Does Pregnancy Affect Breast Reduction?

Many women discover that their overly large breasts cause physical and emotional insecurities, low self-esteem, constant back and neck pain, and the inability to find clothing that fits. Breast reduction is an option for women whose breasts are negatively impacting their quality of life. Breast reduction removes excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breasts, which leaves the patient with a well-balanced and aesthetically pleasing physique. Although large breasts may not become bothersome to a woman until after she’s already had her children, other women struggle with the size and side effects of their large breasts from a young age, and they may desire breast reduction before pregnancy. While every woman’s body will respond differently to pregnancy, there is a chance that getting pregnant will negatively impact the quality of results achieved from breast reduction surgery.

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Should You Wait?

Most doctors generally recommend that women postpone any breast surgery (whether it is a breast reduction, augmentation, or lift) until after they have finished having children. This is because pregnancy will affect the breasts more than any other life event. Once a woman’s body begins producing milk during pregnancy, her breasts will grow, regardless of whether or not she’s had prior surgery. The amount that the breasts enlarge varies from woman to woman. Some women experience hardly any growth, while others can see an enlargement of two to three cup sizes. And while breasts will stop growing and generally return to their original size after milk production has finished, the shape of the breasts might be permanently altered: excess skin may be present, breasts may deflate and sag, and noticeable breast asymmetry may develop. These changes can occur in any woman, including those who have already put the time, effort, and money into a breast reduction. Breast reduction surgery will not affect your pregnancy, and you will more than likely still be able to breastfeed after a reduction procedure; however, pregnancy can alter your results, and a further reduction, lift, or augmentation may be desired to erase the breast changes that pregnancy brings.

How Will It Affect Your Life?

This being said, waiting for breast reduction surgery until after pregnancy is a recommendation, not a requirement. Women choose to undergo breast reduction surgery because of the embarrassment they feel, the discomfort they suffer through, and the inability for them to participate in the activities they love. Breast reduction surgery has some of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any other cosmetic surgery because it is a procedure that can restore and enhance a woman’s quality of life. This happiness shouldn’t have to be postponed just because a woman is afraid of what pregnancy will do to her breasts. A vast majority of women are still happy with their results even after childbirth, as it is very unlikely that your breasts will revert to their pre-surgery size or shape. It is recommended, however, that women wait at least three months after they’ve had a breast reduction to get pregnant, as it is best to ensure that all healing and recovery from the surgery has completed.

If you are interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery, contact Dr. Alex Mesbahi today by calling 703-287-8277.


As humans, we find symmetry to be quite attractive. Symmetry and balance symbolize both beauty and equity that we find mesmerizing, satisfying, and calming. When things that are “supposed” to be symmetrical are not, it can make you feel uneasy, uncomfortable, dissatisfied, or otherwise at odds with the subject. Breast asymmetry is a classic example. If you have breast asymmetry and it has led to anxiety and/or poor self-image, the following breast surgeries can enhance your breast appearance, restore balance, and boost your self-confidence.

Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Before and After PhotosIf your breasts are different in size or volume, breast augmentation can enhance their appearance. A silicone or saline-filled implant can be inserted into your smaller breast to increase its size so that it matches the size of your other breast. Receiving breast implants in both breasts may be recommended to achieve even more balanced results in which the breasts are not only the same size but also the same shape and feel. You can get implants of different sizes so that the final result is an even bust line. Breast augmentation may be recommended for women whose breasts are naturally small or have lost volume due to pregnancy, weight loss, and/or aging.

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction Before and After PhotosBreast reduction can also help you achieve breast symmetry. Excess breast tissue can be removed from the larger breast, or different proportions of tissue can be removed from both breasts to reduce their size. Breast reduction may be recommended for women with breast asymmetry if their breasts are overly large, cumbersome, and painful.

Breast Lift

If your breasts are different in form or position, a breast lift may be the recommended treatment. Women whose breasts are pendulous or saggy due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and/or aging may discover asymmetries in how their breasts have responded to these life circumstances. A breast lift can reshape and reposition the breasts so that they are both firm, perky, youthful, and balanced.

Breast Reconstruction

Some women have breast asymmetry because they needed to have breast tissue removed for cancer treatment. Breast reconstruction can correct asymmetry after a unilateral mastectomy by recreating a smooth and natural-looking breast on the affected side. This surgery can improve quality of life and confidence for women who have had surgery for breast cancer treatment.

