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At age 18, and size 42 F bra, am I a good candidate for breast reduction?
I am 18 years old. I weigh 200 pounds, am 5'9" and wear a size 42 F bra. I have bad posture, back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain. I have been professionally fit for a bra. I wear the professionally fit bra plus two more bras for a total of three bras everyday. I have seen an orthopedic doctor and a chiropractor for my back, neck, and shoulders and they both have recommended for me to have a breast reduction. I also see the chiropractor 2-3 times a week. Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?
Yes, you sound like an acceptable candidate for a Breast Reduction. Consider contacting your insurance carrier to determine if Breast Reductions are a covered service, what the requirements are of the carrier to get the procedure covered as a covered service and which health care providers/surgeons that are in their plan and are in your area. Or, you could have the procedure performed as a Cosmetic Procedure. Many members of the ASAPS offer package pricing for surgical procedures like Breast Reduction.
Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS
From your description, but without personally examining you and discussing this more fully, you would seem to be a candidate for a breast reduction. You need to see a plastic surgeon who is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for a thorough consultation. At that time you should discuss your motivation and desired outcome, be physically examined, and learn about the benefits as well as any possible complications of the procedure. Following that, you can make a more informed decision about whether a breast reduction is reasonable for you.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, california
From your description of symptoms and history, it seems that you would be a candidate for breast reduction surgery. Seek a board certified plastic surgeon in you area for a full consultation. The surgeon will help you seek approval from your insurance company.