I am 5'4. 135 lb, 17 year old female with an F cup. Would I be a good candidate for reduction mammaplasty? (Photo)
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You may end up being "too small" after insurance-mandated "minimum" tissue removal.
1 gram less than the minimum required and YOU would get the entire bill (one woman on this site recently told us her bill was over $36000 for this exact operation (in Rochester, MN), and she was expected to come up with $4500 of her own money). Just saying.
Without a nude photo, or even better, personal physical examination, it is impossible to say if you are an appropriate candidate for this surgery. There is usually never a question that you have large and symptomatic breasts, nor is it usually a question that you have "enough" tissue available for removal and insurance "coverage." The real problem is "Will you be proportionate and satisfied with whatever breast tissue REMAINS after the insurance-mandated removal?" Any surgeon can take away the required amount. But will you be OK with what remains? And how it looks? And about a 15% chance of nipple numbness and loss of ability to breast feed?
One way to answer this question before making a decision is to see an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon who does lots of breast surgery (ASAPS member) and ask to see and feel a 400cc breast implant. Compare this volume with your own breasts, and try to visualize what remains if you have this amount removed per side. When I have women do this exercise in my office, they are often surprised to find that they will not have "enough" remaining breast volume to be happy.
Of course, every woman with large breasts claim they will be "just fine" with an A or a B or a small C cup, or whatever it seems they will have left after the required removal. However, after surgery there is a surprising number of women who cry bitterly that they are "too small" and that they "had no idea" they would look this way (essentially mastectomized with nipples, and no longer curvy or womanly). Then their only option is elective self-pay breast augmentation, which is such a shame when they had "enough tissue" pre-breast reduction, and would have been happier with a full breast lift or a small(er) cosmetic reduction (and NO insurance-mandated minimums)!
It's not that you aren't symptomatic, or that you feel your breasts are inhibiting your lifestyle--I get it. But you have to understand that I have dealt with women just like you for over 27 years, and if you would, please re-read my answer. I don't want you to make the same mistake so many women do, just to get "coverage."
That being said, you may indeed be an ideal candidate, though you will need parental consent until you are 18. Please also check your particular insurance company's deductible and co-pay requirements. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
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- Would you benefit from, and be happy after a breast reduction? The answer to this question really depends on what your goal is. Do you want to fit better in clothing? Be more proportional? Alleviate back, neck or shoulder pain caused by having large breasts? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you would likely benefit from a breast reduction.
- Would a breast reduction be covered by insurance? Insurance approval requires that you have a history of symptoms such as skin rashes, neck/back/shoulder pain, grooving in your shoulder from bra straps etc. that have not improved after medical therapies such as pain medications, physical therapy, or ice/hot packs. Insurance approval also requires that a certain minimum amount of breast tissue be removed.
I am 5'4. 135 lb, 17 year old female with an F cup. Would I be a good candidate for reduction mammaplasty?
Consider sharing your thoughts about surgery with your family and loved ones. Ask to visit with at least one plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to learn about your options for breast reduction. Your family, your personal physician and your chosen board certified plastic surgeon can help you make the decisions that are right for you. I wish you the best!
Based on the information you have posted you have a disproportion of the size of your breasts to the rest of your body as well as some symptoms that cause you discomfort as result you would likely benefit form a reduction in the size of your breasts. A consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss the risk and benefits you might encounter with a breast reduction would be advisable. The surgeon can discuss issues such as breast feeding in the future, risk of changed nipple sensation, wound healing complications, asymmetry, and possible need for an additional reduction in your future (to list some).A breast reduction operation is one of the most rewarding operations that plastic surgeons are able to offer their patients and making informed decisions about the procedure is important.
Candidate for breast reduction ?
I would like to see brast photos without clothes, but for the excelent info you wrote, I can deduce that you have bigs and heavy breasts, for your height and weight, therefore I recommend you perform a breast reduction to avoid possible injury and osteo articular lesions in the back.
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