Can You Reduce Breast Size with Diet and Exercise?

Eating a healthy diet and regularly exercising are effective methods of losing weight, and for many women, this includes a decrease in their breast size as well. Although these lifestyle habits make a big difference for some women, others find that no matter how strict they are with their food choices and exercise regimen, they can’t seem to reduce their overly large breasts. This is due to the unique makeup of a woman’s breast.

Breasts are composed of two main types of tissues: fibrous tissue and fatty tissue. Fibrous tissue is dense and will not fluctuate with weight loss. Fatty tissue, on the other hand, may decrease as a woman loses weight. The ratio of fibrous-to-fatty tissue is different for every woman, which is why weight loss is effective for natural breast reduction in some women and not in others.

For women who are overweight, Dr. Neil Zemmel recommends adopting a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise, helping them reach a healthier weight. If the breasts are still larger than the individual feels comfortable with, he may recommend the breast reduction procedure to further decrease their breast size. Although fat removal is typically part of this process, a breast reduction is also the only way to reduce the amount of fibrous tissue present in the breasts.

If you struggle with overly large breasts and are not seeing the results you desire from diet and exercise alone, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Zemmel to learn if you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. To get started on your journey to obtaining breasts that are lighter and more proportionate to the rest of your body structure, please contact us at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery today!