Breast Reduction Results
Breast reduction surgery can be a life-changing procedure for women living with the burden of overly large breasts. Dr. Neil Zemmel is proud to offer his expertise with this surgery to improve patients’ overall quality of life, often by alleviating associated pain as well as helping them realize their aesthetic goals. He customizes every procedure to the specific needs of each patient to ensure they achieve the most natural-looking reduction possible.
Throughout the breast reduction process – from before your surgery through the end of your recovery – our team will be in close contact with you to make sure all of your questions are answered and any concerns you have are addressed.
To get a better understanding of what to expect as you navigate through your breast reduction recovery, read about results and what to expect long-term below.
- When to See Breast Reduction Results
- Breast Reduction Revision Surgery
- Losing Weight After Breast Reduction
- Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction
When Will My Breast Reduction Results Be Apparent?
For the first couple weeks, your breasts may feel tight and appear swollen. Although every patient heals at a different pace, this typically resides very quickly after the first week. Your breasts may also be positioned higher on the chest and feel slightly firm. However, as your body continues to heal over the next few weeks, your breasts should settle into their final position and achieve a more natural contour.
Recovery typically extends over the course of several months. As your breasts gradually evolve into their final shape, you can notice a more natural-looking teardrop shape and a softer feel. In addition, breast reduction scarring from the incisions gradually becomes less noticeable. If you suffered from upper body pain caused by enlarged breasts prior to surgery, you should already be noticing relief from having the excess tissue removed.
How Soon Can I Get a Revision to My Breast Reduction Results?
Dr. Zemmel has helped many individuals who underwent breast reduction surgery from another surgeon and were not satisfied with their results. A secondary surgery can be performed to revise these initial results, helping you achieve your desired results. While a breast revision may be performed for a variety of reasons, some women choose to undergo the procedure because they want further reduction in their breast size.
In general, Dr. Zemmel advises those wanting a revision to wait at least six months before undergoing their second breast reduction. This allows the body enough time to heal before another surgery is performed. A breast reduction revision is performed in a similar way to the initial surgery. Incisions are typically placed along the existing scars, which helps minimize additional scarring. Breast tissue is removed and reshaped, while scar tissue is removed.
Although perfect results from a breast reduction cannot be guaranteed, Dr. Zemmel is experienced in performing revisional surgery, helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals that were not obtained from their previous surgeon.
How Much Weight Do You Lose After Breast Reduction?
Soon after breast reduction surgery, patients may notice their weight has decreased due to the removal of excess fatty and glandular tissue. Beyond the weight of this tissue that was removed, additional weight loss will depend on each individual and their lifestyle habits. That said, it is very common for breast reduction patients to become more active after surgery, since limited mobility from enlarged breasts is no longer a problem. As a result of this increased activity, many patients end up losing weight as they become healthier.
However, if you find you are losing a significant amount of weight and have unexplained symptoms, you may want to see your primary care doctor to schedule an evaluation, so you can rule out potential health problems that may be contributing to weight loss. In general, though, weight loss after breast reduction is often a normal side effect of enhanced mobility.
Will I Be Able to Breastfeed After Breast Reduction Surgery?
Whether a woman is able to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery cannot be predicted. This is because some individuals may naturally have difficulty producing milk, but they may not be aware of this until they have children. Dr. Zemmel has a track record of success with breast reduction patients being able to breastfeed later on. However, it is important to understand that the procedure comes with some degree of risk. During breast reduction surgery, glands can be reduced and milk ducts can be severed, limiting or preventing milk production in the future. Dr. Zemmel is meticulous in his surgical technique to ensure breast glands and milk ducts remain uninjured during surgery.
Our team will go over all associated risks of surgery with you before you procedure to ensure you can make an informed decision about your care. If you plan to breastfeed in the future, you should discuss this with Dr. Zemmel during your consultation, as he may recommend certain breast reduction techniques that carry fewer risks.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are ready to learn how breast reduction can help you obtain your desired breast appearance, please contact us to schedule your consultation. To view examples of the results you may be able to achieve from our board-certified plastic surgeon, please visit our patient gallery of breast reduction before-and-after pictures.