What are the contraindications for breast reduction?

I was just told by my doctor that my cholesterol is high and that I should be on medications. I have other undiagnosed health problems as well and I want to know if I could still go through with breast reduction. I wanted to know if they would still do surgery on someone even if they're seriously ill and if they do, how do they come to a decision about whether to refuse a patient?

Doctor Answers 4

What are the contraindications for breast reduction?

Thank you for your question.  In my practice, I do not perform a breast reduction on seriously ill patients, smokers and those with a BMI over 35.  As with any concerning medical condition, a medical clearance would be required.  Be sure to consult with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon.  Good luck!


Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Breast reduction and medical history

Breast reduction is not performed on seriously ill patients.  In general, if one is healthy and has medical clearance from their doctor, then they can likely undergo a breast reduction if indicated.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Stable health is a requirement for patients undergoing breast reduction.

A high cholesterol is not a contraindication to breast reduction. Not certain what your other health issues are but if you are otherwise stable there's no problem undergoing is operation.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

What are the contraindications for breast reduction?

Thank you for the question.  Breast reduction surgery is considered elective breast surgery and should not be performed on patients with "undiagnosed health problems" or who are "seriously ill".  Based on your description, I think you will benefit from medical workup and treatment of any concerns prior to seeking consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons. Obtaining "medical clearance" from your family practitioner or internist will be helpful to everyone involved. Best wishes as you work towards your goals.

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.