American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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one year ago

breast reduction at the age of 16.

I just want to know if a 16 year old can have a breast reduction surgery? even if, her doctor said she stopped growing but said to wait until 18 because she’s not ‘’mature” enough and might regret it... even though, the girl has been waiting to get it done due to shoulder pains and sometime back pains.

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: silver spring, MD

Replies 5

Steven Schuster
ASPS Surgeon

I have certainly operated on many young ladies who have the problem of gigantomastia some as young as 15 who have stopped growing and are mature enough to handle the surgery. While being 16 requires a parents consent for surgery I feel the most important thing for you to do is to discuss this with your parents and the two of you were three of you decide what Will be best for you. It is extremely difficult being a teenager and when your breast size is out of proportion to those girls around you it is a source of ridicule from time to time as well as making your life less enjoyable. Most girls your age want to go to a pool or beach and wear a bikini or T-shirt and not feel embarrassed. I think depending upon the decision you and your parents makeFinding a plastic surgeon who can fulfill your goals and discuss this with you maturely will be the way to go. I wish you good luck in your search and hopefully will be able to have your Symptoms improved and feel good about yourself.

Samir Shureih
ASPS Surgeon

There are may concerns and issues to consider before deciding to do a breast reduction on a 16 years old lady.

One must consider the weight issue and if weight loss will improve on the breast size.

Physical maturity, whether the breasts really have stopped growing.

Psychological maturity to understand the surgery and the implications of the surgery.

Accepting the large scars

Possible interference with future breast feeding.

Possible interference with sensation.

Possible re-growth of the size of the breast.

These are few issues the patient and the parents need to consider.

Meanwhile a full cup bra and on top of that a sports bra, specially when doing any physical, exercise activity. ( That is what I recommended to my daughter)

Some surgeons have recommended liposuction of the breasts till the patient is 18 or above, but this comes with other issues like droopy empty breasts.

Breast shape and size and aesthetics are very important to a 16 years old lady.

Jose Luis Daza Flores
ASPS Int. Surgeon

The problem you have is called gigantomastia and it requires surgical treartment called Breast Reduction. There are several ways to do this kínd of procedure and syntoms disapear imediatly after the procedure. Being 16 requires a Eritrea parent consent for surgery.

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Many young women are deserving of a breast reduction. You want to assure that you have stopped growing: height and shoe size haven't changed in the last year, you are at least two years from the date you started your period, and your bra size hasn't changed in a year. You need your parents' permission. Usually health insurance will cover breast reduction for women who are a DD or greater, and they often require a 2-3 cup size reduction to qualify. In younger women, you have to think about what will happen to your breasts in the years to come: most women lose breast volume with pregnancy and breastfeeding, breasts to change size depending on your weight (if you are overweight, you should try and lose weight into the normal range first), reduction may limit your ability to breastfeed. I don't want tol trade your self-consciousness about your large breasts for self-consciousness about having scars. If you understand, and want to proceed, find an ASPS surgeon near you!

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Yes it is possible to have a breast reduction at 16 but you will need your parents consent. It is best to wait until your breasts stop changing for a year to have the best, long-term results. Hope this helps.


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