I'm 18 and 5' and weigh 106lbs but I have 32f breasts. Should I wait til I am older for reduction? I do experience back pain and I cannot do exercises or workout. It seems like it's starting to get harder. I like my breast shape but I would like to go down to at least a D. I'd like as little scarring as possible and I'm hoping to breastfeed, however, I am not planning kids until I'm in my 30s.
Should 18 Year Old Wait for Breast Reduction with F-sized Breasts?
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18 year old breast reduction
Breast reduction at 18
See a board certified plastic surgeon for your initial consultation but you seem to have good indications for breast reduction surgery. Waiting will not improve your symptoms nor final outcome. While surgical scars are inevitable, they usually heal as fine lines. These are some of the happiest patients we see for surgery with a relief in many of their symptoms. Most patients only regret not undergoing the surgery earlier.
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Breast reduction for teen
If your breasts have finished growing and have been stable for at least 6 months or a year, you should definitely consider a reduction. With significant symptoms, it is worth doing a reduction earlier. In this case, you may have further breast growth and need a re-reduction later, though the chance of doing so is not large.
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Breast Reduction at 18yo
If you are done growing and have been stable at your height/weight/breast size over the past year, then medically you are a candidate. The hardest part of doing this, though, is that you will have scars on your breasts somewhere, and their is no way to avoid this. This can be hard for young women who are still very active in the dating world. Your ability to breastfeed will be decreased, but you may still be able to afterwards. If you are unable to exercise and you are developing back issues, then it is worth seriously considering. Every young woman I have performed this on has been very happy that they made the jump. You should meet with a board certified plastic surgeon and see what they have to say about your situation.
Breast Reduction for Teenager?
Thank you for the question and picture.
It sounds like you are dealing with breast hypertrophy along with the physical and psychosocial consequences of this diagnosis. In other words, the breasts are too large for the frame causing both physical and psychological distress. It sounds like you have done your homework and understand the potential risk and complications associated with breast reduction surgery, including abnormal scarring. You also understand that further surgery may be necessary in the future (for example if the breasts were to grow in size again).
Timing of the breast reduction surgery is based on the patient's psychosocial place in life and is a very individual- specific decision. She must be able to accept the scars (which result from the breast reduction surgery) in exchange for the improvement in size/contour/position of the breasts. Some patients choose to have the breast reduction surgery earlier in life; some patients prefer to wait until they are in mature/stable relationships and/or have completed having pregnancies.
I hope this helps.
18 and a breast reduction
If you have reached adult size and are no longer growing, you certainly can undergo a breast reduction to reduce the overall volume of the breast.
Breast reduction in 18 year old: Resection versus Lipo
SEE VIDEOS BELOW IN LINK TO MY WEBSITE FOR SAMPLES OF LIPOSUCTION VERSUS RESECTION METHODS OF REDUCTION. You are on the younger side for a reduction mammoplasty and should first discuss the procedure with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if you have reached your adult size. As to your candidacy for resection versus liposuction, you should meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options after a history and physical examination.
Breast reduction at what age
You definitely have large breasts and if you have back,neck pain, then you are an excellent candidate for a reduction. I do mine as an outpatient and the recovery before full activity is about two weeks. We pre-authorize our patients.
Don't wait to have breast reduction
With your symptoms and breast size it seems likely to only get worse. A reduction at age 18 is not uncommon. With current breast reduction techniques, most women are able to breast feed but threre can be no guarantee. The minimal scar techniques are probably not applicable for a case like yours, but they should fade very nicely over time and the trade-off will be worth it.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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