I am 14 years old but my breasts have given me a lot of problems: back pain, shoulder pain, extremely bad posture etc. My breasts already sag like about 3 inches and I have been talking to my mom, and I'd really like to get a Breast reduction. I was wondering if I'm qualified, what are some of the downsides, method to be used, how much scarring could I expect, and how long is the healing time approximately in my case. Thank you.
Teen Breast Reduction
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Teens and Breast Reduction
This first step was discussing your concern with your parents. Together you should seek the advice of an ASPS board certified plastic surgeon in your area. Upon examination and consultation your surgeon will be able to discuss the benefits and the risks with you and your parents so that you will be educated enough to make an informed decision about when and if this is the right procedure for you. I have a few patients under the age of 18 who greatly benefited from a breast reduction. Every one of the has stated that they are able to be more active and all are less self conscience about the size of their breasts. Best wishes!
Breast Reduction Can Help, Even at a Young Age
While it is true that you may continue to grow, you may be well served with a breast reduction, sooner rather than later.
If you are having pain and your size is affecting you socially, you may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery.
Discuss with your parents and consult an expert.
Juvenile Breast hypertrophy
I would disagree with most of the answers given. It you are having back and shoulder pain already, I would look in your local area for a plastic surgeon willing to undertake your problem. The biggest problem you face is that Juvenile hypertrophy of has a tendency to continue to grow and you may have to repeat the surgery in a few years. I encourage to seek advice from a skilled surgeon. You are 13 and this condition can persist into your mid twenties. Why waste your youth and not participate in school activities for an 8 to 10 year period.
I have performed such an operation on over 8 patients who were under the age of 18. They loved their result and one of the girls received a scholarship to play tennis at UCLA. She would no have been able to this without the surgery. When asked about the scars, her reply to men has always been "I had to much of a good thing."
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The breasts may continue to grow
Although it can be performed for girls at your age, the real question is that you may require an additional operation at a later date to correct further growth or sagging.
If you are considerably in pain and discomfort, you may benefit from the operation. However, it is very likely your breasts will continue to grow. Think seriously about the operation.
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The bottom line is this:
- you may need another breast reduction or breast lift in the future after pregnancy
- you may have difficulty breastfeeding
The scar patterns are identical regardless of the age of the patient and healing is usually complete in about 4 weeks.
If I am performing a breast reduction under the age of 18, the patients' primary concerns must be related to discomfort surrounding the size of the breast (rashes, back/neck/shoulder pain) and not to the position of the breast (or breast drooping).
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.