If you have unwanted breast asymmetry, one of these procedures can help you achieve an even and balanced breast appearance. Call (703) 287-8277 or contact us online to request your consultation with Dr. Alex Mesbahi today.

Large and heavy breasts may be a source of pain, discomfort, and anxiety. Breast reduction surgery is a very rewarding procedure that can improve your overall quality of life.

Breast Reduction Can Help You Lead a Healthier Lifestyle

Before and After Breast ReductionHaving large breasts most likely doesn’t affect your diet, but it can influence your exercise habits. Some women avoid cardio activities due to the painful or uncomfortable bouncing of their breasts while running, jogging, doing jumping jacks, etc. Others may avoid exercise because they can’t find a sports bra that fits them well. Some may want to exercise but find it discouraging that their breasts weigh them down or slow them down. Breast reduction can make your breasts more reasonably sized so that you feel more capable and successful in athletic activities and don’t experience pain while exercising.

Breast Reduction Can Eliminate Chronic Pain or Discomfort

Shoulder grooves, skin rashes, headaches, and backaches are just a few examples of the pain experienced by many women with overly large breasts. The heavy weight and pressure on your chest can cause chronic pain or discomfort and can even lead to poor posture and skeletal deformities. Breast reduction surgery reduces the weight and size of the breasts to relieve this pressure and help you live a more pain-free life.

Breast Reduction Can Reduce Emotional and Social Anxiety

It is all too easy to feel emotional or social anxiety when you feel like something is “off.” If you have noticed that your breasts are much larger than those of the women around you, it may make you feel uncomfortable or out of place. You may receive unwanted attention so frequently that just going out in public causes you to feel anxious. Breast reduction decreases the size of your breasts so that there is no reason for you to feel this anxiety and emotional discomfort because of them.

Breast Reduction Can Improve Your Body Shape

Oversized breasts may make you look top-heavy, and they can also make you look overweight when you are not. Breast reduction can take oversized breasts down a notch so that your body shape looks more proportionate and balanced. This can help you to look and feel more beautiful and self-confident.

Breast Reduction Can Reduce Breast Sagging

Breast sagging is common among older women, but many younger women experience it due to oversized breasts. The weight of the breasts pulls them down, slowly stretching the skin and causing them to sag prematurely. Breast reduction can keep the breasts looking perky and youthful by reducing the weight and pressure that leads to premature breast sagging.

If you’d like to experience the many benefits of breast reduction, schedule your consultation with Dr. Alex Mesbahi. Call our office at (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form and we will help you schedule your appointment today.

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures designed to improve the unfavorable effects that pregnancy can have on the appearance of a woman’s body. Mommy Makeover surgery consists of some or all of the following procedures to correct these conditions:

Procedure → What it Corrects

A smiling, attractive mother holding her baby on a white backgroundBreast lift → Drooping breasts with stretched skin

Breast augmentation → Loss of volume in the breasts

Breast reduction → Large breasts that cause back pain and discomfort

Abdominoplasty → Loose skin and stretched abdominal muscles

Liposuction → Excess fat deposits

Mommy Makeover Recovery Period

This surgery is tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient because every woman is affected by pregnancy in a unique way. Therefore, the amount of time needed to recover after a Mommy Makeover will depend on the specific procedures performed. Rather than having the procedures performed separately and needing to take downtime to recover from each at a different time, a Mommy Makeover allows the patient to recover from all of the surgeries at once. In general, our patients can expect to feel back to normal after four weeks.

In general, most Mommy Makeover patients adhere to the following recovery guidelines:

  • Week 1: Rest at home and take occasional short walks
  • Week 2: Return to work and resume light activities
  • Week 4: May lift light objects or small children
  • Week 6: Resume more strenuous activities or workouts

For mothers with young children at home, it is advised to arrange for someone to help you care for them during the first week or two after your Mommy Makeover surgery. Dr. Mesbahi will provide you with specific instructions and details about your individual recovery based on the procedures you undergo and your unique circumstances.

If you are interested in Mommy Makeover surgery or any other plastic surgery procedure, please call (703) 287-8277 today, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Dr. Mesbahi is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and has extensive training and experience to provide his patients with safe and effective procedures that produce beautiful results.