Will Your Breasts Grow Back After Reduction Surgery?

Many women suffer from the physical and emotional strain of having overly large breasts. A great number of these women are turning to breast reduction surgery at my Boston plastic surgery practice for relief. Breast reductions are steadily rising in popularity as more and more women choose to make their breasts smaller and more manageable. If you have ever had a breast reduction or are considering having one, you know that the surgery is long, complex, and can take a toll on your body during recovery. The end result is totally worth it, but is there a chance that it can be undone? Can your breasts grow back to their previous size after you’ve gone through the surgery?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. There is a possibility that your breasts will return to their previous size even after they’ve been reduced. The good news is that this is a rare occurrence among patients and can be prevented in most cases.

What Would Cause My Breasts to Regrow?

Any major changes in your body have the potential to influence the tissue in your breasts and cause it to grow again. Breast tissue is especially affected by the endocrine system and grows in response to changes in your hormone production. In fact, hormones pretty much run the show when it comes to your body’s growth and development. They’re present during puberty, pregnancy, weight changes, menopause, and even certain illnesses.

Your breasts can also grow back as a result of unhealthy habits, such as poor diet and exercise, and certain medications are known to affect the way your body produces hormones and its response to the production.

What Can I Do to Prevent Regrowth?

The best way to keep your smaller breasts at their new size is to take care of yourself and listen to your body. Eating right, exercising, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of sleep are ways to keep your body healthy and your hormones in balance. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you’ll be able to keep your breasts at their reduced size and be better equipped to counteract any changes brought on by major life events.

Timing is also something to consider if you are planning on having breast reduction surgery. Women from their teenage years to the post-menopausal stage are able to have the surgery. However, you should take into account how your body will change over the years and how your breasts could be affected. For example, if you were to have breast reduction surgery at 19, then go to college and put on the “Freshman 15,” and later start a family through pregnancy, your breasts could be returned to their previous size before you realize what’s happening. The same could occur if you have already had children, get the surgery, and then become unexpectedly pregnant again. Obviously, it is very difficult to prepare for every scenario in life and some situations that could promote breast regrowth are unavoidable. That’s why taking care of yourself and communicating with your surgeon are important.

Honestly, it’s unlikely that you’ll have to worry about breast regrowth because this is something that doesn’t happen often. That being said, it’s still important for you to be aware of the possibility so that you can talk with your surgeon and take steps to keep your reduction surgery results.

Breast Reduction Surgery From Dr. Davidson

Dr. Christopher Davidson has been a plastic surgeon for over 10 years and is one of the best breast surgeons in the Boston area, serving Wellesley, MA and the western suburbs of Boston. If you would like to schedule a consultation for breast reduction surgery with Dr. Davidson, call his office at (781) 237-7700 or request a consultation for further information.

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