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Can Breast Tissue Grow Back after Breast Reduction Surgery?

Undergoing any type of breast surgery is a big decision. My patients, understandably, often have several questions when they come in for a consultation, which is excellent. You need to know what your surgery entails.

One of the most common questions I receive from women who are considering a breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is: “Can my breasts grow back after a breast reduction?”.

The answer is breast regrowth after reduction surgery is possible under certain circumstances, though it’s not very common.

Will I Need A Second Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery involves removing excess fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts. You can see some before and after photos of a reduction here. My patients will undergo breast reduction for various reasons, including:

  • Chronic pain in the neck, back or shoulder
  • Restricted physical activity
  • Hard time fitting certain clothing or bras
  • Low self-confidence

We can also perform breast reduction surgery to help patients have a more proportionate silhouette. The procedure certainly helps correct those issues, and many patients say they wish they would have gotten it done earlier. This surgery has a very high satisfaction rating.

can breasts grow back after a reduction

But will you need to undergo a second breast reduction surgery at some point?

There’s always that possibility, but it doesn’t happen often. A woman’s breasts will continue to evolve over their lifetime, and, despite having a reduction surgery, the breasts may increase in size again as you get older. Here are the circumstances under which that may occur:

  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding – Both pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the size of your breasts to increase. It may be better to wait until you’ve finished having children before opting for a breast reduction.
  • Excessive Weight Gain – Generally speaking, it’s essential to maintain a healthy, stable weight, eat a well-balanced diet, and exercise regularly. Breast tissue can grow back with weight gain.
  • Menopause & Hormonal Changes – Hormonal changes, especially during menopause, can cause breasts to become bigger.
  • Adolescents and Physical Growth – While there are generally no age restrictions for breast reduction surgery, I recommend younger women and adolescent girls wait a bit longer unless it’s medically necessary. That’s because, as I mentioned earlier, the breasts are still changing and developing, and having the surgery done too soon increases the chances of having to get it done a second time.

So, can your breasts regrow after reduction?

Yes, but those changes rarely lead to a second surgery. And if they do, a wise pattern reduction can be repeated, but other types of lifts can be more difficult to repeat.

Talk To Me About Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery has a high rate of satisfaction. If you’re ready to explore your options or have more questions about breast growth after reduction surgery, contact my office and schedule a consultation.

April 18, 2019 3:22 pm
Categories: Blog, Breast

Written by Dr. Adam Tattelbaum

Dr. Adam Tattelbaum is a highly skilled and compassionate plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience.

Double-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Tattelbaum believes in providing personalized patient care and customizes his treatment plans to suit the individual.

Dr. Tattelbaum's candid and realistic approach has earned him recognition, not only with his patients but in the Top Doctor lists of the Washingtonian and Bethesda magazines. He is also a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a mark of distinction in the field of cosmetic surgery.

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