I had a breast reduction two months ago. I wanted to be a C cup but I am a small D. My surgeon said in six months he can re-operate and take more out. He would go back into the incisions. I had a lollipop procedure. He said he could go down a 1/2 cup if he just opens the vertical incision and a full cup if he opens both. What are the risks involved?
Still Too Big After Breast Reduction
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Still too big after breast reduction
The size desired for a breast reduction is a lengthy discussion I have with patients before surgery. I explain that an exact size can not be guaranteed as a big C may fit a small D depending on the style and material of the bra. I usually ask what range they would like to be B-C , average C, or C-D and we talk about how it matches their chest size and hips. Your breast in the photo appear to match your body size but if you would like them to be smaller this can be easily accomplished. Talk with your surgeon again to be sure you both understand the same goal. You may want the skin tightened and the breast moved up to give you more fullness on top. It is easier to make you smaller than make you larger again. Good luck.
Make sure you are not treating the bra size alone
Are your symptoms gone? Your breast appear to have good shape and seem proportionate to your body. Be careful you are not pursuing a "bra size." Recently a patient had herself measured at one lingerie store and she was told she was a 34 mid C cup. She drove to the next town and, in the same day, was told she was a 32 DD !!
Same patient, same breasts, very different cup sizes. So don't pay that much attention to a specific letter of the alphabet. Pay more attention to whether your symptoms are relieved, whether the shape is good and remember that further surgery can alter the shape and sensation. Best of luck.
Breast Reduction Revision
Thank you for the question.
I would agree with your surgeon that it is in your best interest to wait at least 6 months prior to considering any additional surgery.
The concern with revisionary breast reduction surgery is related to blood flow to the remaining breast tissue; is important to perform the operation in such a fashion that the blood flow to the nipple/areola/breast tissue is not compromised. The part of the tissue that is left in place after breast reduction surgery is called the “pedicle"; this segment of tissue is responsible for delivering the blood supply to the nipple/areola/ breast tissue. If the pedicle (that was used during the previous breast reduction procedure) is cut then the blood flow to tissues may be compromised leading to serious competitions such as tissue necrosis etc.
I hope this helps.
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Second Breast Reduction Risks
Any re-reduction will have some of the same risks as the initial surgery as well as additional risks to the neurovascular supply to the nipple –areolar complex. You seem to have the risk of additional scarring as well as your unhappiness with the size. Nevertheless, if you feel you are too large, you will need additional tissue removed and this should be able to be accomplished with a revision of your breast reduction.
Reduction of Breast Reduction
Two months after a breast reduction surgery is too soon to know your result. You may find that the breasts will get smaller that the swelling will go down with more time, and that you have achieved what you want.
Your result is a good one. Avoid concerns based on cup size as this can vary widely depending upon the style and manufacturer. or your bra.
Stay in touch with your surgeon, and if after 6 months you feel dissatisfied, then you might consider revision to further reduce your breast reduction.
Redo breast reduction
There are always risks with additional surgery. I woudl wait on a revision for at least 6 months or longer, your breast may still be a bit swollen.
Breast reduction, AGAIN!
Minor reductions can be achieved with liposuction. However, you have a very nice appearing result and I would advise you to focus on the relief and overall appearance rather than a garment size.
It is always difficult to be exact with breast size after a reduction.Size will also vary from one bra manufacture to another.One could easily remove an ellipse of tissue from just under the 6 o'clock position of your incision.Also a little lipo could be done as well and the skin tightened so it really is not something that should be too difficult to correct.
Breast Reduction Re-Do
I would agree with your surgeon to wait 6 months after the procedure to remove any further tissue. At two months the breasts may undergo a bit of change to a decrease in swelling. The risks of reoperation are the same in my mind and experience as the initial operation.
Revision breast reduction surgery
Occasionally revision may be necessary after breast reduction. From your photographs, it appears that you still have a fair amount of skin. I would recommend converting the lollipoop incision to an inverted-T incision to tighten your skin and elevate your breast to a higher position on the chest wall.
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