21 and overweight...is reduction a possibility?

  • hicksvillerox
  • State College, PA
  • 3 years ago

Hey guys, i'm 21 years old, 5'4" 180 lbs size 38H breasts. Ever eighth grade hit I've had ever-growing boobs...they went from C in 8th grade to DD in 9th to DDD (but actually H, I just found out when I finally got sized at a specialty shop in my college town) when I graduated high school. I recently started getting a numbing in my left arm that we've determined is a pinched nerve from my breasts...and for the first time I'm seriously considering reduction. My mom, sisters, family doctor and gynocologist have all mentioned it to me before, but now that my boobs are becoming a real problem I'm ready to take the next step. I know that you're not supposed to get reduction if you plan to have children within 5 years, but I'm in college and will only be under my parents' insurance for another year, so I want to get it done ASAP. I'm willing to postpone having kids for this. My only concern is getting approved...since I'm overweight, will I be required to lose it first? I've read stories of women heavier and with smaller breasts than me get approved, but maybe they just had really good insurance. Any insight?

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Is a doctor suppose to know before he does your reduction what size your suppose to be after he performs the surgery.
thanks so much! i'm definitely going to see my doctor for some recommendations over my thanksgiving break.

The large breasts are very painful!   What I recommend you do is meet with a few surgeons and do your research before you jump in.  I would focus on the now and not think five years from now about having children.  Many women go onto breast feed after reduction so make sure to discuss this with each surgeon.  Let them know your hopes and plans for doing this.  Also know that with pregnancy the breasts grow!  Mine went to a record size with my pregnancy.

When I went for my consults for the reduction I was 5'-1" and weighed 190 pounds.  My breasts were a 42DDD and I was miserable.  I could not exercise and my back was killing me.   My goal was to loose weight but I just was so unmotivated with the large breasts.  I hated them.

My doctor was able to do my reduction and the insurance covered it.  He took me down to a 38C.  After the surgery I was able to exercise and drop 70 pounds over the next year.  After the weight loss I ended up in a size 34B and I love it!  

So do your research and go for it if this is something you are ready for.  

Here is a link with some answers from our RealSelf doctors on the subject of Safe Pregnancy After Breast Reduction.  This will help answer some of your questions as well.