Breast reduction surgery is not to be taken lightly. Before you have the procedure, you should speak with your doctor about all the potential complications, including some that are not even known or revealed by doctors or surgeons. They may tell you what they think “the worst” side effects of breast reduction surgery would be, but there may be other things that could happen related to the way they perform the procedure.
Breast Reduction One Year Later
After Breast Reduction Surgery: How to Keep Those Girls at Attention
You did it: you finally got that breast reduction you’ve been wanting, you made it through the first months of recovery, and now you are enjoying the results. Like many of our patients, you may even be thinking, “I should have done this years ago.” You can now look forward to all the new clothes you can buy (including strapless tops) and to the activities you previously avoided (like running). But the most important thing to think about now is how to keep your fabulous results fabulous for years to come.
There is no expiration date on the results of breast reduction surgery, but as part of a living, breathing body, breasts change over time. Because your breasts are lighter than they were before surgery, they will sag far less than they would have, but age and the effects of gravity can’t be avoided completely. Even so, you can take steps to keep your breasts looking as good as they can for as long as they can.
Follow doctor’s orders: first 18 months
During the first days, weeks, and months after surgery, it is critical that you follow doctors orders to avoid infection and injury. This also sets you up for the best possible results. Even when the incisions have healed and you have returned to work, you will remain under your doctor’s care. That’s because your body will continue to heal for up to 18 months after surgery.
Scars will fade and flatten over time. You can help this along by using any creams or silicone strips that your doctors has recommended.
Ease into exercise
Make sure you get clearance from your surgeon before returning to weight training and high impact exercise. These activities can put a lot of stress on healing tissue, so wait till your doctor says you are ready.
Beware of underwires
Though breast reductions come with a variety of incision types, you will likely have some healing tissue underneath your breasts. Underwire bras, if worn too soon, can irritate that healing tissue. Underwires can become a part of your future if you want them too, but make sure you clear them with your doctor.
Take Care of Your Health
Your breasts don’t stand alone – they are part of your body. So anything that affects your overall health can affect them, too.
We’ve all heard about the many dangers of smoking – it increases the risk of heart disease and causes lung cancer. That alone should be reason enough to avoid it. But smoking also ages our skin and impairs wound healing. Do yourself a favor and quit this habit before it damages your beautiful surgical results.
Few things affect our bodies like the food we consume day in and day out. Choose to eat healthy whole foods that have been minimally processed – brightly colored fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and modest amounts of healthy proteins and fats. Pro tip: if it comes in a package or has ingredients you can’t pronounce, eat it sparingly.
Exercise for health and fitness
The benefits of exercise are impossible to ignore – it helps keep your body healthy, strong, and young. This is good for your overall health, including your breasts (just be sure to wear a supportive bra that fits well when you exercise). However, it is not possible to “spot tone” your breasts. The pectoral muscles that lie beneath the breasts can keep the chest strong and affect the overall look of your chest. However, strong pecs won’t directly affect the breast tissue itself so they don’t prevent sagging.
Take Care of Your Skin
Preventing wrinkles and maintaining skin’s elasticity help keep that youthful glow and make great surgical results appear even better.
As tempting as it may seem to try to get a tan “safely” – either in the sun or a tanning bed – it is simply not a good idea if you want to postpone wrinkled, saggy skin for as long as possible. The sun’s rays can also cause skin cancer. Just say “No!” to tanning!
Even the most careful among us can’t avoid the sun’s damaging rays all the time. This is why it’s important to wear sunscreen regularly. Make it a part of your daily routine to apply sunscreen to your face and chest, as these areas are often exposed to damaging UVA and UVB rays when we aren’t even aware of it. And when you spent time outdoors, use an all over sunscreen to keep your skin safe.
Avoid pregnancy or fluctuations in weight
Pregnancy and significant changes in weight both cause stretching of the skin that can change your breasts over time. For the longest lasting results, try to be at a steady weight and have completed your family before opting for breast reduction surgery.
Finally, if something doesn’t seem right with your breasts, contact your surgeon. It’s also important to have realistic expectations. Know that your breasts will continue to age – right along with the rest of your body – even after surgery.
