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Could a general surgeon perform a breast reduction or is a plastic surgeon required?
I am 19 years old and in the process of planning for a breast reduction. I am a size 36F and have been at least a size 36D since I was 15 years old. I broke my back when I was 16 (which I am sure adds to the pain I am experiencing in my back now). Would my having a breast reduction be worth it? Also, could a general surgeon perform this surgery or do I need a plastic surgeon for this procedure?
You would be a great candidate for a breast reduction, especially with your history of back surgery. Although there are no guarantees, you should get some relief of back pain. There are some general surgeons who are trained to do breast reductions, but, as a whole, you are generally safer seeking a board certified plastic surgeon who have all been trained in breast reduction. Even then, ask for before and after pictures and for experience with breast reduction.
R.T. Buchanan, MD
Breast reduction is generally considered plastic surgery, and not typically within the scope of practice for general surgeons. Plastic surgeons are trained in general surgery before doing additional years of residency training.
R.A. Baxter, MD