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How Big Does Your Breast have to be for a Breast Reduction?

Breast Reduction

By Emel Gerdaneri • Medical review by Osman Kelahmetoglu, MD

How Big Does Your Breast have to be for a Breast Reduction?

The size of their breasts is a significant concern for many women. Especially after pregnancy and childbirth, you may notice that your breasts start to sag and become heavy.

Large breasts can lead to physical conditions such as chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain or skin irritations beneath the breasts. Also, having large breasts can make it difficult to find fitting clothes. 

We asked Dr. Osman Kelahmetoglu how big a patient’s breasts would have to be in order to benefit from a breast reduction surgery.
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Dr. Osman Kelahmetoglu: If you struggle in your daily activities because of your breast size and you want smaller breasts, you can be a good candidate for breast reduction.

Briefly, anyone who is over 18 years, and unhappy with the size of their breasts can get a breast reduction. 

How Many Sizes Can You Go Down In a Breast Reduction? 

breast sizeMost patients desire to reduce their breasts to around two cup sizes.

Although several factors affect the results, such as the volume and the composition of the breasts before the surgery, and the incision technique used, most women lose one or two cup sizes in a successful breast reduction surgery.

In some cases, patients can lose almost six cup sizes.

Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction

breastfeedThere are no limitations in breast reduction, and for this reason, the doctor and the patient need to plan the results of the surgery in their initial consultation.

Breasts can be reduced as much as desired with surgery. The size of the breasts to be reduced depends on the target of the surgery.

In young patients who are considering having a child in the future, milk ducts are protected on purpose in order to avoid problems during breastfeeding.

In such cases, breasts can only be reduced by one size. However, if you do not plan to breastfeed again, your breasts can be reduced to the size you want.

There may be a 1-2% chance of not being able to breastfeeding.

Planning for a Breast Reduction

breast reduction planningIf patients have had a lot of trouble because of their large breasts, they may want to reduce their breasts more than necessary.

In this case, a disproportionate and aesthetic appearance of breasts will appear. This should be explained to the patient and the appropriate size should be found.

Creating the most natural-looking and symmetrical breasts according to the body measurements of each patient is the determining factor for both patient satisfaction and the success of the surgery. 

Dr. Osman Kelahmetoğlu: ‘’I examine my patients’ physical conditions and medical history and plan a customized treatment that will reflect the best goal for each of them.’’

The patient's shoulder width and chest measurement are the criteria used to obtain the most aesthetically proportional breast.

In addition, the position of the nipple and the rate of sagging in the breast are among the other factors evaluated during surgery planning.


Written on 03/08/2022

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Last Update: 04/08/2022

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