Age 15, 5'2" and Almost a 32DDD Bra Size. When Can I Get a Reduction?

I've recently been getting back aches and my breasts hurt constantly. I first got my period 3 1/2 years ago. Is it safe to get a reduction now?

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Age 15, 5'2" and Almost a 32DDD Bra Size. When Can I Get a Reduction?

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I would want to know that your breast size has stopped increasing. If your breast size has not changed significantly for 12 months, then you may consider reduction. You would of course need to involve your parents and like all patients consider the long term implications carefully before proceeding.

Columbus Plastic Surgeon

Breast Production for Teenager?

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Thank you for the question.

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 is not too early to start planning for a breast reduction in the near future. As  you think  about  breast reduction surgery make sure you do your homework and understand the potential risks and complications associated with  the procedure.  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.

Breast reduction with parent or guardian consent

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You can have a breast reduction at age 15 with parent or guardian consent. You will require a consultation with a plastic surgeon so that he or she can determine whether or not you are an appropriate physical and psychological candidate for it.

George W. Weston, MD
Reston Plastic Surgeon

15 and breast reduction

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If you are of adult height and are no longer growing and regularly menstruating, you  may be a candidate for a breast reduction at this time. You would need your parents' consent.  Good luck!

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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