To get a breast reduction, does weight matter?

Is there a weight requirement for the body type, height, any reason being for the surgery?

Doctor Answers 5

Breast reduction

For your safety during surgery, weight is a factor when considering an elective procedure.  A BMI of 30 or less is appropriate for surgery.  Meet with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to learn more.


Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction and weight

Certainly, weight and height will be factors as well when a patient is considering a breast reduction.  Best of luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants/Breast Reduction/Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants/Breast Implant Revision Surgery

I appreciate your question. For health and safety reasons, best to be at a BMI less than 30 or within 10 pounds of your goal weight and stable at that weight for 6 months prior to surgery for optimal results. The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam. Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery. Best of luck! Dr. Schwartz Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute #RealSelf100Surgeon #RealSelfCORESurgeon

Weight and Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery falls into two separate categories. There are "aesthetic" breast reductions and insurance based breast reductions. While all breast reductions should have an aesthetically pleasing result, these terms simply refer to the fact that there are certain reductions deemed "medically necessary" by an insurance company. These reductions typically require a specific amount of breast tissue to be removed based on the patient's body surface area (a measurement of weight and size). When an insurance does not deem a procedure medically necessary or if a patient desires a volume of reduction less than that required by an insurance company then the procedure is deemed an "aesthetic" or "cosmetic" breast reduction. Prior to a consultation for breast reduction I recommend you communicate with your insurance company to determine their requirements for breast reduction and the amount of tissue required. You should also communicate with your primary care doctor to document issues such as back pain and rashes associated with your breast size. These will help your surgeon coordinate a procedure with your insurance company.

Anthony J. Wilson, MD
Portsmouth Physician
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To get a breast reduction, does weight matter?

Thank you for the question.
Congratulations on your decision to proceed with breast reduction surgery; it is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform.
Although the breast reduction surgery may help you at this point, if you are contemplating the weight loss then it would be in your best interest to have the breast surgery after you have reached your long-term stable weight (if possible). Doing so will help minimize risk of surgery and improve your chances of achieving your goals and minimize the chances that revisionary breast surgery (to treat “sagging” for example) will be necessary afterwards. You may find the attached link, dedicated to breast reduction surgery concerns, helpful to you as you learn more. Best wishes. 

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