Breast Reduction Results
Having realistic expectations about breast reduction surgery and the results that are possible is important to your overall satisfaction with the cosmetic surgery procedure. Before undergoing breast reduction, read stories about the experiences of previous patients, and discuss possible outcomes with your doctor to be fully prepared for breast reduction.
If you are interested in breast reduction surgery and would like to learn more about what you can expect with breast reduction results, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with a local cosmetic surgeon. A qualified physician can answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure, advise you of the costs, cosmetic risks, and benefits of treatment, and determine your candidacy for breast reduction surgery.
Results Achieved with Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery has immediate and dramatic results, typically alleviating the physical discomfort and chronic pain that is often experienced by women with large, heavy breasts. Breasts will be much smaller after surgery and may appear lifted, even if a breast lift was not performed.
The type of breast reduction surgical method used often determines the outcome. Many patients report that the traditional breast reduction surgery method results in wide, flat breasts, whereas vertical incision breast reductions often result in more shapely breasts. However, wrinkles and lumps in the breasts are common for several months following a vertical incision reduction. In comparison, the traditional method often produces smooth results within a month. A “scarless” breast reduction typically does not reduce breast volume as much as other reduction methods, leading to less dramatic results.
Breast reduction results in permanent scars which may appear lumpy and red for several months following surgery but will fade over time. These breast reduction scars can often be hidden by bras and bathing suits and many women see these scars as a fair trade for the improvement in physical discomfort caused by large breasts. Patients should be aware of the risk of permanent sensation loss in the breast skin or nipple after breast reduction surgery.
Following breast reduction, the breasts will always appear smaller than if the surgery had not been performed. However, the breasts can become larger again due to weight gain, pregnancy, or other events that lead to an increase in breast tissue.
Breast Reduction Results: Stories from Previous Patients
A good way to learn more about breast reduction results is to look for stories from previous patients. A number of first-hand accounts can be found in online forums devoted to patients’ experiences with plastic and reconstructive surgery. These breast reduction stories can help you learn what to expect following the procedure and may even be able to direct you to a qualified surgeon in your area.
Patients often report the following when relating their breast reduction stories:
- Physical comfort increases as a result of smaller breast size
- Clothing fits better
- Satisfaction with overall appearance increases
- Scars begin to fade within six months of surgery
- Pain and unusual sensitivity subside within a month of surgery
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Photo credit: Dr. Dina Eliopoulos
Let DocShop Help You Find a Qualified Surgeon
Having a clear understanding of the facts and myths of breast reduction surgery results and recovery can help potential patients develop realistic expectations. Consulting a qualified plastic surgeon in your area will give you the opportunity to ask questions and, in some cases, hear breast reduction stories from patients who have undergone surgery to reduce large, heavy breasts. Find a cosmetic surgeon near you today using DocShop’s directory and learn more about breast reduction results.