My 18 year old daughter had a breast reduction almost 8 weeks ago. She wore a 34E/F. She is a petite 110#. She repeatedly requested to be "as small as possible." There could not have been a misunderstanding. The plastic surgeon only took off 250 gm and 270 gms. He said he took off as much as he could to preserve her nipples. Well, she is pretty much able to fit in all her old bras and is devastated! She was hoping to have a new found freedom shopping for bras and bathing suits. Can you please tell me if anything more can be done? I am so sad that she went through the surgery and you can hardly tell a difference!
Thank you for your time.
Answer First, I am so sorry your daughter isn’t satisfied. Breast reduction surgery is probably one of the more satisfying procedures performed in the world of plastic surgery because there is often an instant sense of relief and a new found ability to do activities that were limited before. For a frame of reference, insurance companies often require 500 grams to be removed per side in order to qualify for financial coverage. Of course there are other requirements depending on the plan such as body surface area or BMI cut-offs, attempts at other methods of relief, etc. This doesn’t necessarily mean that every patient needs 500 grams removed per breast, but I only share that again as a frame of reference. Every individual patient is different and I often have involved conversations with my patient to try to understand her goals. For example, once I get a ballpark idea of the desired size I ask patients “Would you rather wake up and feel too big or too small?” That helps me understand where we’re going. Preserving the blood supply to the nipple is, of course, important. I talk to my patients, even large-breasted patients, about attempting to preserve the nipple on a pedicle and that if for some reason the blood supply is compromised during surgery, I remove the nipple and replace it similar to a skin graft to allow it to live. In the aforementioned scenario, sensation and the ability to breast feed is lost, but the aesthetics are salvaged. This type of “plan B” is performed very, very rarely. If your daughter would like to be smaller, she can certainly have the breast reduction surgery repeated. I would recommend waiting at least 3 months to allow for healing, and I would also recommend her new surgeon have the operative notes from her previous surgeon so he/she knows exactly what type of procedure was performed. Best of luck!
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