American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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3 years ago

Breast Reduction at 16

i am a 40 H at 16 and it is getting very difficult for me now. i am overweight so i try to excerise but the back pain, neck and shoulder pain is too much and getting overwhelming. My doctor says i’m too young and i should lose weight first but the pain i’m going through is too great. what should i do?

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: Hartford, CT

Replies 4

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon

Getting your weight into a healthy range is important for your overall health. You should try to improve your diet. Ask your doctor or your school nurse for help with a plan. Find out what your BMI is and work to get it below 30. This helps reduce your risk of complications after surgery. Your breast may also shrink with weight loss, since there is a fair amount of fat in the breasts. Age is another matter. Breast growth starts in younger girls but continues through the teen years often, so you may not yet be through developing. You want to be at least two years out from the age you started your period. In younger women, I worry about three things: you will have scars that may make you self-conscious, you might reduce your ability to breastfeed, and future pregnancy/breastfeeding may shrink your breasts to a size you think is too small. Operating on younger women is fine, as long as you understand the risks.

Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon
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If you have fully matured physically and your parents consent, then you can undergo a breast reduction. Good luck

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question and I am sorry to hear of all of your discomfort but you are going about it in the right way. It is always important to reach your goal and stable weight prior to seeking surgery, as well as to try and get the procedure covered by your insurance. Once at your goal weight, seek out consultations with local surgeons to help you make the best surgical decision.

Nicholas Jones
ASPS Surgeon

Thank you for your question. I am sure this is extremely difficult for you. At your age, there is a chance that your breasts may continue to enlarge. In some circumstances, we perform breast reductions in younger patients. Your parents would have to give consent. There are many other factors you have to take under consideration. In the future, you may require another reduction because your body has not matured. In addition, if you decide to have children, you may breast reductions may affect your ability to breastfeed. Make sure you do your homework!


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