I am currently 16 years old and a size 34 H . I'm 5'6 and weighed 160 lbs with a size 34 F , my breast size made it painful to exercise and I now weigh 180 lbs. I have been large since my early teens and struggle with it daily. It causes back pain, lack of exercise, and extreme discomfort. My doctor had told me I wouldn't be able to find any surgeon willing to operate. What is your professional opinion?
My Doctor Told Me I Would Be Unable to Find Anyone to Perform Surgery Until 18 Years of Age? (photo)
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My Doctor Told Me I Would Be Unable to Find Anyone to Perform Surgery Until 18 Years of Age?
First take a parent with you for an IN PERSON examination with a boarded PSs in your city. You will find IF you meet certain criteria you CAN have a breast reduction. Your Primary doc is either uninformed or maybe you are in a capitated health plan so it costs the doc $'s to refer you. Do it on your own!
Am I Too Young for Breast Reduction Surgery?
From your description it appears that you would definitely benefit from a #breastreduction. The symptoms that you are experiencing are quite typical for a woman with large breasts. In addition to relieving the physical discomfort, we find that breast reduction also improves self image, allows for participation in various physical activities and it's easier to find clothes that fit.
In general when the excessive breast size causes functional problems, #insurance will generally pay for #breastreduction if more than 400 – 500 grams are removed from each breast dependent on your individual insurance company requirements. These problems may include neck #pain, back or shoulder pain, hygiene difficulty, and breast pain.
One thing to keep in mind is that at your age, your breasts may still be developing. Because of this, you may experience continued breast growth even after surgery. The best advise I can give you is to schedule a consultation for you and a parent with a Board Certified plastic surgeon who will be qualified to evaluate your current breast shape and volume. They will also be able to explain all of your options. Good luck!
Find a plastic surgeon, schedule a consultation--bring your parents!
I recommend consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.Obviously your parents need to be involved in the process as well. Breast reduction has significant benefits and patients who undergo the procedure at an early age experience the benefits over a lifetime.
There are downsides as well. These include the potential inability to breast feed, prolonged healing, decreased nipple sensation, and scarring.In my experience patients who undergo breast reduction at an early age not only experience relief of their symptoms, but also an improved quality of life.
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Each plastic surgeon will have his/her own level of comfort
Thank you for the question and photo. Many of my colleagues, including myself, have performed breast reduction on women younger than 18 years old. It is a case by case decision based on breast size, body size, maturity, parent-patient interaction, etc. The reality is that not much will change with your body from now until 18 years old. The most important thing is to know what you would like to accomplish and to be treated by a very well trained board certified plastic surgeon that can show you great before and after photos.
All the best,
Dr. Remus Repta
Breast reduction before age 18
There are two main reasons to wait until age 18 for a breast reduction procedure. One is that you can sign your own consent form and the other is that it would be fairly certain that your breasts are fully grown and will not continue to grow (although weight, pregnancy, and hormonal effects can occur).
If the condition is deemed serious enough and the surgeon, parent, and patient are in agreement to proceed before age 18, then this is reasonable, knowing that there may be a need for later surgery.
Insurance coverage is a different issue and with paying for the procedure comes the control of whether it will be covered and how much they will pay or other requirements. You may want to consider an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon who can perform a breast reduction safely and appropriately outside the hospital/insurance system and avoid the costs and controls of the hospital or insurance/government system.
Breast Reduction for Teen?
I'm sorry to hear about the physical and psychosocial problems your disproportionately large breasts are causing you.
It is probable that 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 your frame causing both physical and psychological distress.
In my practice, timing of breast reduction surgery is determined on a case-by-case basis. It is not too early to do your homework and learn as much as possible about breast reduction surgery and the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. Hopefully you have the support of your parents as you do your homework.
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. When the time is right, seek consultation with additional well-trained/experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.
I hope this helps.
Breast Reduction Under Age 18
That is not an accurate opinion. With parental consent and medical indications for a breast reduction, you can have the surgery. Visit a board-certified plastic surgeon with a parent and get an accurate opinion.
Breast reduction under age 18
There are special circumstances that breast reduction is performed on under 18 girl. Typically, the young girl presents with massively large breasts that significantly hinder her daily activities like what you described. It is important to have a thorough consultation with your plastic surgeon. It's extremely helpful to have your parents at the consultation. Your physical, psychological and most importantly, emotional maturity will dictate whether or not your are a good candidate for early breast reduction surgery. Both your parents and you need to understand the nature of the breast reduction surgery and its consequences, both positives and negatives. Be positive and keep looking for the right plastic surgeon that you trust.
Stewart Wang, MD FACS, Wang Plastic Surgery
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