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emmaRis
3 years ago
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Before getting a Brest reduction

Hello, I was wondering what steps I should take before considering a breast reduction. I have had triple D’s since 7th grade. I am now 22, 5’4 and 145 pounds. I work out daily and eat a strict diet. I have back and neck pain constantly and it’s only getting worse. I am on the pill so i was wondering if it would be worth trying to switch to a non hormonal IUD before considering surgery?

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: tampa, FL

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Sara Dickie
ASPS Surgeon
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Hi Emma, thanks for your question! While hormonal birth control can effect the growth and size of your breasts, it is uncommon for it to have such a significant effect that stopping them would bring you down to a size that matches your body. If you started your pills in the 7th grade and that is when you noticed the growth in your breasts, then I would suggest to stop. But if you had very large breasts before the OCPs, stopping them probably won't change much. I don't recommend you change your current birth control method unless you are having other issues with it and want to switch to an IUD as a personal choice. A breast reduction sounds like the best option for you since diet and exercise have not worked. I recommend seeking a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to have all your questions addressed. Best of luck, stay well!

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. It seems like the best next step is to confirm that your insurance covers the procedure on your behalf, and to ask with qualifications they require to do so. Then set up a series of consultations with ASPS board certified plastic surgeons to get the best treatment advice! Best wishes.

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