Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
Breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure that can greatly enhance your breasts. Clinically known as a mammoplasty, the procedure removes excess fat and tissue to give the patient a smaller yet perkier bust.
In this article, we will give you the full rundown of breast reduction results to guide you on your journey.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
There is a range of benefits of breast reduction for both functional and aesthetic purposes:
- smaller, more manageable-sized breasts
- more options for clothing
- reduced chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and back (upper and lower back pain)
- improved mobility making it easier to exercise
- reduced intertrigo caused by chafing under and between breasts
The combination of medical advantages and cosmetic benefits can have a great impact on a patient’s confidence and self-esteem.
When Do You See Breast Reduction Results?
The results of your breast reduction are usually seen immediately, as most patients will go down in multiple cup sizes.
However, after the surgery, the breasts are likely to appear perkier and higher in position due to swelling. This swelling is expected to dissipate after at least three months, after which you will be able to see your newly sized breasts.
How Long Does Breast Reduction Last?
Breast reduction is a permanent surgery as it removes excess tissue and skin that cannot grow back. However, the results from your reduction can be impacted by pregnancy, significant changes in weight, and the patient’s age.
Factors That Impact Breast Reduction Results
Expertise of Your Plastic Surgeon
The amount of skill your surgeon has will greatly affect your breast reduction results. A surgeon with a catalogue of successful surgeries will be better placed to achieve your desired results.
To guarantee your own safety as well as the most satisfying results, ensure that you find a board-certified and experienced surgeon with positive reviews.
Type of Breast Reduction Technique
There are three main surgical techniques for completing breast reduction, which depend on the nature of your breasts:
- A circular incision is made around the areola and is most suitable for removing a small amount of tissue
- The lollipop or keyhole technique combines a circular incision with a vertical incision from the base of the areola to the crease of the breast, which allows for more tissue and fat to be removed and a more prominent reshaping
- The anchor-shaped incision makes an additional incision along the crease of the breast and is most suitable for people with asymmetrical or drooping breasts
It is important that you maintain realistic expectations before your surgery. Your surgeon will explain to you how many cup sizes you can go down during your consultation. These results will be impacted by your starting cup size.
Patients should also consider that breast reduction does not produce the exact same results as a breast lift, so if they are seeking significantly perkier breasts, they may wish to consider a breast lift.
Tips to Maintain Breast Reduction Results
Prioritise Scar Care
Looking after your breast reduction scars will help you achieve the most natural-looking results. Keeping incisions clean will promote healing and also reduce the appearance of troublesome scars. Silicone sheets and laser treatment can also lighten scars if they are too dark and obvious.
Don’t Rush Recovery
To preserve your results, you should make sure to rest for the given amount of time. You should wait 2-3 weeks for the surgery’s side effects to dissipate before resuming your daily activities and light exercise.
Vitally, you should also avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for at least six weeks to avoid wound strain and worse scars.
Smoking and tobacco consumption are very harmful to the body and slow down its ability to heal naturally. Therefore, smoking is advised against when anticipating surgery during recovery.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is pertinent to preserving your results. Significant fluctuations in weight can affect the appearance of your breasts. More so, to ensure the best recovery after the surgery, patients are advised to be of a healthy BMI, and may be encouraged to lose weight before the procedure.
Work with a Dietician
A nutritionist can provide you with a meal plan that will allow you to maintain your weight after surgery. This removes the hassle of finding a diet that works for you and makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
Get Regular Exercise
Getting enough exercise in the week will keep your breasts in good shape and size. Doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise up to 4 times a week to maintain your weight. This can be in the form of light cardio, engaging in a sport, or lifting weights.
Is a Breast Reduction Worth It?
Undergoing breast reduction surgery can help to alleviate a variety of aesthetic and medical concerns, including back pain. This can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life while boosting their confidence.
For this reason, many patients believe breast reduction to be a worthwhile endeavour.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
If you are struggling with oversized breasts and are looking for a solution, book a consultation with CREO Clinic today.
Our Medical Director, Dr Omar Tillo, has an extensive profile in breast reduction surgeries and will create a bespoke treatment plan to give you the bust you desire.