Is Breast Reduction Surgery Right for You?

Many women find disproportionate or large breasts uncomfortable. They can cause chronic back pain, difficulty sleeping, and make it challenging to exercise. When your breasts feel too big for your body, you can feel out of balance, and it can be hard to find clothes that fit. A reduction in breast size can improve confidence, decrease physical discomfort, and boost emotional wellbeing. So, is breast reduction surgery right for you? Let’s find out. 

How Many Sizes Can You Go Down With Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin to create smaller breasts. During the surgery, nipples are also lifted, and the breast reshaped. You can find out more about the procedure and recovery time in this quick guide on breast reduction surgery.

One of the most common questions we hear from patients is how many cup sizes can you go down?

Several factors play a part in how many sizes you can go down. This includes how much volume you have to lose, the shape of your breasts and the technique your plastic surgeon uses. In general, you can expect to lose one or two cup sizes. 

The main reason that very large breasts can’t go down to an A or B cup is the blood supply around the nipple during surgery. If you remove too much from the breast, it could result in nipple or tissue death, and no-one wants that. The size you can go down is unique to each person, based on the amount of tissue you have. During your consultation at Harley Clinic, we will talk about everything you need to know and give you a realistic idea of what you can expect to lose. 

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The consultation room at Harley Clinic

4 Things to Know Before Breast Reduction Surgery 

If you’re considering getting breast reduction surgery, here are four things you should know before the procedure. 

You Will Need Some Downtime 

The surgery itself lasts a few hours, and typically patients go home the same day or the next morning, at the latest. You will probably feel tired and sore after the surgery. Although it’s a good idea to get up and move around regularly, you will need a few days off work to recover. 

Be Realistic About Your Results 

A good plastic surgeon will set a realistic expectation of what you can expect. Because the size you can go down to depends on your current size, composition, and goals, your plastic surgeon will determine the best plan for you. It’s unlikely that you will go from a G to an A cup. 

Your Breasts Will be Lifted Too 

During breast reduction surgery, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin, fat and tissue. As the nipple is repositioned to a higher point, naturally, your breasts will look lifted too. If you’re worried about sagging and size, you can see why a breast reduction is a popular option. 

You Should be Fit and Healthy 

Patients who are physically fit and healthy tend to recover more quickly from plastic surgery. Operating on patients who are overweight with a BMI of over 30 can carry a serious risk. Being relatively fit and healthy puts you in a good position for recovery before the surgery. 

For some people, large breasts can really impact your quality of life. Strenuous exercise and activities can prove difficult, and this may affect both your physical and mental health. Women with large breasts often experience headaches and back pain. If you’re looking to reduce your breasts’ size and boost your confidence, breast reduction surgery may be the right solution for you. 

To book a consultation today, please call 0203 582 4947 or email [email protected].

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