A doctor measuring a woman's breasts after a reduction surgery

Can Breasts Grow After A Reduction?

Breast reduction surgery is a popular plastic surgery procedure that can help reduce the appearance of large breasts. Many women undergo this procedure to improve their appearance, lessen back and shoulder pain, and enhance their overall quality of life. However, there is some confusion regarding whether breasts can grow after a reduction. This blog answers this question and explains what can cause them to regrow and ways to prevent it.

Breast Growth After a Reduction

The short answer is yes, breast tissue can grow back after a reduction, but it is not likely. The breasts are made up of a combination of fat and glandular tissue, both of which can be affected by the surgery. During a breast reduction, the surgeon will remove some of the tissue to reduce the breast size. While this will reduce the overall size of the breasts, some of the tissue could grow back.

What Can Cause Breasts to Regrow?

Various factors can contribute to regrowth after a breast reduction procedure, including tissue growth and weight gain.

Tissue Regrowth

One factor that can cause breasts to regrow is the regrowth of the breast tissue. The amount of tissue regrowth depends on many factors, including the reduction size and the patient’s age. It is more likely that tissue will grow back if the reduction was not extensive. Additionally, younger women are more likely to experience some breast regrowth after this procedure than older women. In general, this is less common than regrowth due to weight gain. 

Weight Gain

In addition to tissue regrowth, the breasts may appear larger due to weight gain. This is because the breasts are made up of a combination of fat and glandular tissue. If a patient gains weight, the fat in the breasts will increase, making them appear larger.

Preventing Breast Growth After Reduction Surgery

The best way to ensure your smaller breasts remain at their new size is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating nutritious foods, exercising, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep are a few ways to keep your body healthy and your hormones balanced. If a patient does experience some regrowth after a reduction, they should discuss this with their surgeon to determine the best course of action moving forward. 

The Bottom Line

Overall, breast tissue can grow back after a reduction, but it is not likely. The amount of regrowth will depend on several factors, including the size of the procedure and the age of the patient. Additionally, the breasts may appear larger due to weight gain. Patients should discuss the potential for regrowth with their plastic surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

Breast Reduction Surgery at Hess & Sandeen

Choosing to undergo breast reduction surgery is a very personal decision. Our team of surgeons at Hess & Sandeen understands this and is dedicated to providing our patients with the high-quality care they deserve. We will work closely with you to ensure that we understand your specific needs and goals, helping you achieve breast reduction results you are happy with. 

Call us today to schedule a consultation for breast reduction surgery.