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Should You Get a Breast Reduction before or after Pregnancy?4 min read

Should You Get A Breast Reduction Before Or After Pregnancy
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After years of back and neck pain, you’ve pinpointed the cause, your breasts. Now you want to solve the problem by getting breast reduction surgery. You’re ready to say goodbye to headaches and shoulder cramps and say hello to confidence and freedom!

You’re excited to schedule a consultation and plan your breast reduction surgery, but there’s one problem: you’re planning to have a family.

We’re here to help! If you’ve ever struggled with these issues, you know there are a lot of factors in deciding whether to get a breast reduction before or after pregnancy.

Let’s break down the factors together so you can make the best decision for your body and family!

What Should You Consider When Deciding the Timing for Breast Reduction?

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If you want to get breast reduction surgery, there are a lot of things to consider before setting a date for your surgery.

A breast reduction surgery, also called a mammaplasty, removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin from your chest and then carefully reshapes your breasts for a natural, smooth appearance.

Many women report benefits such as better self-image, more mobility, and less back, neck, and shoulder pain.

But if you’re planning to start a family or have more kids, you must carefully consider when to get your breast reduction done.

Most cosmetic surgeons recommend that you wait at least 3-6 months after breastfeeding to get your breast reduction done because it can damage your milk ducts. While many women do not experience this outcome, it is still a possibility that you should consider carefully.

Other factors women should consider include changes in breast size after pregnancy, the recovery time, and post-operative pain and discomfort.

You can discuss these factors with Dr. Chang at your consultation, where you and he will decide on the best timing for your breast reduction.

The Pros and Cons of Pre-Pregnancy Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery can alleviate physical discomfort associated with large breasts, such as back, neck, and shoulder pain.

By reducing breast size, individuals often experience improved self-esteem and body image, leading to a better overall quality of life.

Smaller breasts can make physical activities and exercise more manageable and enjoyable, encouraging a more active lifestyle.

With a reduced breast size, individuals may find it easier to find clothing that fits well and feels comfortable, expanding their wardrobe options.

Large breasts can increase the risk of certain pregnancy-related complications, such as mastitis or difficulty breastfeeding. Breast reduction surgery may mitigate these risks.

Breast reduction surgery can affect milk production and breastfeeding ability in some cases, potentially limiting options for feeding infants.

It’s essential to plan breast reduction surgery well in advance of pregnancy to allow for proper healing and recovery before conceiving.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause breast changes regardless of prior surgery, potentially necessitating additional procedures in the future.

Breast reduction surgery after pregnancy can address changes such as breast sagging and volume loss that occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Combining breast reduction with other post-pregnancy procedures, such as a tummy tuck, can provide comprehensive body contouring results.

Fortunately, Dr. Chang and his team can help you navigate the complex process of breast reduction planning.

How Does Pregnancy Affect Breast Reduction Results?

You might be wondering, if you do get pregnant, how will it affect your results?

The answer varies between women because each body is different, but most women experience changes to their results.

However, most women still report satisfaction with their results after pregnancy. You can always consider a breast reduction revision or breast lift to maintain your aesthetic after pregnancy.

Can Breast Reduction Impact Breastfeeding?

One of the questions women ask the most about breast reduction is about its impact on breastfeeding.

Because breast reduction surgery removes tissue from your breasts, some tissue with milk ducts could be removed, but this is not commonplace.

The majority of women can still breastfeed, but it’s important to be aware of possible surgery outcomes.

Ready to Make an Informed Decision? Schedule Your Consultation Today!

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Breast reduction surgery is a great choice for women experiencing chronic pain from enlarged breasts or suffering from low self-esteem.

If you’re ready to choose a refreshed lifestyle and explore breast reduction surgery today, Dr. Chang and his team can help you make your first steps!

Meet us at 19500 Sandridge Way, Suite 350, Leesburg, VA 20176, or call us at (703) 574-4342 for a complimentary consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang before proceeding with your procedure. If everything matches up, our team will help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end. Also, remember to check out our blog and social media for more information on cosmetic surgery trends!

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