Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
Having oversized breasts can be extremely troublesome and inhibiting in daily tasks. Due to the cosmetic and medical issues they can cause, you may wish to reduce their size.
In this article, we will break down how you can reduce your cup size from a D to a more manageable B-size. There are home remedies as well as breast reduction surgery, giving you a range of choices to solve your issue.
Go on a Diet
A reduction in your overall body fat can reduce your chest fat and strengthen the muscles beneath the breasts. A diet can help achieve this, as the body can only burn fat if it’s in a calorie deficit. Increasing your vegetable and protein intake is a good way to improve your diet as you can consume more to satisfy your appetite, but the calories stay low.
You may also consider working with a nutritionist who can help you design a tailored meal plan and weight loss programme. After following a diet, you may see your breast size decrease alongside your overall mass.
Lose Fat with Exercise
Consistent exercise is also key to increasing your metabolism and burning fat. It is recommended to exercise for at least 30 minutes, four times a week, to see a change in your shape.
Individuals may engage in aerobic or anaerobic exercise to keep active, though anaerobic exercise such as weightlifting and HIIT are proven to burn more fat since it burns the body’s stored glucose for energy as opposed to oxygen.
Stop Taking Birth Control
Birth control pills are known to cause hormonal imbalances in the body, which can cause the breasts to grow larger than normal. In some cases, stopping this medication can make the breasts revert to their original size.
If you have been on birth control and struggle with enlarged breasts, you may consider consulting with a doctor to assess different non-hormonal contraceptives.
Wear a Minimizer Bra
Minimizer bras evenly distribute your breast tissue to make them appear smaller and less prominent. This is a good solution to temporarily make the breasts smaller when you are out and to make clothes fit better. Notably, minimiser bras are made of soft, light material making the results look natural underneath clothing.
Opt for Breast Reduction Surgery
The other option for permanently reducing your cup size from a D to a B is to get a breast reduction. The surgery decreases your cup size through the removal of excess tissue, fat, and skin. Breast reduction is a popular surgery undertaken by many people due to its aesthetic and functional benefits.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
There is a myriad of benefits of breast reduction surgery that can be life-changing for patients:
- Alleviate symptoms of chronic pain, including back and neck pain
- Improved sleep by being able to sleep on your side and front
- Reduced chafing and rashes
- More options for clothing
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
Generally, in London, at the CREO Clinic, the cost of breast reduction surgery starts at £8,900. Breast reduction varies in complexity due to each patient’s unique surgical needs, and therefore the exact cost of the surgery can only be calculated after a consultation when your bespoke treatment plan is designed.
What is the Procedure for Breast Reduction?
There are three techniques to complete breast reduction surgery depending on the patient’s particular needs.
- A circular incision is made around the areola, which is best for a small reduction in size.
- A lollipop incision makes an additional incision from the base of the areola to the crease of the breast and makes a more significant reduction.
- An anchor incision also makes an incision along the crease, which is ideal for significant drooping and asymmetrical breasts.
After the appropriate incision(s) are made, the surgeon will remove any excess tissue and skin to reshape the breasts. Then, all incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.
When Can You See Breast Reduction Results?
You will immediately be able to notice that your breasts have decreased in size. However, until all residual swelling has dissipated, the breasts may look slightly perkier and bigger than expected. This will pass after 6 to 12 months, after which the full results of your surgery will be visible.
How Long is Breast Reduction Recovery?
It is normal to experience tenderness and discomfort in the chest area immediately after surgery. This will slowly dissipate over the course of 2-3 weeks, after which you should be able to resume most of your daily routine. However, you are advised to avoid any strenuous exercise for six weeks in order to avoid strain on the incision sites.
It is also recommended to lose weight before the surgery due to its positive impact on recovery.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
If you are interested in dropping cup sizes to address aesthetic or functional concerns, book a breast reduction consultation with CREO Clinic today.
Our medical director, Dr. Omar Tillo, is a double-board certified surgeon and a specialist in breast reduction surgery. He will be able to work with you to design a unique plan to achieve the most natural-looking and satisfying results for you.