Age 73, Large Breasts. 5'2, 72kg, 16E, Am I at Risk to Have Surgery?

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Breast reduction very safe in older patients if in good health.

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If you are in good general health (heart, lungs, kidneys, blood pressure, etc.), go ahead and do it.  You will be so much more comfortable that you will wish you had done decades ago.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Breast reduction in 70 year olds

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is common.  As long as your health history is satisfactory, you should be able to have this procedure.  Check with your local plastic surgeon as no legitimate surgeon will want to do an elective procedure on some one whose health is sketchy and could lead to problems.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Breast Reduction at 73 years of age

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More important than your age is your health. If your regular internist gives you a clean bill of health, you should have no problem having breast reduction surgery. Your only regret may be that you wish you had done it sooner! Good luck.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Age is NOT the only issue about safety

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thanks for the question: your age is NOT the only factor that decides safety. As other PS have said, a full medical workup is needed before having surgery. You should try to be as healthy as possible before having ANY kind of surgery: The testing is required to ensure the lowest possible risks. 

Having said that, you should be aware that all surgery carries some risk. Hope it all goes well for you. 


Bennett Yang, MD 

Washington DC

Bennett Yang, MD
Rockville Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Large breasts at 73

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If you are a healthy 73 you certainly can undergo a breast reduction if you desire. Good luck with your decision.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Breast Reduction Candidate at 73?

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Thank you for the question.

 Your age is not a contraindication to breast reduction surgery. The best way to proceed would be to meet with your internist and have  him/her to a full medical workup to assess your suitability for elective breast surgery. This process will likely include history and physical, as well as EKG and laboratory evaluation. Additional workup may be necessary depending on your specific situation.

 Once you have obtained your internists' “clearance” seek consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons. Ask to see lots of examples of their work and communicate your goals clearly.  You may find the attached link helpful to you as you learn about the procedure;  it tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform.

 Best wishes; hopefully your only regret will be not having had the procedure performed sooner.

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