Is it possible to get a breast reduction from a size 34DD to whatever size as low as a surgeon can get them?
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Breast reduction outcomes
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A breast reduction will change your life. You are not overweight and it sounds like you are very symptomatic. Please see a board certified plastic surgeon, they will discuss what size is possible. Bonus -- a lift is part of a breast reduction, so say goodbye to uncomfortable support bras. Good luck, Jane
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It seems like you are a good candidate for a breast reduction. This is often covered by insurance but surgeons usually have to meet a minimum amount of tissue that is removed. It may be close to a pound per side. Most surgeons can safely reduce to a B or C cup. Meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and determine if you are a good candidate. Good luck!
Good candidate for a breast reduction
Is it possible to get a breast reduction...?
“Typical” patients who present for breast reduction surgery are women who have disproportionately large breasts, causing problems such as neck/back/shoulder discomfort, postural changes, bra strap grooving, skin irritation/rashes under the breasts, and/or difficulty with activities of daily living and/or exercise etc. There may be both physical as well as psychosocial “stress” caused by the disproportionately large breasts.
Reducing breast tissue mass and elevating the breasts on the chest wall tend to improve or alleviate many of the symptoms associated with the disproportionately large breasts.
Patients considering breast reduction surgery should also consider the potential downsides (risks/complications) associated with the procedure as well. Poor scarring, for example may be associated with the procedure. Additional surgery may be necessary in the short or longer term for a multitude of reasons.
When the time is right, I suggest that you seek consultation with well experienced plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience achieving the types of outcomes you would be pleased with. Ultimately, careful selection of your plastic surgeon will be the most important decision you make.
To this end, I would suggest you visit a few surgeons whose practices concentrate on aesthetic surgery. ***Ask to see lots of examples of their work and preferably speak/see patients who have had similar procedures done.
With the goal of improving communication with my patients I find the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) very helpful. I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or “B or C cup” or "as small as possible" means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful. Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate.
I hope this, and the attached link (dedicated to breast reduction surgery concerns), helps. Best wishes.
Your surgeon can theoretically remove as much or as little breast tissue as you would desire. With your height and weight, bringing you down from a DD to say a C might be a reasonable size to aim for. This type of a size reduction would help reduce the pain you have during exercise and your back/shoulder/neck pain associated with your large breasts.
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