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I am 5 foot 2 inches and a 34 D cup; are my breasts too small for reduction?

Q:

I have constant back pain due to my breasts; they are awkwardly sized compared to the rest of my body.  I have a narrow waist and torso and being a 34 D cup causes issues. I am 5 foot 2 inches and 140 pounds, are my breasts too small for reduction?

A:

You are not too small for a breast reduction surgery.  Physical body size measurements, such as weight and height, in and of themselves, have nothing to do with determining whether you would be a good candidate for this operation.  Symptoms such as back, neck or shoulder pain, bra strap grooving and rashes beneath your breasts are factors that are commonly used in this determination.  Additionally your own feelings about the size of your breasts and their relationship to the rest of your body, as you described, are also seriously considered.  Patients should understand though, that if they are obese and if they lose a significant amount of weight, then it is likely that their breasts will also get smaller.  Permanent weight reduction, though difficult, is sometimes recommended as an  alternative method of dealing with the above symptoms in some overweight patients.   

Since a number of interrelated factors are involved in deciding if you would be a good candidate for breast reduction, I would definitely recommend that you consult with a Plastic Surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to assist you in making this decision.

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With heavy breasts that are symptomatic, breast reduction is a reasonable alternative. Even without the symptoms, if you think your breasts are too large for your body, then breast reduction. is also reasonable. Obviously, breast reduction can be modified to fit many people. Small reductions, however, may be considered cosmetic, but may provide significant relief and great satisfaction. For you, however, I would greatly consider losing 20 lbs. to at least 120, the ideal for someone your height. From your description of your body, this should greatly improve both some of your symptoms and make whatever you do with the reduction markedly better. Changing your eating habits gradually is the best way to do this. For more information of what is needed, read "You on a Diet" by Drs. Rosen and Oz.

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