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What should I do to take away the pain and have my breasts look great?

Q:

I'm 19 and my breasts started growing at the age of 8. I thought when I got older I would feel more comfortable. Now that I am 19, I have tried many bras. I either don't have enough support or too much that my breasts and back hurt. I am also not comfortable without wearing a bra. I wear a 34 DD with a 5'4, 130 lbs. body frame which causes me to experience a lot of pain from carrying my breasts. What should I do to take away the pain and have my breasts look great?

A:

Hi there, 

according to the numbers you have provided you have an ideal body weight (BMI is around 22) so losing more weight would not be a solution for your problem. What I would advise is to try some stretching exercises and physical therapy for the neck and shoulder muscles and if that does not work you can consider breast reduction. Please consult with an ASAPS member for your future surgery and be aware that there are several techniques and different scars and you need to explore all your options before you undertake the surgery.

Best,

Shady Hayek, M.D.

Shady Hayek, M.D.
Beirut

A:

Hello Dominique

Judging from your height and weight, weight loss is not likely to significantly reduce the size of your breasts and relieve your problems.  You may wish to try Physical Therapy for the back and neck pain but if this is not beneficial a breast reduction would remove the excess weight and lift and shape the breasts to a youthful appearance.  Consult with a ASAPS member to discuss all the different technique options available to you so you have a full understanding of what your choice would entail.

Best,

Jeff Darrow MD

A:

Dear Dominique,  Based on your height and your weight, there is little data to support that any further weight loss will lead to significant improvement in your symptoms.  Many patients experience relief of their discomfort and pain with a breast reduction procedure however you should meet with a plastic surgeon who is a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for a consultation and an examination to determine if you are a candidate for surgery.  Don't give up, many plastic surgeons will tell you that some of their happiest patients are breast reduction patients. Hope this helps.

A:

You have to shedule a appoinment with an ASAPS member to have a breast reduction and lift to avoid those symptoms and to get a great shape.

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