How Many Sizes Can You Lose with a Breast Reduction?


Heavy breasts can sometimes interfere with daily activities and cause pain and discomfort. Today, many women undergo breast reduction surgery to have better-shaped and lighter boobs and to eliminate the health problems caused by their large breasts. If you wonder how much weight you will lose after breast reduction and what will be your breast size after this surgery, read this article. 

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is an operation that involves the removal of skin and breast tissues to decrease the cup size. In this surgery, the breasts get smaller, reshaped, and lifted to give your body a better appearance. People undergo reduction mammaplasty due to various reasons, the most important of which include:

  • Chronic pain in neck, back, and shoulders;
  • Difficulty in breathing because the breasts apply pressure on ribs and diaphragm;
  • Poor posture as the heavy breasts have curved the spinal;
  • Low self-confidence as they receive unwanted attention;
  • Rash or infection under the breasts as the bacteria grow in moist and warm places such as the one under the large breasts;
  • Numbness in arms, fingers, or hands as the heavy breasts block the nerves’ passageways; and
  • Trouble in losing weight with exercising.


How Does a Surgeon Decide What Size You Should Be?

An experienced plastic surgeon considers all aspects of your body before choosing your post-operative breast shape and size. Some of the factors that should be considered for choosing breast size include the following:

Your posture: the surgeon first examines your standing and sitting postures. If you have severe spinal deformities, more tissues should be removed from your breast, and your post-operative size will be much smaller.

Your overall body shape: the surgeon decides your breast size based on your overall body structure. If you have a small frame, the size of your breasts after the surgery will be much smaller than now. 

Your overall body shape


Your comfort: for most surgeons, eliminating your pain is the priority.

Scarring location: an experienced surgeon will choose a breast size with minor scarring.

Projection of your breasts: if you prefer cleavage, the surgeon will choose a breast size that still reveals it. 

Does Breast Reduction Make You Look Thinner?

Many women with large breasts are not overweight. Hormonal changes, genetics, certain medications, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can result in large and painful breasts. Therefore, getting a breast reduction seems like you’ve lost a lot of weight, even though you haven’t. Many women with smaller frames who have undergone reduced mammaplasty say they look thinner and taller after the surgery. So, if you have a slim waist and flat stomach but large breasts, you can get a much better result from reduction mammaplasty.

Does Breast Reduction Make You Look Thinner?

How Small Can a Breast Reduction Go?

In the consultation session, the surgeon discusses how small your breasts can go during the surgery. However, factors such as the number of breast tissues, volume of fat, location of milk ducts, blood supplies to support nipple function, and your general health can affect the extent of the surgery. The surgeon will generally make your breasts as small as you like, but you should have realistic expectations from the surgery and choose a natural and proportionate size.

Will I Lose Weight After a Breast Reduction?

Although breasts weigh a few pounds and only 100 to 300 grams of them will be removed during the breast reduction surgery, you will lose a lot of weight after the operation as you can exercise more and better. The weight you lose after a breast reduction surgery depends on the cause of your obesity, how much tissue and fat are removed from your breasts, and how well you try to maintain a healthy lifestyle following the operation. The more you engage in physical activities, the better your body and breasts will look after the breast reduction surgery.

Will I Lose Weight After a Breast Reduction?

Should I Lose Weight Before Reduction Mammaplasty?

Most surgeons recommend losing weight before reduction mammaplasty because if you lose some pounds after the surgery, your breast may look smaller than you’ve wanted, and your skin may get loose and saggy. Therefore, achieving your desired weight and maintaining it for a couple of months is suggested before getting a breast reduction.

Can I Choose My Breast Size Before Breast Reduction?

In the consultation session, the doctor first examines your body and then describes the surgery's procedure, side effects, and results to you. In this appointment, you can discuss your expectations with the surgeon and together, you will find a size that is appropriate for you and your body. 

Will My Breasts Grow Back After Reduction Mammaplasty? 

Usually, the results of reduction mammaplasty are life-long, but in rare cases, the breasts can get large again. Factors such as getting pregnant, breastfeeding, breast reduction at a very young age, severe hormonal changes, taking certain medications, gaining weight, and not being physical can affect the results of your surgery and make your breasts grow back. So, if you plan to have a baby in the future or have to take hormonal medications regularly, discuss it with your doctor before getting a breast reduction.

Fortunately, you can prevent new breast tissues from forming by having a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a balanced diet. Also, drinking plenty of water and doing chest exercises will keep your breasts in shape forever.  

Will My Breasts Grow Back After Reduction Mammaplasty?

FAQs about Breast Size after Breast Reduction Surgery

What would be my cup size after breast reduction?

It is tough to predict the bra size after breast reduction, but your breasts will probably be one to three cup sizes smaller.  

What is the age limit for getting a breast reduction?

While there is no age limit for getting a breast reduction, it is recommended to postpone it until your breast is fully grown. If you get reduced mammaplasty at a very young age, your breast will grow as you age.

How long after breast reduction will I know my size?

The final shape and size of the breast will be apparent six months after breast reduction surgery.

Can I get breast reduction with other plastic surgeries?

You can get breast reduction with breast lifting, liposuction, and tummy tuck to have a better result from your plastic surgery.

Do they lift my breasts during the breast reduction surgery?

If your initial breast size is large and too much fat, skin, and tissues are removed from your breasts, your surgeon probably lifts your breasts and repositions your nipple to give a better look to your boobs.

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