Do Breast Reduction Results Last and Look Good Years Later? See for Yourself!

Posted May 27, 2014 by Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS

One of our Parker Center breast reduction patients recently came in for a visit—6 years after her surgery with Dr. Parker. Below are photos of her before surgery, a few months after breast reduction, and 6 years later. As you can see, her breast shape hasn’t changed much at all over the years; if anything, her results look better now, as her scars have faded and are barely perceptible.

Breast Lift Surgery Creates Lasting Results

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before                        after 6 months                  after 5 years

So what makes breast reduction results last? First of all, your breasts won’t just be smaller, they’ll also be lighter. All that excess breast tissue and fat will be gone, so there’s less weight stressing the skin. In addition, today’s breast reduction techniques involve using internal sutures to support your new breast shape from the inside. To be sure you benefit from the most advanced techniques, choosing an experienced, skilled plastic surgeon is a must.

Breast reduction results continue to improve during the first year or so after surgery. Of course you’ll notice a positive difference right away—breast reduction provides immediate relief from back, neck, and shoulder pain. While most post-operative swelling is gone after 2 to 4 weeks, know that it’s common for each breast to heal at a slightly different rate. Patience is key, as is following your surgeon’s instructions regarding activity and scar care. For most patients, scars have faded significantly by the end of the first year.

A few things to keep in mind: while breast reduction is considered a long-lasting way to get smaller, shapelier breasts, pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations can affect the appearance of your breasts. It’s also important to wear a supportive bra during activity, to reduce stress on breast skin that could lead to premature sagging. And of course, nothing can stop the normal aging process.

If you’re thinking about having a breast reduction, contact us! We’ll be happy to discuss your options at a with Dr. Parker. You’ll even get to see realistic 3D images of what you might look like after breast reduction—and for years to come.

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