How big do breasts need to be for reduction?
The difficulty in obtaining accurate and reproducible measurements of the female breast arises from its diversity of size and shape. The lack of a standardized protocol for measurement of the breast has made it difficult to assess post-operative results objectively. A method that allows for reliable estimation of breast size would be beneficial in procedures such as reduction mammoplasty.
Historically, breast volume has been measured using a number of techniques. These include water displacement, casting, biostereometric analysis using wide-angle stereometric cameras, and direct measurement using various devices, recently three-dimensional imaging has been used to calculate breast volume. However, none of the methods has attracted enough popularity for routine use in a clinical setting.
The most common method of describing breast size, however, relies on the conventional brassiere sizing system. It has the advantage of being easily obtainable and readily understood by patients. The shortcomings of this system are well documented.
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What cup size will I have after a breast reduction?
It is impossible to tell you exactly what bra cup size you will be after breast reduction surgery. First of all, all bras fit different, and there is no standardization of bra sizes among bra manufacturers. In addition, many large breasted women fit their larger breasts into smaller bra sizes which may offer more support and concealment of their breasts. If you are broad and wide, you will still fit into large bra sizes as your chest circumference and breast width do not change after breast reduction. Also, we must preserve a certain amount of tissue during surgery so that the overlying breast skin and nipple heal properly with enough blood supply. Breast reduction surgery has a very high satisfaction rate; results are dramatic and you will be smaller. You cannot judge the success of the operation on your final bra cup size.
How long after breast reduction will I know my size?
Most of patients have to wait and see how things will settle down. Give it 6 months and then if patient feel that they are too small an implant might be able to be added.
Cup size after breast reduction depends on how much breast tissue to be removed. You might not be able to get the exact cup size you want.
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How many cup sizes can you go down in a breast reduction?
How much your breasts can be reduced depends on your size, breast composition and goals. During your consultation, your plastic surgeons will help you determine the best plan. Most breast reduction patients go down one to two cup sizes.
How many grams is a breast cup size?
A cup size is around 200 grams.
Do breasts grow back after reduction?
Breast regrowth is rare but possible, most patients have a permanent reduction of breast size after surgery. Although not common, on occasion breast tissue can grow back after breast reduction.
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