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Should You Lose Weight Before Your Breast Reduction

Posted July 06, 2022 in BREAST REDUCTION

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While our society tends to sensationalize big breasts, the reality is that naturally large breasts can be extremely burdensome to women. 

Overly large breasts can result in many frustrating issues for women, including back and shoulder pain and irritation of the skin from the breasts rubbing against each other. Additionally, large breasts can cause women to receive unwanted attention and keep them from participating in some of the activities (like sports) they love. 

Luckily, breast reduction surgery can reduce the size of breasts to better allow women the chance to live the type of life they want. 

Shirtless woman covering her breasts with her hand while a plastic surgeon draws surgery lines on her breasts

Breast reduction surgery is one of the most transformative and rewarding procedures for women. In fact, the lives of some of our favorite celebrities have been improved by breast reduction surgery

But what if you want to not only lose the weight in your breasts but also the weight in your body? 

This blog will look at why it’s important to be at or close to your goal weight before you undergo breast reduction surgery.

Why Choose Specialists in Plastic Surgery for Your Breast Reduction?

The skilled plastic surgeons at Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina, are trained and experienced in many different breast surgery procedures

At Specialists in Plastic Surgery, you will be able to feel comfortable with your plastic surgeon so that you can trust that your results will be as transformative as you want.

How Is Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?

Breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has been administered, your plastic surgeon will likely use the anchor technique, where the incision is made around the areola and extends down the lower pole of the breast. An additional incision is then made at the inframammary fold beneath the breast. 

Through this incision, your plastic surgeon will remove excess tissue, fat, and skin from the breasts. Liposuction surgery may be used to aid in the removal of fat. The remaining tissue will then be repositioned to create a smaller, more aesthetically pleasing breast appearance. 

Breast reduction surgery is nearly always combined with breast lift surgery (mastopexy) to lift the breasts to a higher, more youthful and perky level. By combining these procedures, you can expect to feel like a new and rejuvenated version of yourself!

Before and after image showing the results of a breast reduction performed in Raleigh, NC.

Visit our breast reduction before and after gallery to see more transformations.

Why Should I Be Near My Goal Weight Before My Breast Reduction?

Along with relieving physical and psychological frustrations, breast reduction surgery allows a woman’s breasts to be more proportional to her body. However, if you undergo a breast reduction and then lose a significant amount of weight, that proportional relation will be imbalanced again. This can cause your breasts to once again be too big for your body and can cause many of the same issues that led to your breast reduction in the first place. 

Another thing to think about is that weight loss (especially significant weight loss) can cause the breast skin (along with other skin on the body) to become loose and sag. This can negatively affect your breast reduction results and require additional plastic surgery procedures to restore a more aesthetic appearance.

For these reasons, it is important that you lose whatever weight you are wanting to lose before you undergo your breast reduction. If you have any questions about your intended weight loss and its effect on your planned breast reduction, then schedule your consultation today to discuss your concerns with one of our plastic surgeons!

Interested in Breast Reduction?

If you would like to learn more about breast reduction surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina, and its surrounding areas, contact Specialists in Plastic Surgery by calling (919) 785-0505 or filling out our online contact form