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Some say you need to be in your 20's for your breasts to finish developing. How can your breasts continue to change and develop if you already have ptosis? I lost a massive amount of weight rapidly, and despite being young, I lost all fullness from the tops of my breasts. They look like bad implants now and they need to be lifted. Will they get worse if I wait longer to fix them?
The general recommendation for young women considering breast surgery is that they wait until breast development is complete. This will vary from person to person. It could be at age 16 or 17, or could be in the 20's. If breast size and shape remain stable for one year or more (assuming weight, medications, etc. are stable), one can feel pretty confident that development is complete. At that point, surgery can be considered. In your particular case, things will probably not get significantly worse, provided your weight remains stable, and your breasts are not overly large. So you can probably safely wait awhile before having any sort of correction done.
I want to have a breast reduction. How long should one wait after giving birth to proceed with the breast reduction procedure?
The main issue is when the breasts will return to "normal" after a pregnancy, so that any procedure will get the results you want and will be lasting. I would recommend waiting about 6 months after stopping breast-feeding and when you have gotten back to about your pre-pregnancy weight.