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Am I a good candidate to get a breast reduction before having kids?

Q:

I am 23 years old. My height is 5'7, and my bra size is 36G. I have what seems like red, permanent bra strap indentations on my shoulders. My back is constantly hurting all day at work, too. I am also constantly buying new bras to find one that is comfortable and won't dig into my skin. I feel like there's nothing else I can do but consider getting my breasts reduced. I just want to make sure it's OK to do so before getting pregnant, which my husband and I don't plan to do for another 5 years.

A:

At the size you are listing yes you are a good candidate. There is no issue with getting pregnant after the procedure other than 2 issues. One, you may get large again after pregnancy, that is unpredictable. Also there is a small chance of loss of sensation to the nipple area, and if that happens you will not know if the baby hooks on to breast feed. 

With your present size, you would be much more comfortable and happy after the procedure I would think. 

A:

For women who are not planning to have children in the immediate future and who are having symptoms and pain consistent with macromastia(large breasts), having a breast reduction done before childbearing is very common.  A key question though is how important is the ability to breastfeed to you?  Though the techniques used in most breast reductions allow for the "potential" to breastfeed, there is no guarantee that you will be able to do so.  Therefore, if breastfeeding is a critical part of your childbearing experience, then you may want to delay a breast reduction.  Other risks related to childbearing after breast reduction surgery include diminished or total loss of sensation.  Significant change in breast size and/or shape after childbearing that may require a second surgery.  Still given your history and your timing for childbearing, I think you would do well to consider proceeding with a breast reduction.  Five years of your youthful life lived in misery because of your breast size is hard to justify.  Best of luck.

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