Age 15, DDD Cup with back pain: Should I Get a Breast Reduction?
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Need for a breast reduction
With markedly enlarged breasts that are associated with back pain, you may very well be a good candidate for a breast reduction. Furthermore, at your age and with your disproportionately enlarged size, you may also be experiencing unwanted attention and comments from others regarding your breasts.
You should consider being evaluated by one or more board certified plastic surgeons who could provide you with far more information and accurate recommendations. As a minor, you will need to have your guardian with you at the consultation.
Breast reduction at 15
If you ahve significant problems associated with having larger breasts and you are no longer growing, then you may be a candidate and can go for a consultaion with your parent's approval.
Breast Reduction at 15
If you are at a reasonable weight, breast reduction at 15 is not unreasonable. You should meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your issues and goals.
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Is A Breast Reduction The Right Choice For You ?
Well that certainly seems like a perfect indication for a breast reduction. Back pain despite weight loss is the most salient medical reason for breast reduction. That history and bra strap indentations over the shoulders are the typical tandem that will justify a functional breast reduction that may be covered by insurance. This procedure also has a cosmetic benefit in raising the nipple-areola complex as improving the shape of the breast while decreasing the overall size.
Breast reductions are done in teenagers.
A 15-year-old with triple d breasts would functionally benefit from a breast reduction. This would have to be done with the full consent of the parents.
Breast Reduction in Teens
Cheychey922: Sorry to hear about your back pain. Best advice would be to discuss this first with your personal physician so that you can try "nonsurgical" techniques first, such as physical therapy, chiropractor visits, special bras. If you have "heat rashes" at the base of your breasts, you may benefit from a Dermatologist consult. The rationale for "building a case" is that health insurance companies have very stringent criteria which a patient must meet before getting preauthorization. These include a) non obese Body Mass Index (<25); b) failure of conservative or "nonsurgical" modalities; c) letters from non PS physicians documenting how the weight of your breasts have affected your musculoskeletal, skin and/or psychological systems. Once you have completed all these, consult with PS who have active breast practices and make sure that your expectations and questions are handled, pre-op. Do recall that your breasts may "grow back" after pregnancy and/or menopause, because they did so at an early age. Good luck.
Better to wait until breasts are fully grown to have breast reduction.
If you have a breast reduction now, you may need another one when you are about 20 years old, since your breasts will probably continue to grow.
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