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Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction

By Dr. Constance M. Chen — Every year, about 40,000 women in the United States undergo surgery to reduce the size of their breasts. Breast reduction, one of the most frequently performed plastic surgeries and among those with the highest rates of patient satisfaction, is performed for both aesthetic and medical reasons. Women with disproportionately large, heavy breasts find them cumbersome to manage, have difficulty finding clothes that fit well and are flattering, and suffer from a wide range of physical discomforts, including chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain, and rashes. “Breast reduction surgery provides high levels of relief along with improved psychological and physical well-being,” says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. “For most women of childbearing age, there is no sacrifice of their future ability to breastfeed. Modern breast reduction techniques preserve the breast’s lactation-related structures, and make it possible for most women to successfully breastfeed their babies after reduction surgery.” Click HERE for the full article.

Many of our patients have volunteered to speak with other women who may have questions about what it is like to go through restorative breast and body surgery. If you would like to speak with someone who has already gone through the process, please contact us and we will find a “buddy” for you.


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