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Trista
7 months ago
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Breast size

I was wondering what size I would be after surgery. I’m currently a 42J, and have been approved for surgery. My doctor when I asked what size I’ll be stated “I don’t know what size you’ll be but I can say you’ll be smaller and perkier but not small”…he also informed me that he would be removing 3.3lbs from each side. It’s hard to shop for bras if not knowing the size, any help would be great.

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: mountville, PA

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Chinwe Kpaduwa
ASPS Surgeon

He's right in saying that he doesn't know what size you will be and, typically, you shouldn't get sized for a new bra until, at least, three months after surgery. It's difficult to predict the cup size because there are several factors involved. Be patient with the process and don't invest in new bras until after you're healed and the swelling is gone.

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Grady Core
ASPS Surgeon
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The answer is that you don't need to shop for bras. Wait until after your surgeon tells you that you can stop wearing the surgical bra mild and then go get fitted. Surgeons cannot guarantee you a cup size since they are focused on making a maximal improvement without interrupting important blood supply . Also you might want to ask your surgeon about a new scar improvement technology called Brijjits which is like a steristip but with a plastic spring in the middle to keep the tension off the wound, Regular steristips get wound drainage in them and can get junky and be a set up for infection. Brijjits hold the would edges together and also allow for drainage. We keep them in place for 3 to 4 weeks and they have dramatically improved out post operative scar results .

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Ellis Tavin
ASPS Surgeon
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Dr. Kpaduwa and your surgeon are correct. However there are bras with a stretchy cup that will accommodate up to a D cup. I recommend my patients choose one band size up (44 for you) to allow for dressings and swelling). Buy one or two. They should not be expensive (Clear Point Medical makes a good one for $34- no financial interest in the company).

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Samir Shureih

Agree with the answers given as to final bra size. Because bra size is arbitrary from manufacturer to another and bra size on the type of bra.

Patient preset size and desired size and anatomy of the body and breast will determine the technique used and how much to remove and how much is left. At end of the surgery patient is put in a surgical bra around the size she wants. May require liposuction in certain areas. That is why a breast reduction is an aesthetic procedure.

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Rahul Vemula
ASPS Surgeon
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Thank you for your excellent question. It is impossible to predict bra size prior to a breast reduction.

I would not shop for any bras until at least 3 months after surgery

Best wishes with your surgery

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Alfred Antonetti
ASPS Surgeon

The doctor told you correctly because there are no standards for bra sizes. What may be a D in one brand may be a C in another. We just have to average it all and guess at what size it is. The doctor does not know what size exactly you will end up. He will try to get you what you want but there are never any guarantees about anything especially size and you may end up smaller or even larger than what you wanted. Also, it seems you have fairly large breasts and the purpose is to make you smaller with the least amount of possible complications. Taking too much or too little will compromise your results and you may end up with nipple-skin loss and that is something you do not want and your surgeon does not want either. For these reasons, the surgeon can not guarantee anything. You do not need to know what size to buy a bra. When all the healing is done you will go to the store and they will measure you and determine what size is the correct one .Different store, resize again.

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Sasanka Chatterjee
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Don't shop for bras. Wait till the final result. You are in the right hands. He is telling you absolute truth.

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Tanongsak Panyawirunroj
ASPS Int. Surgeon
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It is difficult to predict bra size before breast reduction surgery.

Please do not shop for any bras until at least 3 months after surgery.

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