If I am a DDD or bigger breast size how much could you take off?
If I am a DDD or bigger how much smaller can I go with a breast reduction?
It is potentially possible to reduce them entirely, although it is unlikely that you would be happy with this result. In the past when insurance companies covered the expense of breast reduction, there was often a minimum amount of breast tissue that had to be removed for the operation to be considered a functional benefit. Nowadays, many insurance carriers no longer cover breast reduction. Consequently there are no restrictions as to how much tissue needs to be removed. In your case, I would suggest that you decide how large you should be in order to be more comfortable, proportional and happy with your breast size. Express those ideas in as much detail as you can to your plastic surgeon so that he/she can get a good idea of what you have in mind. With that information, it is possible for your plastic surgeon to get you a result that is both what you want in terms of size but also a result that has a pretty shape as well.
I would recommend that you seek the consultation of a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They have a website listing all the certified plastic surgeons. Members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery will all be board certified in plastic surgery and have demonstrated an interest and competence in cosmetic plastic surgery as well. Best of luck to you.
The approximate amount of breast tissue removed during a breast reduction will be determined after consultation with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Your goals for breast reduction will factor into what this amount will be. Remember also that bra sizing is quite variable, so for example, if you are currently a DDD and want to go down to a D cup, you may still be a C cup in one brand or DD in another brand/manufacturer. Viewing examples of other breast reduction patients’ before and after pictures may help you determine the scale of change in breast size you desire.
Thorough discussion with your surgeon will help ensure that you obtain your desired outcome. Find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area by visiting the ASAPS website home page.