Even so, your breasts will be smaller and in a better position. They won’t sag as they would without the surgery. If your breasts have been interfering with your life, this surgery can change that for you.
What to Expect 1 Year After Breast Reduction Surgery
Happy Anniversary to my boobs! I can’t believe it’s been a year since my breast reduction surgery. Last year, I made the decision to undergo the surgery after years of trying to naturally reduce my back-aching, large breasts. I shared my journey with the world and was wowed by the amount of love and support I received. So many women who’ve dealt with issues, both physically and emotionally, concerning their breasts reached out to me to share their stories. Because of how much my story helped other women, I wanted to do a quick 1-year update discussing all post-surgery changes, thoughts, and of course, bra size.
What to Expect 1 Year Post-Breast Reduction
If you followed my breast reduction journey last year, you know that for a few months post-op, your breasts will look super fake. This was fun for a while. I never had to wear a bra and I had perfect celebrity cleavage for plunging necklines (full disclosure: I don’t own anything with a plunging neckline, so what I’m actually talking about is me wearing an old oversized tank top that I pulled down into plunging neckline in front of the mirror.) But alas, “perfect” boobs don’t last forever.
Shape: The shape of my breasts definitely changed over time. It went from round, fake-ish looking boobs to now fuller, more settled looking boobs.
Sensation: There is no universal experience when it comes to maintaining sensation in your nipples/breasts. Some women lose sensation after surgery and then get it back within a year or later. Some women don’t get back their sensation at all. And other women, like me, actually never lose sensation.
Bra size: After a breast reduction, you are advised to wear a surgical bra for at least a month, then transition to wire-free sports bras. My doctor told me I could start wearing underwire three months post-op, but in reality that just wasn’t the case for me. Underwires felt so uncomfortable, so I actually didn’t start wearing underwire until about 8 months after surgery. Now, a year later, I wear both wireless (something I NEVER thought I’d be able to do when I had 34HH boobs) and underwire.
Bra shopping: If you’re a frugal shopper like me, I recommend buying modestly priced bras for the first year after surgery because your size may keep changing — especially if you are prone to weight gain. I just recently bought my first high-quality bra because I finally have a set size. (Note: bra shopping is still annoying even with smaller boobs.)
New Figure: Once you get a breast reduction, you’ll be surprised by your new figure. You’ll either see yourself smaller or bigger, in any case you’ll have a new look. Your clothes will fit differently and you’ll probably start to rethink your entire wardrobe. For me, I was thrilled to be able to wear v-neck tees without my boobs pouring out. But on the flip side, I hated that my smaller boobs now exposed my round tummy in tight dresses. My bigger boobs were my gut guard! It takes some getting used to, but an upgraded wardrobe and maybe even a little exercise to smooth out a problem area (if it is a problem for you) can help you adjust to the new you.
Scars: I made a YouTube video about all things breast reduction and I spoke a little bit about scar treatment. I started using silicone strips almost immediately after surgery but I found them to be impractical. I had to apply these sticker to my boobs day and night, washing them in-between wears. I couldn’t deal, so I moved on to ScarAway gel which was more convenient. I have to admit, after 3 months of using both strips and gel, I didn’t see the amazing results I saw in reviews. I eventually started to slack on my scar regimen. But I’m back on track now. I’ve been using Mederma for a month now. Let see what happens.
Back Pain: Having such heavy large breasts caused me to have severe lower back pain. The surgery certainly helped relieve the pain and pressure, but due to the many years of this issue I still get some flare ups every now and then. Breast reduction surgery will help fix back pain significantly but it may not get rid of the pain completely. Seeing a chiropractor, stretching, and doing yoga has definitely helps me maintain a pain-free back.
Thoughts: It’s one year later and I am so happy I had my breast reduction. Besides the positive effects it has had on my health, I love the fact that I did something so bold for myself. It’s not easy opting to go under the knife, especially when the world tells you not to (based on shallow opinions). Like many other women who have chosen breast reduction, I am proud of my choice and I recommend it to anyone considering it. Make sure you are doing it for you and no one else.