What To Do Before Breast Reduction

If there is one thing I consistently tell patients who come to me for breast reduction in Oregon, it’s this: “Be at a stable weight before surgery.”

Considering that one common reason for having breast reduction surgery is to make exercising easier and more comfortable, it might sound strange that women should try to reach their ideal weight before the procedure.

However, reports in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery clearly show that women who lose weight after breast reduction surgery – whether from exercise or from bariatric surgery – often become unhappy with the shape and volume of their reconstructed breasts.

The reason for this is that weight fluctuations affect breast size and shape. Losing just 10 or 15 pounds, therefore, can begin to undo all of that artful reshaping and calculated reduction performed by a surgeon and can result in less-desirable breast contours and proportions.

If you are considering breast reduction in Oregon, talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon about any plans you may have for weight loss or weight gain – including pregnancy – to determine when would be the best time for your procedure.

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