Is my doctor being honest with me? (photos)
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Each operation is unique to each patient
Plastic surgery results are dependent on several factors, but mainly on what you looked like to start with, and your surgeon's abilities. The end point that is possible is also anticipated and hopefully communicated to you, the patient, beforehand so that you yout understand what result will be possible.
Bottomline...Ultimately it is limited by what you looked like before the operation, assuming your surgeon is fully trained and capable as a plastic surgeon.
Based on your photo I think you have a nice improvement. If you end up wishing you were smaller, your surgeon can always revisit and make adjustments if he/she feels it will help to improve the aesthetic outcome.
It's important to trust your surgeon's skill level.
Good luck to you. Be patient. It's a nice size currently.
Your surgeon can only deliver what he/she feels is safe
Your doctor is on the level
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Your doctor is being totally honest
Is my doctor being honest with me?
Yes i think he is
Honestly, I know its just one picture but I think your breasts look great! They are still swollen and will get smaller over the next 6-12 months. You may be totally happy once the swelling goes down, or you might be like a lot of woman, and wish you were bigger like when you first had the swelling.
Its all about expectations and good communication. Ultimately your surgeon has to make the final decision in the operating room. He/she definitely took your desires and wishes into account, but ultimately he has to decide what he thinks will look best. Also, sometimes you have to make a judgement call, because if you remove too much breast tissue, you can put the nipple at risk for losing its blood supply and possibly dying.
I would talk with your plastic surgeon and give this some time before getting to worried about it. Worse case scenario you have a small "re-reduction" or maybe some liposuction to get down to the size you want.
Is my doctor being honest with me?
A review of some of the issues surrounding breast reduction surgery may be helpful to you. The part of breast tissue that is left in place is called the “pedicle"; this segment of tissue is responsible for delivering the blood supply to the nipple/areola tissue. If the pedicle is made too small (in the effort to reduce the breasts as much as possible) then patient will likely have problems with tissue survival.
The other concern with overly aggressive breast reduction surgery is patient dissatisfaction afterwards. It is not unusual for patients who have lived with very large breasts to want to have as much as possible removed. Care must be taken to be judicious in this removal to avoid an outcome where the breasts are too small in relation (proportionately) to the patient's other body parts. Again, it is not uncommon, for patients' breasts to become smaller ( after the breast reduction procedure) with time and/or weight loss- breast augmentation may become necessary to achieve the patient size goals.
My best suggestion: communicate your questions/concerns directly with your plastic surgeon in a calm and constructive fashion. Hopefully, he/she can clarify for you. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be pleased with long-term.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.