Steve T. Vu, M.D.
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I'm 18 years old, and have a skinny body, but I wear a size 34 D bra. I have back and shoulder pains. Would I be a candidate for a breast reduction?
I would wait to consider breast reduction at your age unless your back and shoulder pain is disabling. Your body is still changing and it will change again once you start having children. Monitor growth of her breasts over the year. If they continue to grow and you constantly need the services of a chiropractor or rely on pain medications then a breast reduction would be helpful.
Steve Vu, MD, FACS
After losing 70 pounds I still carry most of my weight in the abdominal area (causing back pain) - would a tummy tuck help?
I've had two back surgeries. I've recently lost 70 pounds, however my back still hurts. I carry most of my weight in my abdominal area. Would a tummy tuck help and would my health insurance cover it?
As you are aware, back pain is a complex medical condition that can be caused by multiple etiologies. Losing 70 pounds is an excellent way to help relieve her back symptoms. However, I couldn't say with certainty that an abdominoplasty or panniculectomy procedure would improve your back pain. Perhaps your back surgeon is best qualified to answer this question. Regarding the health insurance issue, my colleagues' previous comments are correct.
Steve Vu, MD, FACS
How can you correct a pointy bulge on the top of the breast (implant poking up) after having over the muscle silicone implants?
I had breast augmentation with over the muscle silicone implants. My left breast now has a pointy bulge on the top which is the implant poking up (ultrasound showed it is a folded implant). Is it possible to spin it around without surgery?
Usually malposition of the implant or implant distortion is associated with capsular contracture and/or poorly developed implant pocket. If the implant extrusion is that noticeable, I would make an assumption that you also have a thin amount of breast tissue. If any of these factors are contributing to your distortion, then nonsurgical manipulation of the implant is not going to improve the appearance. Consult with your local plastic surgeon. You may decide to move the implants under the pectoralis muscle for better coverage. Good luck with your outcome.
Steve Vu, M.D.