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How Much Weight is Removed in Breast Reduction?

how much weight is removed in breast reduction

Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)

How much weight a breast reduction surgery removes depends greatly on the size of the reduction; patients in need of a larger reduction will lose a greater quantity of breast tissue, fat, and skin.

However, in general, the amount of weight removed falls between 2-8 pounds (0.9-3.6 kg).

Weight Loss From Breast Reduction

It is advisable to begin losing weight before your breast reduction surgery, and this will aid the healing process. With the help of a nutritionist, you can begin to have healthier eating habits and a more balanced diet in the lead-up to your surgery.

A breast reduction can have a whole host of important benefits, drastically improving the shape and size of your breasts and creating balance and proportion that helps to reduce physical discomfort. 

This new body shape can open up the possibility of a much more active lifestyle post-operation, which may lead to further weight loss.

Benefits of Losing Weight Off the Chest

Reducing the weight you carry on your chest can offer a multitude of not only physical advantages but aesthetic ones, also. The reduction can boost confidence in your physique and help you feel more comfortable wearing form-fitting clothing.

Back Pain

Given that large breasts can weigh over 3 kg each, it’s not surprising that the weight can cause pressure on the spine for women with disproportionately large breasts.

The extra weight of overly large breasts can lead to a curvature of the spine, requiring the stabilising muscles around it to work harder than normal. The combination of the curvature and extra muscular work may result in troubling neck, shoulder, and lower back pain. 

A reduction can help alleviate lower back pain and other pains around the spine by reducing the forward pressure brought on by excess breast weight.

Posture

Heavy breasts can pull your chest down toward the ground, causing aches and pains in your back. 

A reduction procedure is able to ease the significant strain bigger breasts place on the shoulders, lessening hunching and allowing you to stand straight with your shoulders set back.

Clothing Comfort

An important positive effect of breast reduction is how it can improve the fit of your clothing, lowering the chances of chafing, skin irritations such as intertrigo, and boosting your confidence in the way clothes look and feel.

How Many Cup Sizes Can You Lose During Breast Reduction?

The size of a reduction will depend on the patient’s preference, and this should be decided in collaboration with an experienced specialist surgeon. It is a decision that requires careful consideration and should work towards maximising potential physical and aesthetic benefits while retaining a natural-looking, proportionate figure.

Do Breasts Grow Back After Reduction?

On very rare occasions, it is possible that your breasts may return to their previous size after a reduction. Age, the use of contraceptive pills, and pregnancy are some factors that are likely to affect regrowth.

It is important to discuss the possibility of breast regrowth with your surgeon during the planning stages so as to be as informed as possible about what changes you can expect and how to get the most out of your surgery.

Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today

Should you be interested in finding out more about breast reduction surgery, book a consultation with Dr. Omar Tillo, our expert breast reduction surgeon. He’ll happily answer any of your breast reduction questions.

Dr. Tillo will use his advanced clinical expertise and experience in breast reduction to collaborate with you on a bespoke treatment plan designed specifically to your needs.

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