Breast Reduction FAQs
Question: Will my breasts be lifted during breast reduction surgery?
Answer: Yes. A central feature of breast reduction surgery is lifting the breast tissue upward. Over time, the nipple will maintain its higher position.
Question: Will my breasts always be the same size once I have a breast reduction?
Answer: Following breast reduction surgery, your breasts may continue to change size as triggered by weight changes or by female hormone levels.
Question: I’m a smoker. Will this cause any problems?
Answer: Yes. Nicotine use of any type will cause the tiny, fragile blood vessels in the skin to constrict, cutting off valuable nutrition in the skin, possibly resulting in death of skin or nipple. Nicotine use of any kind must be stopped at least 8 weeks prior to breast reduction surgery.
Question: Will I lose any nipple sensation once I have mammoplasty surgery?
Answer: Some patients lose nipple sensation. Thankfully, most will preserve it. This will also be discussed at a consultation with your doctor.
Question: I want to be able to breast feed. Will this cosmetic surgery prevent me from doing that?
Answer: Although not all women can breast feed, regardless of having surgery, the majority of women are still able to breast feed after having breast reduction surgery. If, however, the technique referred to as “free nipple grafting” is required (uncommon), there will be a loss in the ability to breast feed. This will be discussed at a consultation with your doctor.
Question: Will breast reduction surgery increase my risk of breast cancer?
Answer: No. On the contrary. There is evidence to suggest that one’s risk of breast cancer development may actually be reduced by undergoing breast reduction surgery.
Question: Will mammoplasty surgery interfere with future mammograms?
Answer: There will be changes in the appearance of your breast on a mammogram following surgery. Typically these changes do not interfere with the ability to detect cancer.
Question: How long will my recovery be?
Answer: Although people vary in their general health, healing abilities and pain thresholds, the majority describe pain requiring medication for 1-2 weeks. Swelling for 6-8 weeks is common, but it is very possible for you to return to normal activities and work within 1 week following breast reduction surgery.
Question: How do I know what size my breasts will be once I’ve had breast reduction surgery?
Answer: It is important to share and discuss with your surgeon what your size targets are. Although we cannot guarantee a specific bra size result, any requests and desires you can share with us before breast reduction will be very helpful.