Is There No Other Way to Have a Breast Reduction Other Than Surgery?

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Breast reduction surgery

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It is extremely difficult to dramatically spot reduce fat wherever it may be on your body. While there are nonsurgical treatments, such as laser technologies, it will most likely not reduce your breast size as much as you'd like. Results can also be very unpredictable and take several sessions to achieve. Therefore, breast reduction surgery is the safest and most effective method available at the moment.

Other options besides surgery for breast reduction?

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Currently, there are no pills, medicines or creams to make breasts smaller. There are many very good surgical options. Please see a board certified plastic surgeon. If you can, bring some photos of how you might want to look. Together you will review your goals and expectations and come up with a plan just for you.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Non-surgical breast reduction

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Surgery can be scary for many people and it is very common to seek non-surgical alternatives. With regard to breast reduction, some women will notice a decrease in breast size, but may also find that their breast sags more after significant weight loss.

In general, if your breasts are significantly enlarged and you would like them smaller, the best results will be obtained with breast reduction surgery. I encourage you to explore options with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and express concerns you may have about surgery. Best of luck.

Lawrence Iteld, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Nonsurgical Breast Reduction

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    The proportion of breast that is fat varies, but weight loss can reduce the fatty weight of the breast.  Liposuction is another option, but this will not improve the skin.  If there is any level of droop, breast reduction by the conventional surgical methods is best.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Losing weight

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Losing weight will decrease or reduce the size of the breasts.   It will not lift the breasts, but it will "reduce" the breast.  Most patients who need a breast reduction often have some excess weight. Losing some weight will help.

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Dr. Lane Smith

Lane Smith, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Is There No Other Way to Have a Breast Reduction Other Than Surgery?

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Most patients require surgery for breast reduction

Newer techniques involve less scarring and can even be done under local anesthesia with sedation

Another option is liposuction.If the breast has a preponderance of fat,liposuction can be quite effective

Hilton Becker, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Alternatives to breast reduction surgery?

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Unfortunately, there is no nonsurgical way to reduce the size of the breasts significantly. Some women's breasts do get a little smaller with weight loss, or with hormonal change. In a select few liposuction can be performed to decrease their size. Breast reduction surgery is very effective in reducing the volume and weight of the breast as well as improving lift, symmetry and areolar size. Breast reduction surgery is a very safe procedure that has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates. If you haven't already, see a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your particular goals, concerns,  and see whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Marialyn Sardo, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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