First of all I live in BC, but I have heard about many women going to the US for plastic surgery. Why is this? Is it better? How do I find the best surgeon? In BC, AB or even AZ. How is the procedure usually done? Would I need a 'lollipop' incision? I have really terrible back problems, and even wearing a bathing suit is quite painful, will this truly help? I have tried everything to minimize them and even recently lost fifteen pounds but even since seventh grade I have worn a 32E or 34DD.
I'm 5'3 19 Years Old and 130 Lbs and a 34DD I Really Want a Reduction, but I Have Some Worries Procedure? (photo)
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An anatomic reduction and vertical mastopexy should produce a beautiful breast with periareolar and vertical scars. Most of our patients report resolution of their back pain within 24 hours after surgery if it is caused by their breasts. Schneidercentre.com
Worries about breast reduction
Thank you for your photos. You are an excellent candidate for breast reduction with the short scar or lollipop technique. Most women say that their symptoms of neck and back pain do improve after a breast reduction procedure, but it is not a guarantee. I see a lot of Canadian patients, since we are close to the border. There are many excellent plastic surgeons in Canada. I use the Hall-Findlay reduction technique. She practices in Banff. See a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options. Good luck.
Breast Reduction Candidate?
Thank you for the question and pictures. You have done the right thing by losing weight prior to considering breast surgery. At some point, you may be an excellent candidate for breast reduction/lifting surgery. This operation is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. By removing “excess” breast tissue, adipose tissue, and breast skin this operation reduces and lifts the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall. By doing so, patients often find improvement in neck, back, and shoulder discomfort and find it easier to form their activities of daily living and exercise.
Timing of the operation will depend on the patient's life circumstances. In general, it is best to do this procedure ( like all other elective body contouring the stages, when patients have reached their long-term stable weights. In doing so, safety of the procedure is increased and the need for further surgery is minimized ( in the event of weight gain/loss after the breast reduction procedure).
If at all possible, it is best to wait until after completing pregnancies before undergoing breast reduction surgery. Again, doing so will minimize the chances that patients will require further surgery after pregnancy related breast changes.
On the other hand, it can be argued that, patients with breast hypertrophy benefit from breast reduction surgery prior to pregnancy ( to prevent the symptoms that may occur as the breasts grow even larger during and after pregnancy/breast-feeding).
As you think about breast reduction surgery make sure you do your homework and understand the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. Unsatisfactory scarring is one of the potential complications. Make sure you also understand that further surgery may be necessary in the future (for example if the breasts were to grow in size again).
For the right teenager (enough symptoms) it may be an excellent option (regardless of the age). Sometimes breast reduction surgery is covered through health insurance. The best way to obtain insurance coverage for breast reduction surgery involves some “hoops” to jump through. The more documentation you have (for example, from your primary care doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor etc.) the better when it comes to obtaining insurance “authorization” for the procedure. This documentation and letter/pictures from your plastic surgeon will help you obtain authorization.
I hope this helps.
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