My main concerns are infections and breastfeeding in the near future. (Photo)

I am 25. 36DD. Although my size isn't outrageous, I dream about one day not wearing a bra and walk around the house in a t-shirt and panties only. I'd like to evaluate all of the drawbacks: how does one cope with the possible scars? What are the chances of them infecting? What about the afterwards pain? What of breastfeeding? I am a newly wed and plan to have kids in the near future (3-5 years). What of the result not being what you wanted? Perky and symmetrical breasts with beautiful nipples?

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Breast Reduction Can Affect Breastfeeding

Congratulations on your wedding. Many women considering breast reduction have questions about the impact the surgery may have on breastfeeding children in the future. There is no definitive answer, but there is a chance that the procedure will affect your supply of breast milk in some manner. If that is a primary concern, I would advise postponing the procedure until you are finished having children.

Also be aware that pregnancy and breastfeeding change a woman’s breasts significantly. So if you choose to have surgery now and have results you love, know that those results will be changed by childbearing. With that in mind, you should at least consider the option of lifting and reducing your breasts after you have children.

Infection following any surgery is a risk, but is rare. There are also many ways to minimize scars after breast surgery, including scar creams. But the best step you can take is to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who's experienced in cosmetic breast surgery and has ample before-and-after photos to share with you.


Long Island Plastic Surgeon
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Lipo-lift, breast lift, breast reduction, mastopexy, benelli, augmentation mastopexy

I appreciate your question.

I perform a liposuction breast lift that removes tissue from the areas you don't want such as near the armpit and the lower portion hanging near your stomach. Once I use this to shape the breast I then remove the skin to tighten the breast and create a better shape with nice cleavage. Since I perform this less invasively the recovery time is faster. The size would depend on the proportion with your body versus going for a cup size. It works very well if there are asymmetries. I can also use the removed fat as a natural breast augmentation by grafting the fat back into the breast to create more projection or into the top to create more cleavage. This procedure can also be combined with an implant if needed or wanted.  It should not affect nipple sensation, mammograms, cancer risk or breast-feeding. If you gain or lose weight, the transferred fat can do the same.

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 plastic surgery.  

Best of luck!    

Dr. Schwartz 

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Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Possible complications after breast reduction surgery

I suggest you are done with your pregnancies before undergoing a breast reduction only because pregnancy and breast feeding can have unpredictable effects on your breasts. Most breast reduction procedures require vertical incisions or interfere with nipple sensitivity and the ability to breast feed. However, The Horndeski Method, was developed to improve aesthetic outcomes without breast implants, minimal scars and preserve the ability to breast feed. Long term results are achieved by securing the newly repositioned and reshaped breasts to the underlying chest muscles. Once the breasts are properly supported (unlike relying on the skin envelope alone like conventional methods) breasts remain perky (upper pole fullness without implants) without using a bra. Attached is an example of THM without implants. I hope this helps. 

Best wishes and kind regards, 

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction

You have some good questions. The easy ones first....infections are extremely rare in cosmetic surgery and the majority of patients use narcotic pain pills for a few days but are on ibuprofen in 7-10 days.Scars are not "possible", they are guaranteed and sometimes they are pretty bad, but usually fade to soft white lines in a year or two. Scarring, for the most part, is based on your genetics. I tell all my young breast reduction patients to assume they will not be able to breast feed and make their choice regarding surgery with that understanding. Many patients do breast feed but almost always find they need to supplement due to inadequate volume. Since you have a fairly short timeline for having your children, it seems like it might be best to have the babies and put the surgery off for a few years. 

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift

Dear Unsure091:

Based on your photo alone, I would likely suggest you consider a breast lift to reshape your breasts, address the sagging, and restore volume in your cleavage.   The basic principle of a breast lift is that you have to accept some degree of scar to achieve better form.  As per infection, we give all our surgical patients IV antibiotics prior to surgery (incision) time to prevent surgical site infections.   Preoperative antibiotics is much more effective at preventing any infections that postop oral antibiotics.  As per breast feeding, with the technique I utilize, we keep the nipple areolar complex attached to the blood supply, lymphatics, nerves, and ducts.  You should be able to breast feed, but that is impossible for anyone to guarantee.  Besides, even if you don't opt for a breast procedure, you may or may not be able to breast feeding - this is simply an unknown.   Please see a board certified plastic surgeon to learn more about your options.  best wishes,

Dr. Basu
Houston, TX

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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