My Daughter is 15 and Wears a 34L Bra & C/o Breast Pain. Is She a Candidate for a Reduction?

My daughter is 15 and wears a 34I bra & c/o breast pain. She wears a bra (sometimes multiple) every minute of the day except to shower @ which time she holds them up because she says its painful for them to hang. Is it remotely possible for her to have a reduction at her age? If so what avenues do I need to explore first?

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Timing of Breast Reduction


Your daughter's situation can be improved with a breast reduction given what you have conveyed. Age is something to consider with breast reduction but symptoms are the most important. Definitely, reaching full breast development is advisable prior to a reduction but in someone like your daughter her symptoms are causing her problems right now. Early breast enlargement does happen and is called virginal breast hypertrophy. In these cases reductions are done and more than likely another reduction will be needed in the future. Do your best to try to help her with supportive bras and anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen as a short term solution. Meanwhile, most insurances cover breast reduction surgery for these type of cases if it is not a plan exclusion. I would seek advice from her primary care physician and get a referral to a board certified plastic surgeon who can assist you and your daughter with a breast reduction.

Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, breast reduction at 15 years old is reasonable for certain individuals

Hello, Breast reduction involves the removal of skin, fat, and gland and reshaping of the breasts. The result will be smaller breasts but also some visible incisions. Usually the incision scars are very well tolerated. The areola is still sensate and most women are still able to nurse after pregnancy. Although 15 years old is on the young side there is no reason for some for her to wait if her breasts are very large, they negatively impact her physical and mental well being and she understands what a breast reduction entails. Seek consultations with well trained board certified plastic surgeons that have good before and after photos of their work. All the best, Dr Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Not too young for breast reduction surgery


Dear Ms. Riley,


From your description of your daughter's condition, it is evident she needs surgical intervention. While it is true that her breasts may continue growing after a reduction, another reduction down the line is not uncommon for someone her age. Because your daughter is so young, I strongly recommend the Ultimate Breast Reduction technique because

1. it does not interfere with future breastfeeding capability

2. it has no vertical scar

3. nipple sensitivity is preserved

4. it provides lift longevity

I hope this  helps.

Kind regards,

Dr. H


Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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It sounds like your daughter would be an excellent candidate for breast reduction surgery.  While it is generally preferable to wait until breast growth is complete, symptoms as severe as you describe can justify having the procedure performed sooner.  If breast development continues, a second breast reduction could be performed at some point in the future.

I would recommend scheduling consultations with board-certified plastic surgeons experienced in breast reduction, so that your daughter can be evaluated and you can both be educated regarding the procedure and its potential long term risks and benefits.

Good luck.

Craig S. Rock, MD
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Breast Reduction for a 15 y/o?


Yes, she is absolutely a candidate and a reduction would serve her well. She is young and there is a chance that her breasts can regrow to their current size, but the surgery would give her immediate relief and better the quality of her life. 

Jonathan Weiler, MD
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Breast Reduction for a 15 Year Old Patient


Yes, your daughter is definitely a candidate for the breast reduction procedure, but you and she need to be sure her breast growth is complete before contemplating surgery. I ask all my younger patients when they last had to go to a different bra size, and prefer they have been stable in size for at least one year. The improvement in comfort, clothing styles, the type of attention she gets and her personal feeling about herself will be dramatically improved with the reduction procedure. Older breast reduction patients almost all say "I wish I had done this sooner."

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
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Yes, breast reduction may be indicated even at young ages


A girl with extremely large breasts is subject to unimaginable difficulties both with regard to symptoms, activities, and psychosocial implications.  Yes, she needs a breast reduction STAT.  There is a possibility that her breasts will continue to grow and she may need another reduction later on.  That's okay.  The vertical technique is best and can be redone if necessary.  The procedure may be covered by insurance.  If not, she should have it regardless.  Otherwise she will bear the pscyhological scars of enduring with this problem through adolescence.  I copied this part of my website for your information.

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Breast reduction for a 15 year old


I think she is a candidate for breast reduction surgery. Not only surgery will improve her pain, but also will improve her posture. The best avenue for her is the insurance route. She needs to see a board certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. After complete evaluation, her information is sent to the insurance company for authorization. If the surgery is approved then she can have it done. 

Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction for your 15 year old Daughter


Thank you for the question.
It sounds like  your daughter is 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.
As  you and your daughter 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 understands 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).
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.
Make sure you're  working with a well-trained/experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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