D'Arcy A. Honeycutt, M.D.
I am 23 4' 10" and a 34DD and my back has been hurting for years should I consider a reduction?
Yes, you may consider a breast reduction. Is your pain in the upper or lower back? Lower back pain is not usually helped by breast reduction. Do you have any other symptoms that your breasts might be causing? Your insurance company may pay for part of the breast reduction. You should probably look at photos of scars and consider the risks of nipple numbness and breast feeding difficulty. A plastic surgeon can help you sort out the pros and cons of this procedure. Both patient and surgeon are usually pleased with the outcome.
I am 19 years old, 5'6" and I weigh about 145 pounds. Currently my bra size is 36F. I have frequent back pain, dips in my shoulders where my bra straps are and recently I have started to have difficulty breathing after I have been standing/sitting up for most of the day. Do you think that I am a good candidate for breast reduction at 19 or should I wait until I am older?
I think you are a good candidate for breast reduction. Years ago, plastic surgeons told their patients to delay the surgery until childbearing was complete. Today, refinements in technique and good outcomes have expanded the range of patients who can benefit from young teenagers to much older women. The procedure is safe and has a high patient satisfaction rate. You seem mature and motivated, but it is wise to research the scars and risks of numbness and breast feeding problems.
What is the meaning that the skin will be sensitive to sun after laser resurfacing? Is that mean the skin is prone to develop cancer after minimal sun exposure following laser treatment (even indirect sun)? What happen if sun block is not applied regularly after treatment?
Your skin will be red and maybe depigmented after laser resurfacing. Sun light or UV radiation may more easily burn your skin. It may be more sensitive to hot or cold after laser resurfacing. You will be at risk for developing blotchy areas of hyperpigmentation in the few months following the procedure, depending on your skin type. I don’t believe you will be more prone to skin cancer. I would advise that you take extra care with sun block to protect your investment in yourself.