Am I too Young For a Breast Reduction


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?


 No, you are actually like a very typical patient that seeks evaluation and surgical treatment in our office. You sound like a good candidate for a breast reduction. Consider a consult with one of the many members of the ASAPS. They are experts in Breast Surgery. Best,


Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS


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.   

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