How Long After Breast Reduction Surgery Must You Wait Before a Breast Augmentation Can Be Performed?

Women with uncomfortably large breasts often experience physical discomfort and emotional distress due to the size and weight of their breasts. As a result, they may seek breast reduction surgery to remove excess glandular tissue, breast fat, and skin so that their breast size is more in proportion with the rest of the body.

However, over time, subsequent body changes may occur due to factors like weight loss or breastfeeding, resulting in the loss of youthful shape and breast perkiness. Add to this the appearance of stretch marks and changes in the appearance of the areolas, and many women start considering breast augmentation to regain their youthful body contours.

To find out more about both procedures as well as the possibility of combining them, keep reading!

What Is a Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery by Dr. Zochowski can help women reduce the uncomfortable symptoms caused by a large breast size while at the same time improve their self-image and ability to participate in physical activities.

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What Is a Breast Augmentation?

When carried out by the experts at Zochowski Plastic & Constructive Surgery in Gahanna, Ohio, breast augmentation can add volume by creating more beautiful, natural-looking breasts. The procedure involves the placement of implants within the breast tissue, providing a fullness, increased cup size, and contours that complement a woman’s figure.

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Are You a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation After Reduction?

Women who have lost the original shape and volume of their breasts after breast reduction surgery or other factors are great candidates for breast augmentation, provided they:

  • Are in relatively good physical health
  • Have no significant underlying health conditions
  • Have realistic expectations about the procedure, recovery time, and results

How Long Should You Wait to Have Your Breast Augmentation After Reduction?

During the planning for your breast reduction procedure with Dr. Zochowski, he will outline the possibility of a future breast augmentation, even if you haven’t given it much thought.

Generally, Dr. Zochowski performs a breast reduction followed by breast augmentation in two stages, spaced at least six months apart. The reason for this is that each procedure has a different goal:

  • In a breast reduction, a significant amount of breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin is removed.
  • In a breast augmentation, breast implants stretch the breast skin while at the same time adding volume and weight.

By performing a breast reduction together with an augmentation in a single, “one-stage” session, the weight of the implants pushing against the skin could result in the stretching of suture lines, thus complicating the healing process and even leading to wound breakdown and infection. In addition, aside from any potential scarring issues, the final lifting and shaping would be difficult to predict. As a result, the breasts may not end up with the intended volume, perkiness, or contours for with the woman had hoped.

Performing breast reduction and allowing the tissue and scars to heal will result in smaller scars and an overall more pleasing implant placement during later augmentation. For this reason, it is generally better to stage the two procedures at least six months apart.

 Are You Considering Breast Augmentation After Breast Reduction?

If you think a breast reduction followed by an augmentation might be right for you, then plan the next step by sitting down with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Zochowski. He will help you restore that perky, youthful profile!

Call Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Columbus, OH at (614) 490-7500 or contact us through our website to start setting up your breast consultation.