What is the recommended age for teenage girls? Would it be traumatic for a 15-year old? Would breast tissue still grow for a few more years?
Is Breast Reduction Reasonable for a Teenage Girl Since There is a Possibility of Further Breast Growth?
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Is breast reduction reasonable for a teenage girl since there is a possibility of further breast growth?
Breast reduction for teenager
It sounds like you are dealing with juvenile 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 consultations associated with breast reduction surgery. You also understand that further surgery may be necessary in the future (for example if the breasts were to grow in size again).
On the other hand, breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform and I think that for the right teenager (enough symptoms) it may be an excellent option (regardless of the age).
I would suggest an in-person consultation with a well-trained/experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Best wishes.
Breast reductiuon surgery in a 15 year old
As long as the 15 year old has reached adult height and maturity, it is probably OK to perform a breast reductions. Certainly there is a risk that her breasts may grow som more.
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Teenage breast reduction
Schedule a consultation with a reputable board certified plastic surgeon in your geographical area. If you need a referral, speak with your pediatrician or primary care physician. Upon consultation and examination, your well trained plastic surgeon will be able to discuss the benefits and risks, pros and cons, of breast reduction surgery. Best of luck!
Breast reduction at age 15
Breast reduction is sometimes performed before puberty is complete, depending on the emotional and physical problems associated with large breasts. There are some conditions of increased hormone sensitivity or increased hormone production which can lead to a rapid growth in breast tissue (sometimes not symmetrically), and this may result in continued significant breast growth even after a reduction.
As long as there is open communication between the patient, her parents and the surgeon, breast reduction can safely and effectively be performed in young women who have symtoms related to their large breast size. Scars, the decreased ability to breast feed and the need for possible future surgeries must be discussed and understood before undergoing surgery. That being said, most patients who have breast reduction surgery are extremely happy!
Breast reduction for teens
Breast reduction at age 15 is possible, though you can expect the possibility of further breast growth and maturation. When you are very large it can be difficult to wait for breast reduction. Our two biggest concerns are breast growth, and emotional maturity. Reduction introduces scars on the breast which are permanent, and can alter the ability to breast feed. It is important to know yourself well enough to fully understand the trade-offs. We like the summer after senior year, about 18, for reduction. There will be a break where you will go off to school and start new friendships with those who don't know you as well, and you can keep things less noticed.
Best of luck,
Breast reduction, teenager
Yes, it's reasonable. I do the surgery for symptomatic teenagers if they can assure me their breast size has been stable for a minimum of 12 months and have never had to do a redo later so far.
Breast Reduction in Teens
Teens with very large breasts may experience physical problems such as pain in the back, shoulders and neck.
They may also have trouble fitting clothes.
Furthermore their large breasts can be the cause of self-consciousness and teasing.
A capable plastic surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of breast reduction surgery, as well as review the technical options that produce the various scar patterns. Young patients must understand that they may be unable to breastfeed after surgery and, most importantly, that they may need to undergo the operation again later in life after pregnancy and/or weight gain.
Breast reduction for a teen
Most surgeons feel uncomfortable performing this surgery because the girl is likely to grow and her breasts are going to enlarge again. Thus she may need the surgery twice. If the girl and parent understand that this may be just a temporary measure then in my opinion it is perfectly reasonable to have this surgery performed.
Martin Jugenburg, MD
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