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Emma C
8 months ago
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How would breast reduction surgery effect me?

Hi, under 18 with 38J cups here. My back is in constant pain. There are rashes under the breast. I can’t run, see my feet, work out like I want, and I feel numbness down my arms sometimes. I also feel my breasts sag. I’m different from the other girls. I think reduction may be right for me but would it leave major scars? Would the breasts turn it out even? I ideally want a cup DDD. Is it possible?

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Type: Question

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Large breasts are very uncomfortable. Breast reduction can be performed on younger women. However, breast reduction does leave significant scars: all around the areola, and from 6:00 down to the lower fold (lollipop) at least, and sometimes also a scar all along the lower fold (anchor). These scars are forever. Younger women need to know that your breasts will change with pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging, so you may eventually want additional surgery on your breasts. To undergo surgery, you need to be in good health, at a stable weight (BMI less than 30 if possible to reduce risk of complications). You should also be prudent about your desired size. Almost all women with DD or bigger breasts have neck, back, and shoulder pain. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for advice regarding breast reduction.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question! The majority of patients who undergo a breast reduction note an immediate improvement in back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as the remainder of your concerns. Admittedly the tradeoff for this improvement in symptoms, shape, and contour is scarring. I would recommend reaching out to several surgeons for consultations to discuss the best treatment.

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