Is it a necessary thing to lose weight before a breast reduction surgery?

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Weight loss before a breast reduction

Whether to lose weight before a breast reduction depends on what your current weight is and how much weight you plan to lose.  At higher weight ranges (in relation to your height, a measure known as body mass index, or BMI) the rate of complications increases, so if your BMI is over 30, losing weight before surgery may be beneficial.  Regardless of your BMI, if you're planning to lose a significant amount of weight (more than 10% of your body weight), you may want to do this first and maintain it for at least six months before surgery.  Otherwise, major weight loss after surgery may affect the cosmetic result.  These points are just guidelines however, and the recommendation to lose weight should come from your doctor based on your specific case.  In order to get a qualified, expert opinion on your surgical options and expectations visit a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Best of luck,
Keith M. Blechman, MD
New York, NY

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Is it a necessary thing to lose weight before a breast reduction surgery?

Thank you for the question. Best to achieve your long-term stable weight prior to undergoing breast reduction surgery. Doing so will help minimize the risk of surgery and decrease chances that additional surgery will be necessary afterwards.  Good luck as you work to achieve your goals; keep in mind that breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Scarless breast reduction

This requires a little more information and preferably photos. Are we talking about 5 pounds or 50 pound weight loss. The simple answer of course is to be at your ideal weight but this is not always necessary. when you do get your consultation make sure it's with a board-certified plastic surgeon and another option is always the liposuction only procedure which is quick simple minimal recuperation no visible scar. Hope this helps.

Sherwood Baxt, MD
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Weight before surgery

It is necessary to be within 20 pounds of your goal weight before surgery. It is more important to be consistent with your weight as that it would be the best measure for your surgeon to use during your consultation.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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