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A 48-year-old member asked:

Who is eligible for breast reduction surgery?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Adult females: Typically any adult female is a candidate. This is usually deferred until completion of growth - 18 years. Women over the age of 40 should likely undergo diagnostic imaging with a mammogram to establish a baseline or exclude underlying disease. Depending on your health insurance different criteria may be applied for coverage.
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Dr. Raymond Jean
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Sometimes: Depending on your height weight and symptoms (pain in back and neck) insurance may pay for your breast reduction the other component is how much breast tissue there is to be removed. If enough is not removed insurance wont pay for the surgery.
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Breast Reduction: Also known as reduction mammoplasty, this is an operation intended to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts and improve their shape and position. Frequently, the areola (dark skin around the nipple) is also made smaller. Functional symptoms (medical disorders) caused by excessive breast weight may be relieved or improved by this operation.
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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Candidates typically: Breast Reduction candidates typically feel like their breasts are too large or uneven to the point that clothing doesn't fit right, have back and/or neck pain, or experience discomfort when playing sports. It is best to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss whether you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

After breast reduction surgery, how would firm up my breasts?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 40 years experience
No easy answer: Not sure what you mean by "firm up". Breast reduction is usually a very satisfying surgery for women that have long been bothered by disproportionately large, heavy and hanging breasts. It can be difficult to maintain fullness in the upper breast. Occasionally breast implants are indicated either at the same time or later. Restoring some of the lost volume may help.
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Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Breast reduction in and of itself won't "firm" up the breasts. Once the swelling goes away and the tissues relax they will be soft like they were, just higher, smaller and perkier. An implant will make them firmer but defeat the purpose of going smaller.
Jun 8, 2012
A 30-year-old member asked:

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Reducing/reshaping: Breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. During this operation, “excess” breast tissue and skin is removed. The breasts themselves are lifted on the chest wall. This operation tends to help patients with neck, back, shoulder discomfort and may help patients with posture as well. Best wishes.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have some questions about breast reduction surgery?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 41 years experience
Plastic surgeon: See a plastic surgeon. They can assess the options. Some insurance actually covers it if it is determined to be medically necessary due to back pain, etc.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How painful is breast reduction surgery?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Breast Reduction: I have done over 300 breast reductions with all but two of those patients winding up happy they had the surgery. Most find the discomfort transient, quite tolerable and well worth it to relieve them of the symptoms they originally sought treatment for.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How old do you have to be for breast reduction surgery ?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Debatable: The breasts develop completely by the late teens to the early twenties. After that age is probably the best.
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