I'm 17 and I Want a Breast Reduction.

I am a small person, I am about 5'1 and I feel that my breasts are extremely out of proportion to my body, and it makes me uncomfortable and upset with myself. Not only that, but they cause my to arch my back, and I feel I get lower back and shoulder pains from it. In my area (Ontario, Canada) I can get the surgery free if I have pains. What is the likely hood I can get insurance to pay for it, and how should I go about confronting my parents about this? Also, should I wait until I am older?

Doctor Answers 12

Teenage Breast Reduction Common

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Teenage breast reduction is very common, especially for the reasons you have cited.  Upper neck and back pain, headaches, painfull groves in the shoulder area from bra straps, rashes and infections under the breasts, breast pain, difficulty finding clothes to wear, difficulty with physical exercise and last but not least teasing from peers.  Make an appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your options and insurance requirements.

Good Luck!

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

Breast Reduction covered by insurance?

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I don't know how insurance in Canada works but Each insurance company in the US is different with what they require to "authorize" the breast reduction surgery through insurance.  I write a letter and send photos of the patient when trying to get authorization (I am sure most plastic surgeons do this as well).  Also getting supporting letters from other doctors who can document that you have had neck, back and shoulder pain and/or rashes due to the large breasts. Supporting documentation is usually very helpful

I'm 17 and I want a breast reduction.

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Thank you for your question!  I hope that these answers help in making your decision.  You suffer from juvenile hypertrophy of the breasts, which is typically treated by breast reduction.  It is not uncommon to have the symptoms that you describe such as neck/back/shoulder pain as well as infections/rashes and shoulder grooving, especially in teenagers once her breasts begin to fully develop.  The timing of when to have this done will ultimately be yours.

Once one begins to have the symptoms that you state above, consideration for a surgical procedure to ameliorate your symptoms, assist with self esteem, and allow you to get back to physical activities in your youth should be done.  Given your symptoms,  you would be an ideal candidate.  You must first discuss with your parents and pediatrician, and then consulting with a plastic surgeon for evaluation and examination to assist you in deciding if this would be the right thing for you.  Your surgeon will also go over what to expect as well as the risks and benefits of the procedure.  Overall, your symptoms should be ameliorated almost immediately and hopefully give you more self confidence and an increased activity level.  Your breasts may still continue to grow over the next several years, but it is certainly reasonable to consider this at this age with the issues that you are having.  I hope that this helps!  Good luck with your decision!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Teenage breast reduction

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Discuss your concerns with a parent and your primary care physician. Ask for a referral to a reputable board certified plastic surgeon. Upon examination and consultation, your surgeon will be able to recommend the best treatment option as well as discuss the risks, benefits, pros and cons of having the procedure as a teenager. Best of luck!

Christine Sullivan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Breast reduction

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I can not tell you what the requirements are under the Canadian health system. Age 17 is reasonable for a breast reduction in someone with large breast and back pain.

David L. Abramson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Breast reduction in teenagers

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I have never practiced in Canada so can't advise you on insurance issues, but medically teenagers can certainly benefit from breast reduction just as anyone with large, symptomatic breasts can. If your breasts are still growing, you should probably wait until they are at a stable size before having surgery. However, even if they are still growing you can talk with your parents about your concerns and have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area. Good luck to you.

Margaret Skiles, MD (retired)
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon

Breast reduction for young patients

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My colleagues have given you sound advice. However, let me inform you that you have a better alternative for reducing the size of your breasts. There is a revolutionary technique  called the 'Ultimate Lift' that unlike standard techniques:

  • Lifts your breasts high and permanently attaches them to your chest wall
  • Allows longer lasting results
  • Achieves upper pole fullness (they are high and firm like implants)

So, pls do your homework and decide on the best choice for you. Best wishes, Dr H

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 230 reviews

Breast Reduction Surgery is OK for Younger Patients with Symptoms

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You should first discuss your physical symptoms and desires with your parents. I’m sure they will understand. If you have researched this yourself, provide some of that information to them as well to help them understand. Next, along with your parents, visit a certified plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns and whether you are an appropriate surgical candidate. If you are no longer growing and your breast size is relatively stable then it is reasonable to consider breast reduction surgery. It is not uncommon for women in their late teens to undergo breast reduction surgery…so you are not alone. Your plastic surgeon will need to request approval for surgery from your insurance company. Symptomatic patients who undergo breast reduction are very satisfied afterward. Not only can this surgery relieve your aches and pains and improve your posture, but it can also improve your self-image. Best wishes.

Kenneth Dembny, II, MD
Milwaukee Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

I'm 17 and I Want a Breast Reduction.

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First start with a family meeting to discuss your breast size. Next meet with a boarded PS with your parents to become educated. The PS will than try to obtain insurance coverage for the operation. Follow this plan and good luck.

"Scarless"breast reduction.

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This is not for everyone but can be an excellent option for the younger patient before child bearing years. It leaves the basic gland and ductalsystem intact.

Sherwood Baxt, MD
Paramus Plastic Surgeon

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