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Kenya Moore Learns Why She Can't Have Breast Reduction Surgery Right Now

The Real Housewives of Atlanta mom learned there's a link between lactating and boob jobs, so we asked a plastic surgeon for all the details. 

By Marni Eth
Kenya Moore Breast Reduction 2

On this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya Moore invited Kandi Burruss over to her house for some much needed girl time, and it quickly turned into a bonding session over their mutual desire to undergo breast reductions.

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It started with Kandi telling Kenya that she looked “petite,” but Kenya joked that she looked far from it, especially her butt and her boobs. Kandi noted that Kenya already had an ample chest size before she had her baby, so they must be “out of control now.” That’s when Kenya replied, “I want a reduction,” and Kandi admitted she did, too— and they laughed at the thought that they should go together!

But when Kandi asked Kenya how soon she would be able to do it, Kenya admitted that she couldn't yet, despite being told at her first appointment that she’d be a good candidate because she doesn't scar. Kenya explained that the doctor “squeezed my nipple and milk came out,” to which Kandi noted that Kenay would have to wait “until all the milk dries up.”

So is there really a connection there? chatted with board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Payman Danielpour (M.D., F.A.C.S) of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group to learn more about postpartum breast reductions.

Dr. Danielpour explained plastic surgeons absolutely “recommend that lactating moms wait six to 12 months after they are done breast feeding for two reasons.” The first is because “the breasts will change shape and size during that time” and the second is that it will offer a “decreased risk of infection.”

However, even if Kenya’s milk doesn't dry up, eventually she can get the procedure done. Dr. Danielpour explained that “if the patient is still lactating at one year, and there is no other reason for the prolonged lactation, then the operation can be performed.” 

Dr. Danielpour added that “breast reduction surgery is commonly covered under most health insurance plans, but it depends on the amount of breast tissue being removed.” If it’s not covered by insurance, it typically costs “between $12,500-$15,000.” The good news? He explained “the recovery for breast reduction surgery is probably the easiest recovery compared to most other plastic surgery procedures.”

One thing to note for moms looking into breast reductions is the possibility that the surgery will need to be done again in the future — “there is always a chance that the patient may need a second breast reduction later in life, with or without a second child.” However, if you do have another child after a breast reduction, there is a chance you'll produce less milk, so if you plan on having more kids, it is “better to wait until after having babies” to get the procedure.

Lastly, Dr. Danielpour stated that “breast reduction holds the highest patient satisfaction rate because not only does it improve the appearance of the breasts, but it takes weight off the back, neck, and shoulders, and improves a woman's quality of life.” Sounds like a win-win for Kenya and Kandi! 

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