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Is 17 Too Young for Breast Reduction Surgery?

17-year-old Romanian tennis star Simona Halep, who won the junior French Open last year, has announced that she will have a breast reduction later this year. Is 17 too young for such a drastic surgery? What are the risks of having a reduction so early in life?

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Breast reduction in teens - Los Angeles


Breast reduction should be performed when the breast growth has subsided and patients are symptomatic from the heavy breasts.Raffy Karamanoukian Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction Surgery Should Not Be Done Until There Is Stabilization of Breast Growth


When patients have significant breast enlargement with associated symptoms, I don’t feel that they should be denied the benefits of this procedure because of an arbitrary age cutoff. Before proceeding, there are several unique considerations in this group that must be considered.
One of these is the issue of breast growth. I would prefer stabilization of breast growth for at least six months prior to proceeding with surgery. Another issue is the age of consent. Because of this, parents should be involved in every step of the decision- making process.
Breast reduction has some of the highest satisfaction rates seem in plastic surgery. Younger patients may experience benefits that may not occur in older patients. These include less teasing about their breast size at a time when their self-image is developing, and improved athletic performance at a time when participating in sports is important. Early breast reduction also corrects many health problems before they become chronic.
Finally, early intervention allows patients to benefit from the procedure over a lifetime. Older patients who undergo breast reduction often comment that they wished they had done it earlier. Many of them feel that by waiting to undergo this procedure, they may have permanently damaged their health and suffered needlessly.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Is 17 Too Young for Breast Reduction Surgery


As I have previously stated about teen breast reductions:

First, you should seek the advice of a board certified Plastic Surgeon.  I think a woman of teenage years who has symptoms of macromastia ;that is, enlarged breasts with shoulder, neck, and back pain along with inframammary intertriginous dermatitis should have a breast reduction.


New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction as a teen


Breast reduction is not a procedure to enter into lightly.  You should have reached your physical maturity, and have the emotional stability and support network before even considering cosmetic surgery as a teen. At 17, it is possible that she meets the criteria but it is a decision to be made on a case by case basis.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Juvenile Breast Reduction


Thank you for the question.

Juvenile breast hypertrophy Is associated with physical and psychosocial  symptoms of  living with very large breasts. In other words, the breasts are too large for the frame causing  both physical and psychological distress.

As long as the patient has done her homework and understands the potential risks and complications associated with breast reduction surgery and understands that further surgery may be necessary in the future (for example if the breasts were to grow in size again) then  she may be an excellent candidate for the procedure.

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).

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San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction at age 15


Breast reduction is a fairly big operation and it is usually done for women who have very large and heavy breasts which cause symptoms such as neck and back pain, shoulder notching, postural problems, hygiene issues and interference with performing sports and other normal activities. If you and your parents feel it is in your best interest to have the procedure and a board certified plastic surgeon agrees,then you can certainly do it. Bear in mind that you probably will grow more with age and certainly with pregnancy, so touch ups may be needed later on. Good luck!

Austin Plastic Surgeon
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17 is NOT too young.


I have done thousands of breast reductions and I have done woment from 14 to 88 years old.   Many woment have breast reductions before going off to college.  They are usually 17 or 18 yrs old and they want to arrive at their new school with their new  sporty figure.   We have many teen age women who are happy to speak with prospective patients who are considering this surgery.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Appropriate age for breast reduction surgery


There are a number of factors to consider when contemplating breast reduction surgery in a younger patient.  In my practice it is not uncommon to have a patient undergo breast reduction in their teens.  One of the important factors to consider is how many years has the patient had macromastia, and for how long has the breast size been stable.  Some other factors are social ostracism, degree of symptoms from heavy breasts etc.  This type of a decision is not taken lightly, but in a right patient breast reduction surgery in a younger patient is an appropriate decision.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction in teenagers


No, it is not unreasonable. Some girls with the beginning of breast devlopment can develop a condition known as juvenile hypertrophy of the breast. This is when breasts gain weight and size out of proportion to the size of the body. They are heavy, cause a person to be off balance and create posture and gait problems. 15 years ago, I was asked to reduce the breasts of a sixteen year old girl who was a tennis protege and scheduled to attend UCLA. in a tournament that lasted over four days, she found herself exhausted and played very poorly in the finals.

By removing approximately 1 pound of tissue from each breast she performed much better and felt better. The end of the story is that she redeveloped her breast tissue after a two year period and had to have surgery repeated  without a recurrence.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Teenager breast reduction


I do not think 17 is too young for a breast reduction. Women are done growing by this point. In addition in her case she is clearly very fit and the size of her breasts has nothing to due with being overweight. So it's a genetic issue that will definitely interfere with her game and life.

She deserves the best medical treatment and a breast reduction is that.

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Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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