Breast Reduction Before Pregnancy?

Breast Reduction Before Pregnancy?

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Breast reduction before pregnancy

Breast reduction can be performed at any time. For patients with severe back, neck and shoulder pain as the factor leading them to seek surgery, there is no reason to delay until after childbearing which will be very uncomfortable. If you are interested in breast reduction for cosmetic purposes, then since pregnancy could affect the aesthetic outcome, with the potential for revision afterwards at your expense, then this is certainly a factor to take into consideration.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction before pregnancy

is commonly done on women who have horrible symptoms from the excessive size and weight.  Regardless of what technique is used, much of your mammary ducts will be removed during this process which will limit your ability to breast feed fully in the future so you have to weigh the benefits of smaller, more manageable breasts versus the diminished ability to breast feed, requiring supplements for full feedings.  Life is about living and if the symptoms are bad enough where your life is bordering on miserable, reductions can be a very gratifying procedure to the patient.  Best wishes!

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction before Pregnancy?

Thank you for your question.

This is really a personal preference.  I would suggest meeting with board certified plastic surgeons to discuss all of the potential risks and complications associated with this type of surgery.  With any type of breast surgery, there may be a risk of not being able to breast feed afterwards.  With pregnancy, the breasts will change in size and shape and so you have to know that revisionary surgery may be necessary after the pregnancy if you are not happy with how the breasts changed.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction Pros and Cons Before Pregnancy

Extremely large breasts can wreak havoc on your body.  They can cause a variety of problems, including back pain, neck pain, shoulder grooving from bra staps, rashes underneath the breasts, etc.  A breast reduction can help to alleviate many if not all of these symptoms.  The surgery is done as an outpatient under general anesthesia and requires about 1 week off of work and exercise. 

When it comes to pregnancy, the operation cannot be done while you are pregnant.  If you have the reduction done before pregnancy, your ability to breastfeed may be affected.  Currently, data has shown that a history of a breast reduction means that there is a 50% chance that you won't be able to breastfeed or that you'll need to supplement breastfeeding with formula.

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