Is weight loss mandatory before breast reduction/removal?
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Weight loss is not mandatory
Is Weight Loss Necessary Before Breast Reduction Surgery?
Weight loss does assist in a breast reduction because a #stable weight allows for a more stable result. For example, if you get a breast reduction and then lose a lot of weight, you may find that your breasts are less perky or full from the weight lost. It is best to lose the majority of weight prior to reduction if you can. In addition, optimizing your weight before general anesthesia helps minimize postoperative complications. The best place to start would be with your primary care provider and a supervised weight loss/exercise program. This will allow you to accomplish your goal. Good luck!
Weight and surgical risk
Your weight, particularly when added to your clotting disorder and Ehlers Danlos, puts you at an elevated risk from both surgical and anesthetic complications. Since breast reduction surgery is elective it is best to reduce your risk as much as possible before considering surgery. Weight loss can be quite frustrating- you may want to consider a medically supervised program in order to get you to a weight that reduces your surgical risk to an acceptable level. Best wishes, Dr. Meghan Nadeau, Seattle, WA
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Weight Loss Prior to Breast Reduction
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