Breast reduction vs bariatric surgery: which one should precede?
Losing weight and undergoing cosmetic plastic surgeries are two common ways many individuals choose to improve their overall appearance.
However, many overweight women opt for both breast reduction surgery as well as bariatric surgery such as gastric banding and gastric bypass to lose weight and look their best.
According to US News, a new published study reveals that the order in which these two surgeries are performed may improve the final result.
Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center analyzed how satisfied 29 obese women were with their breast appearance. 15 of them underwent breast reduction surgery before massive weight loss while 14 did not have breast reduction surgery before losing a lot of weight.
All of the women who underwent breast reduction surgery were pleased with their surgery results. However, those who lost weight due to bariatric surgery or other methods after breast reduction surgery, found that their breasts further reduced in size, causing them to become dissatisfied with their appearance.
"Thus, patients considering bariatric procedures should be encouraged to pursue that operation before proceeding with reduction mammaplasty," scientists said.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), patients interested in breast reduction surgery are frequently seeking relief from physical symptoms caused by the excessive weight of large breasts. The surgery can usually solve these problems as well as improve the size and shape of the breasts.
Doctors say that in some cases, women might undergo breast reduction surgery before losing weight in order to reduce the back, neck and shoulder pain that is often associated with large breasts and to aid in their weight loss efforts by increasing their ability to work out..