Breast Tissue vs. Fatty Tissue

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Breast Tissue vs. Fatty Tissue

Our breasts are made up of two different types of tissue: dense breast
tissue and fatty tissue. Dense breast tissue is heavier than fatty
tissue. A plastic surgeon will sometimes estimate how much tissue they
will take, normally giving us an amount expressed in grams or pounds.
The first question that comes to mind is, "What size will that make
me?" Honestly, there is no way to tell. Think about a pound of butter
vs. a pound of foam. The pound of
butter would be much smaller than the pound of foam because it is so
much more dense. It is the same with dense breast and fatty tissue. A
pound of dense breast tissue is going to be smaller than a pound of
fatty tissue.

For example, a woman with mostly dense tissue has 2 pounds removed per
breast, bringing her from a DD to a C cup. A woman with mostly fatty
tissue has 2 pounds removed per breast and goes from a DD to a B cup.
Likewise, a woman with mostly dense tissue might need 3 pounds removed
per breast to take her from a DD cup to a B cup, while a woman with
mostly fatty tissue might only need 2 pounds per breast to go from a
DD cup to a B cup.

(These cup and size figures are used only to illustrate the difference between dense breast tissue and fatty tissue and shouldn't be taken as fact.)

  • Friday, 23 March 2012