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I am currently only 17 years old. Since I was young, I have had very large breasts. ...

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I am currently only 17 years old. Since I was young, I have had very large breasts. Currently I wear a 40DD bra. I have had back pain and neck pain and can only assume that it is from having large breasts. I wanted to know if I have to be a certain age to be able to receive a breast reduction, or if I could do it now at 17?

A:

There is no hard and fast rule regarding the minimal age for breast reduction. Generally, breast development occurs over a period of two years, and then breast size stabilizes. If your breasts have not grown over the last few years, then you may be a good candidate for surgery. You should be aware that women who undergo breast reduction surgery may not be able to breast-feed, so if you believe that having children may be in your short-term future, then you may want to postpone having a breast reduction. I advise you to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon, preferably a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, to discuss your options.

J. Bradley Thurston, M.D.
Indianapolis, IN

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