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Can My Breasts Get Bigger After A Breast Reduction?

Can My Breasts Get Bigger After A Breast Reduction?

After taking action to achieve your desired breast size through breast reduction surgery, you want to make sure that the results will be long lasting. Breast reduction surgery requires a person to be within about 10lbs of their goal weight for several months, which can take some time and effort before the surgery. After a person has put in this effort and undergone the healing process, they want to know they can maintain the results for years to come. Although rare, breasts can grow larger after breast reduction surgery. Several factors change the growth and development of the body. Life changes, such as pregnancy and menopause, hormone fluctuations, and weight gain can all increase the size of breasts.

What Might Cause Breasts To Get Bigger After Breast Reduction Surgery?

Pregnancy. If a woman becomes pregnant her breasts will often become larger both during pregnancy and during breastfeeding. For a woman who has already had a breast reduction, this may return her breasts to the size they were pre-surgery. While the breasts should decrease in size after pregnancy and breastfeeding are complete, the result of the surgery may be compromised and the breasts will likely not reduce to the desired size.

Weight Fluctuation. After having a breast reduction, the breasts can still change as your body changes. When a person gains weight, some of that weight will naturally develop in the breasts and increase their size. To help avoid this, try to live a healthy life with a balanced diet, exercise, and reduced stress. Of course, those are not the only aspects of weight. Some medications or medical conditions, for example, may cause weight gain that may be unavoidable.

Hormone Changes. Hormones affect how the body grows and develops throughout all periods of our life. Because of this, the body often goes through major changes during periods of large hormonal changes, such as puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. While puberty likely is not an issue for breast reductions, as it is recommended to wait until the breasts have finished growing before having a breast reduction, other periods of hormone fluctuation can cause issues. Some women choose to wait until they have finished menopause before getting their breast reduction, but for many women, that is too long to wait. If you do have breast reduction surgery before menopause, know that it is a possibility that your breasts will grow and/or sag after menopause. Hormones can also be influenced by lifestyle, with an unhealthy diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, caffeine consumption, stress, and a lack of sleep all impacting hormone production in the body. Incorporating good habits that contribute to a healthier overall lifestyle will help to ensure that your breasts remain the same size.

Breast Reduction Surgery At Peterson MD In Kelowna

For top quality results, have your breast reduction when your weight and hormones are relatively steady for about 6 months before your surgery and have a highly-skilled surgeon perform your breast reduction. If you are ready for breast reduction surgery contact Peterson MD in Kelowna. Dr. Brian Peterson is a board certified plastic surgeon and a member in good standing of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Peterson is dedicated to excellence in plastic surgery and is a highly sought after plastic surgeon in the Okanagan. To schedule a consultation with Peterson MD, call 1-250-868-9099 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: What is the timeline for healing from breast reduction surgery?
A: Days 1-4 you will need help from someone to help you get home and go to the washroom. Week 1 you will begin to feel your energy come back and can get around more easily. By week 6, you should be fully recovered and should be able to lift your arms high and lift heavier objects.

Q: How substantial are regular breast reductions?
A: Most breast reductions result in a size decrease of one to two cup sizes. However, breast reductions can result in a decrease of as little as half a cup size or as significant as your body will allow. Speak to your Okanagan plastic surgeon about your exact goals for your procedure.

Q: How do I know if I should get a breast lift with my breast reduction?
A: The best way to know which procedure is right for you is by discussing what you want with Dr. Peterson and getting his expert opinion. Schedule a free consultation with Peterson MD by calling 1-205-868-9099, or by filling out the contact form.

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