I am 51 years old and have battled with being overweight my whole life, it seems. I am 5'4'' and currently weigh 195 pounds, much of which has come on in the last 5 years. My breasts have always been large (D cup) and never "perky", but now I am up to a DD and hate how I look in clothes (or without :). Am I too old and/or overweight to contemplate breast reduction surgery? It would really be for cosmetic/self esteem issues; I don't have back or neck problems to speak of.
Am I Too Old/overweight for Breast Reduction?
Doctor Answers (4)
You are neither too old nor too heavy to undergo a breast reduction. Breast reduction surgery is not a difficult operation to go through as long as you are otherwise in good health. Even at your weight the surgery will be well tolerated. The only problem with your weight is that your insurance company might not agree to pay for it. Different insurance carriers have different policies regarding this and they may tell you to lose weight before they will consider covering it. They commonly do this to avoid paying for this operation Other than that, I see no problem having it done.
Too Old for surgery?
Thank you for your question.
In my opinion, the age of the patient is not the ONLY determining factor when deciding if a patient can undergo elective surgery. I have many patients who are older but in great shape and therefore have no issues with having such surgery.
Visit with well experienced plastic surgeon's who can show you examples of their work so that you are comfortable with the process. Sometimes, I ask my older patients to get a medical clearance /EKG from their doctor letting me know that all is well to proceed with surgery.
Breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations I do and hopefully, the only regret you will have is "why you didn't do it sooner".
Too old for breast reduction/lift?
Pablo Prichard, MD
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