Following any breast surgery, including a breast reduction, the breasts can sit higher than normal. While this is most notable with breast implants, it can occur with other breast surgeries. After a breast reduction, patients often ask, “Do breasts drop after reduction?”
In general, the answer is yes. The higher position of the breasts is usually due to swelling. Swelling can last for weeks after surgery, but visible swelling tends to go away within around two to four weeks. The breasts should return to their natural position in the months following surgery.
Occasionally, patients simply find themselves surprised by the natural position of their breasts. When someone presents with gigantomastia and has overly large breasts, they often sag. So, when they are reduced, it can be shocking. If this is the case, your plastic surgeon will explain your natural breast contours.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.