I am 21yrs old. I'm 5'1'' and 135lbs. Can I Lose Weight to Get Smaller Breasts?
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Breast reduction by weight loss
Correlation between weight reduction and breast size
Weight loss and Breast size
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Weight loss and breast size
Lose weight to get smaller breasts?
It May Take Significant Weight Loss to Notice Changes in Breast Size
There’s no question that breast size fluctuates with changes in body weight. Unfortunately, it takes a significant weight loss to see noticeable changes in breast size. Although there’s no doubt that weight loss would provide health benefits for you, it would most likely not affect your breast size in a significant way.
When breast volume actually decreases following generalized weight loss, it’s not unusual to develop associated breast sag. The vast majority of patients considers this an unsatisfactory outcome and often desire breast lift surgery to correct this problem.
In most cases of severe breast hypertrophy, breast reduction surgery is necessary to correct the problem. This procedure not only reduces breast size, but also lifts the breast into normal position and reduces areola size. It improves symptoms associated with breast enlargement and improves quality of life.
Your history suggests that breast reduction should definitely be a consideration. You have classic symptoms including back, neck and shoulder pain. You also have decreased exercise tolerance which might be the cause of our weight gain. Finally, it’s starting to affect your psychological well being. Consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon might be time well spent, and a good investment in your future.
Breast reduction with weight loss
At 5'1", the ideal body weight is approximately 110lbs. Furthermore, it is likely you will sustain additional decreases in size with subsequent weight loss. However, only your genetics will determine the degree of size reduction. Subseqent reductions could be achieved wtih breast tissue removal or liposuction.
Will weight loss make my breasts smaller?
Based on your height and weight, you are slightly overweight. According to the body mass index chart, a weight of 127 will put you in the healthy range of body weight for your height.
You can try losing the extra 8 pounds (please lose the weight slowly-crash diets are not healthy and even dangerous!), but I doubt it will make your symptoms go away.
You may consider breast reduction if your symptoms do not go away.
Best of Luck.
Weight Loss and Breast Size
Your weight will definitely affect your breast size. As you gain weight, you'll breasts will get larger and as you lose weight your breasts will get smaller. That said, based on your current breast size, it is unliklely that you will be able to get breasts as small as you desire with weight loss alone. You are likely to need either a reduction and/or a breast lift.
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