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A 18-year-old female asked:

is there a age limit no breast reductions, e.g too young?

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Dr. Hiten Patel
Dr. Hiten Patel answered
Urology 73 years experience
No: There is no steadfast age restriction on breast reduction surgery. However, reduction is usually deferred until after breast development is complete. There are many social and cultural considerations to take into account when considering breast reduction surgery.
Dr. D'arcy Honeycutt
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Teen satisfaction!: Years ago, plastic surgeons told their patients to delay the surgery until child bearing 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. It is wise to research the scars and risks of numbness and breast feeding problems.
Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Agree with Dr. Honeycutt
Mar 14, 2012
Dr. Robert Stroup
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
After development: As a rule, we like to wait until a girl's breasts have completely developed before considering breast reduction so that the procedure lasts. For most girls this is about 18 Y.O., and most insurance companies have this as an age limit. Exceptions are occansionally made for "virginal hypertrophy" when the breasts become very large at a young age.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are breast reductions like?

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Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Breast Reduction: Your question is too vague. Breast reduction surgery removes excess skin and breast tissue from select areas of the breast so as to permit reconstruction of a smaller breast to relieve symptoms attributable to excess size. The goal is to do so in an aesthetically acceptable manner preserving nipple sensation and ability to nurse. Risks are loss of sensation, inability to nurse, poor cosmesis.
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What amount can breast reductions reduce your breast?

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Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
General Surgery 31 years experience
It depends: Discuss this with your plastic surgeon. Breast reduction can reduce them a lot or a little depending on what you want.

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