I Am a 38 DD Bra Size Would It Be Possible to Get a Reduction Down to a C Cup? (photo)

I have had big breasts for at least 3 to 4 years now with severe back pain & I am looking into a breast reduction I am a size 36 DD and I am 5"7. Would it be possible for me to go down to a size 36 C or would I only be able to go down a cup size. I feel like it would be better for me to be a C so not so big & without as much back pain.

Doctor Answers 7

Breast reduction

Certianly a breast reduction can be performed if you feel that your breasts are too large. While cup size can not be guaranteed, it certainly is possible to reduce them  to a "C" ish cup.  An exam in person would be a more accurate way to determine if this is possible.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Cup Size After Breast Reduction Surgery

Thank you for your question and photos.  It will be in your best interest to visit with a well experienced plastic surgeon to discuss breast size after breast reduction surgery but with the information that you have provided, I do think you could go from a DD to a C with this surgery.  Because a "c cup" may be different for different people, I suggest that my patients bring in goal photos so that I can see what they are trying to achieve.  This is a much more accurate way of discussing breast size.

Best Wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction to "C" cup

In my experience with hundreds of breast reductions, going from DD to C is possible.  It is best to examine a patient in the office to confirm this.  In our practice we offer two different breast reductions and the traditional reduction can take out much more breast tissue.  Best wishes!!

Stefan Mark Szczerba, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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DD to a C - yes it is possible

DD to a C sounds great. The reason doctors sometimes don't like to reduce too much is that they have to leave tissue behind to keep blood flow to the nipple and areola. Generally the lower the nipple, the more you have to leave behind, since the further away the blood flow must go. There are new techniques, such as vertical mammaplasty reduction, where this limitation is much less of an issue, so you can ask about that. Finally, I would like to emphasize what another plastic surgeon said - we can never guarantee a cup size.  Two bra stores may size you differently, so it is just way to subjective. Bring in pictures that look like smaller versions of you to make sure you are communicating your ideal size.

Lisa Cassileth, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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38DD To C Cup Reduction Certainly Possible

There should not be a problem in achieving a DD to C cup breast reduction assuming that you are in a reasonably good state of health.  Obtain a consultation with a BC plastic surgeon with whom you can discuss the procedure.  He/she can then communicate with your insurance carrier.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction

Majority of patients who undergo breast reduction are very happy with the outcome. If you are having neck pain, back pain shoulder pain, and have very large breasts, you are a good candidate. You must remember that this surgery involves significant scars. Look at post-op pictures and see if you are willing to accept the scars, in return for smaller breasts. As for the final size without an exam it is hard to be precise, but C cup is possible.

Shahriar Mabourakh, MD, FACS
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
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I Am a 38 DD Bra Size Would It Be Possible to Get a Reduction Down to a C Cup

Simple answer is YES. But the IN CLOTHES photos are of no help. Berst to seek in person evaluations from boarded PSs in your city. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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