American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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4 years ago

How will my weight affect getting this procedure?

All my life I’ve naturally had very large breasts, but they become a larger issue when I’m heavier. At my ideal weight (160lbs) I’m about a DDD or even an E. At my current weight (215lbs) I am an H (still wearing a G size bra). I would ideally like to have D or DDs in order to be comfortable. I am currently on a diet and plan to lose those 55lbs quite quick. How will this affect me going for a BR?

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: Howell, NJ

Replies 7

Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon
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You are best to wait until you lose the desired weight first. Your breasts will likely be one a little smaller with the weight loss as well.

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon

If weight loss is an achievable goal, please do that first. If you had your breast reduction today and then lost the 55 pounds, your reduced breasts would "deflate" even further and might end up too small. The breasts contain a lot of fat, so weight loss will reduce their volume. When you achieve your weight goal and your breasts are still DDD-E you should qualify for a breast reduction paid for by your health insurance.

James Chappell
ASPS Surgeon

I would get to within 10-15 lbs of your target weight before having the surgery, otherwise the breasts may shrink too much after surgery.

Larry Weinstein
ASPS Surgeon

It is so exciting that you are taking steps for a healthy new year. Weight watchers is a successful program for millions of people. Low carbs and high vegetable diet are the main goal. Best to loss some weight before surgery. It can take some time to get approval from your Insursnce so it’s a good idea to see a board certified plastic surgeon to gat all your ducks in order. Good luck.

Nelson Castillo

I would recommend losing your weight prior to any surgical procedure as it will affect your long-term results if performed after.

Norman Bakshandeh
ASPS Surgeon

All patients who lose weight will also lose weight in their breasts. The weight loss and the reduction is size of the breasts may not be proportionate if you started out with breast hypertrophy initially

Adolfo Sesto
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Hello Danielle. As you can imagine changes on weight reflect in changes on the breast size, since there is a fat component that increases or decreases with weight fluctuation.

I would recommend you to stabilized your weight before surgery to avoid sagging an loose breast if you lose more weight after surgery.. But if it's not possible you are a good candidate for a Breast Lift and Reduction.


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