Is It a Realistic to Want to Go from a 40DDD to at Least a B Cup Size?

I am 5'4 and weigh 186 I am a 40DDD and still growing in chest size I have severe back, neck, shoulder, and headache pain.

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A breast reduction from a triple D to a D or full C is usually ideal.

Usually it's reasonable to go from a triple D to a D or full C.  The circumference (40) remains the same.  Any less and your breast shape will look a little flat.  Your base is just too large to have a good-looking B-cup.  But a C-cup is very doable and will make a huge difference, and alleviate your pain.  I've attached a link.  Be sure to have a vertical reduction, not an inverted-T "anchor" reduction which is causes more scarring and a less flattering shape.  I've attached a link in case you wish to see some examples and read more.  I know your symptoms are your priority, but you can still look good and change your breasts from a negative to a positive in your life.

Kansas City Plastic Surgeon
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Any size possible with breast reduction.

The patient can pretty much determine any size as the result of a breast reduction. Major reductions may alter the technique. This will be discussed with your plastic surgeon.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Is It a Realistic to Want to Go from a 40DDD to at Least a B Cup Size?

Over-resection of breast tissue with a breast reduction has a number of potential consequences.  First, there may be difficulties with wound healing if too much tissue is removed, leaving the nipple, areola and surrounding areas with diminished blood supply.  (There can be wound healing problems even in the absence of "over-resection.")  It can also be an aesthetic issue if the breasts are reduced to too great a degree (patients have posted questions of how to treat over-resection - including fat injections to increase volume).  Finally, you can always have more taken off but you cannot put it back on, so I would generally urge caution in reducing the breasts to a significant degree.

I hope that this helps and good luck,

Dr. e

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction outcomes

can vary considerably with how aggressive you wish to be with removing tissue.  But you must be cautious in what you desire because if you experience any weight loss in the future, your breasts will shrink as well and you will be 'out of proportion' but if that doesn't matter to you, you could easily have a much smaller size.  Cup size cannot be guaranteed.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Achieving Goals with Breast Reduction Surgery?

Thank you for the question.
Yes, it is possible to reduce the breasts size very significantly.  The concern with the amount of tissue removed is related to blood flow to the remaining tissue;  if too much tissue is removed in one operation the blood flow to the remaining tissue (including nipple/areola)  may be compromised.   Part of the 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.
 Most patients  undergoing breast reduction surgery wish to achieve a enough of a reduction to help with their symptoms while remaining proportionate with the remainder of their torso. 
With the goal of improving communication with my patients (determining their goals in regards to breast size after breast reduction surgery) 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 cup” etc. 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 attach link, helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Meeting expectations with breast reduction surgery

A significant reduction in breast size is possible but it is based upon the technique used to perform the breast reduction.  There are many different described methods.  Discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon and hopefully you can arrive at a goal that meets your expectations.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Significant Reduction is Possible

It is possible to have a breast reduction to a much small size but you must be able to keep tissue to ensure healthy healing. Cup size is irrelevant to me and I reduce the breast significantly but to match your chest/hips. 

Dr. ES

I am 5'4 and weigh 186 I am a 40DDD and still growing in chest size I have severe back, neck, shoulder, and headache pain.

It is not unrealistic, you can go from a 40DDD to a B cup.  But there are other issues I would be concerned about.  weighing 186 at 5'4" means significant overweight.  This has to be brought under control first, otherwise the breast reduction would be counterproductive.  Secondly, if your chest is still growing, it is best to wait until it has stopped growing.

Ruben B. Abrams, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

From large breasts to much smaller breasts, Can it be done?

A triple D size to a B cup reduction may be feasible, however, the relationship of cup size to back (band) size will determine the final outcome.  Enough tissue needs to be retained to give a proportional, yet appropriate reduction to better match the overall body size.  Only a consultation can help you understand the positive outcome along with the limitations.  Your symptoms will dramatically reduce after the surgery. 

H. Michael Roark, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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