How Will DDD or E Cup Look Like After Breast Reduction to C Cup?

I am DDD or E cup and I'm considering a breast reduction to C cup size. I'm just wondering, how would I look like after the surgery?

Doctor Answers 34

Breast reduction result

If you had a breast reduction your breasts in all likely hood would look higher (if they say now), more contoured, more projection, and obviously smaller. You would also be more physically comfortable.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

C-Cup Is a Great Size For Most Women

Having struggled with such large breasts, you may well wonder why you waited so long to have a breast reduction!
The C-cup size is most popular because the sense of proportionality, full feminine figure, but still fitting clothing well (without tugging on the buttons).
Explore sizing options with your plastic surgeon to find what size will fit you best.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Breast Reduction Result

Without photos and an in person examination, we can not guide you properly. Consult in person with 3 board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

What Does a Reduced Breast Look Like?

What your breast will look like after surgery depends a little upon what it looks like beforehand and a lot by what operation is done and who does the operation.  A lift is included in a breast reduction and, when done with a vertical or similar technique, rather than with an anchor scar, the shape can be vastly improved. The breast with this technique tends to be fuller and more projecting without a bra.
Dr. Pyle

Jeremy Pyle, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

Breast appearance after reduction mammoplasty

The appearance of the breast after reduction mammooplasty depends on the skill of the surgeon and the size of the patient.  The closer a patient is to their ideal weight the better and more natural the end result.  Quite often I will be asked to make a C cup for a woman who is over 190 pounds and under 5'5".  For this large a woman it is impossible to give a beautiful breast.  The chest is to wide and there is to much body fat.  This same woman at 130 to 150 could achieve a very desirable breast eventhough her ideal weight is 115 pounds.

Gary H. Manchester, MD (retired)
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

High satisfaction, less complaints from breast reduction

There is a reason you are considering a breast reduction. Large heavy breasts could cause marked discomfort and difficulty in clothing, etc.

Following surgery, you will be happier as your breast volume will fit the rest of your body. The transition from a DDD to a C is very significant and a D size breast might be more realistic. It would be very helpful to get review pictures from previous reduction procedures performed.

Hope that helps!

Hisham Seify, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Results After Breast Reduction

Going from a DDD to a C is generally a nice reduction. However, without know your height and weight I cannot say for sure if a C cup is best for you. In addition to reducing the weight and pain form large breasts, the goal of a breast reduction should be to create breasts that are proportionate to your body frame. So when you consult in person with a board certified plastic surgeon, make sure he/she creates breasts that are perfect for you! Good luck!

Jimmy S. Firouz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

You may look Beautifully,......Average!

The average American cup size is a C cup.  
With a C cup, you will blend right in.  

The body image requires some adjustment after you have been quite large, but big outcome studies show that 98.7% of patients are either Very Glad or Glad that they had a breast reduction. 

Predicting outcomes in breast reduction

Hello. Thanks for your question. 

The outcome of breast reduction has so many factors it is difficult to predict your exact result. There are significant variations when you consider your own traits: weight, current breast size, skin quality, other health issues. Based on the above, your surgeon should be able to recommend best options for surgical techniques to accomplish your breast reduction surgery. There is wide variation in surgical technique and incision patterns. Regardless, all of these things should be discussed with your plastic surgeon and they will be able to educate you about the risks, benefits and expectations that come along with breast reduction surgery.

Rachel Streu, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Is a reduction from E to C possible?

It may not be possible to go all the way down to a C cup if you are a DDD or an E cup now.   There are limitations based on the amount of tissue that must be preserved to maintain circulation and sensation to the nipple, and allow for healing of the skin.  It is best under these circumstances to tell your board certified plastic surgeon that you would like to get as close to a C cup as possible, and let them reshape your breast at the time of surgery to the size that is most appropriate based on your anatomy.  Then you will get the best breast shape that can be achieved, and maximize the chances of a risk free recovery!

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 136 reviews

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