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dellis
one year ago
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Upper back/shoulder/neck pain

I’ve dealt with upper back pain, particularly shoulder and neck pain for quite some time and this year alone have been to doctor 3 times regarding this. At my last appointment they recommended me to have consultation to see if I would be a candidate for a breast reduction. I don’t feel like my breast are that huge for my body structure but I am curious as to what you think. I’m 5’9 and 36D bust.

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Type: Question

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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It would be a good idea to consult with an ASPS member plastic surgeon. Many women with larger breasts wear bras that are too small for them, so your 36D might not be correct. If you can hold your breasts up with your hands and feel relief in your back pain, then a reduction would likely improve your symptoms. Usually women with DD or greater will qualify for reduction under their health insurance plan. Use the Find-A-Surgeon tool to locate an ASPS member near you.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Unfortunately without an in-person examination, or full series of photographs, it is difficult to offer definite advice. I would recommend seeking out a series of consultations with ASPS board certified plastic surgeons in your area to discuss your options, and likelihood of insurance coverage.

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