.

    It is always best to achieve weight
    stability prior to cosmetic surgery especially when reductions are performed to
    ensure that the right amount of fat is removed at the time of the surgery.  If your breasts do not shrink with weight
    loss then a breast reduction can be performed at any time.  It is important to note that if you shrink in
    your hips and your waist, the amount of breast reduction glandular tissue that
    will be performed would likely be modified to match your breast-waist-hip
    ratio.  Achieve the best possible weight
    you can, make sure it is stable and you’re able to achieve it long-term before
    seeking out a breast reduction procedure.

    Best of luck.

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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