I am 19 years old.5'8.145 pounds.size 36ddd(maybe bigger) .my breasts have been a struggle for as long as i can remember,i dont think theyve ever been small! they are very heavy and have caused me back pain in my lower back and in the area between my shoulder blades, i have shoulder grooves from my bra straps, my shoulders are often sore, i have poor posture, difficulty with clothes and bra shopping(i used to wear 2),and i would like to start becoming more active but feel limited by my breasts.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction? (photo)
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Breast reduction Candidate
Thank you for your question and sharing your photos.
You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame.
- Heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward.
- One breast is much larger than the other.
- Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts.
- Skin irritation beneath your breasts.
- Indentations in your shoulders from tight bra straps.
- Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts.
- Dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the largeness of your breasts.
Dhaval M. Patel
Double Board Certified
Breast Reduction Candidate
benefit from a breast reduction. You will definitely find that it will be much
easier to be more active and mobile after your procedure. I would
recommend that you do the procedure now, at 19 years of age, so as to
relieve yourself of the inevitable back pain and other such symptoms that
you have explained you are already experiencing. For the time being, you
should do research into the most qualified and well-regarded surgeons in
your area and schedule to visit at least two or three of them in person.
Candidate for a BR
See the below link on some suggestions on finding the most qualified Plastic Surgeon for a breast reduction.
Also known as reduction mammoplasty, this is an operation intended to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts and improve their shape and position. Frequently, the areola (dark skin around the nipple) is also made smaller. Functional symptoms (medical disorders) caused by excessive breast weight may be relieved or improved by this operation.
Women who have large, heavy breasts, which may be the cause of movement difficulties, back, shoulder and neck pain, poor posture, bra-strap indentations and chafing under the breasts will benefit from reduction.
Women with excessive breast size, which may decrease a sense of attractiveness and self-confidence, are candidates.
Large breasts that interfere with normal daily activities or with exercise will be more comfortable when reduced.
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You are an excellent candidate for a breast reduction
A breast reduction procedure will decrease the weight of your breasts, which should help with the back pain and posture. Breast reduction surgery also reshapes the breast by putting the breast tissue back up onto the chest as nature intended. This improved breast shape will make buying bras and clothes easier.
Breast reduction surgery is relatively straight forward. Make an appointment to see your friendly local plastic surgeon who can examine you properly and advise you appropriately.
I hope this helps.
Ultimate Breast Reduction provides internal bra support
Breast reductions are coved by insurance companies based on 2 criteria. First, you must have symptoms related to the large breasts such as neck, back and shoulder pain or rashes. Second, you must have the volume removed to meet the requirements of the insurance carrier. Your photographs show large breasts but certainly not massive breasts that I have seen in other patients. Your greatest problem is the ptosis or hanging of your breasts. You would benefit from a lift with minimal reduction. The biggest complaint after breast reduction surgery is over reduction. To take you down from a 36 DDD to about a D, would be approximately 400 cc breast reduction. Often, insurance companies will not cover reductions this small and you may have to pay for it yourself. I recommend a new technique called The Ultimate Breast Reduction. This technique reshapes your breast, elevates it higher on the chest wall and increases your cleavage. The other advantage of this technique is the internal bra provides support even if you gain or lose weight in the future.
Gary Horndeski, M.D.
Candidate for Breast Reduction
Based on your photos and your description of symptoms, you are definitely a candidate for a breast reduction.
Reducing the size and weight of the breasts will make a huge difference in your posture, back and shoulder pain. Exercise will become easier and much more enjoyable!
Thank you for your question and photos. Good luck with your future surgery!
Gregory C. Park, M.D.
Breast Reduction Can Help
Your photos prove that your various discomforts and difficulty with clothes and exercise are surely due to the extremely large size of your breasts, and all of this can be significantly relieved by a breast reduction. You could be reduced a whatever bra/breast size you desired, and the scars would either be a circular scar around the areola and then straight down to the fold under the breast (the vertical or lollipop technique) or that plus a long, curved scar in the fold under the breast (the inverted T or anchor technique). The surgery requires general anesthesia, is peformed as an outpatient, and the recovery is not that uncomfortable. Almost all patients are very satisfied with a breast reduction and so happy to have relief from their symptoms of large breasts.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.