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Is a woman with ddd breasts a good candidate for breast reduction?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alex Lechtman
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Most likely
Obviously you need to be examined but ddd breasts that are causing back, neck, and shoulder pain are good candidates for reduction.

In brief: Most likely
Obviously you need to be examined but ddd breasts that are causing back, neck, and shoulder pain are good candidates for reduction.
Dr. Alex Lechtman
Dr. Alex Lechtman
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Generally, yes!
. . . But it also depends on her overall weight.
Reduction mammoplasty is covered by insurance if height/weight criteria (that tell the exact minimum weight of breast tissue that must be removed) are met. And, of course, what remains must be sufficient to leave a proportionate and shapely breast. See an abps-certified plastic surgeon who can use the formula and help you decide after examination.

In brief: Generally, yes!
. . . But it also depends on her overall weight.
Reduction mammoplasty is covered by insurance if height/weight criteria (that tell the exact minimum weight of breast tissue that must be removed) are met. And, of course, what remains must be sufficient to leave a proportionate and shapely breast. See an abps-certified plastic surgeon who can use the formula and help you decide after examination.
Dr. Richard Tholen
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
In of itself, a ddd sized breast that is reduced will likely produce significant relief in symptoms.
Unless there are other factors which increase the risks and complications, you would likely benefit greatly from a breast reduction.

In brief: Yes
In of itself, a ddd sized breast that is reduced will likely produce significant relief in symptoms.
Unless there are other factors which increase the risks and complications, you would likely benefit greatly from a breast reduction.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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Dr. Stanley Weiss
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Perhaps
Breast reduction surgery can be indicated for medical reasons - such as persistent back pain.
Cosmetic reasons can include large differences in breast size (modest differences in breast size are common, with the left breast is usually slightly larger than the right). Surgery should not be undertaken lightly, given the risks.

In brief: Perhaps
Breast reduction surgery can be indicated for medical reasons - such as persistent back pain.
Cosmetic reasons can include large differences in breast size (modest differences in breast size are common, with the left breast is usually slightly larger than the right). Surgery should not be undertaken lightly, given the risks.
Dr. Stanley Weiss
Dr. Stanley Weiss
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Dr. Barry Handler
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Candidate
Good candidates for breast include those who have symptoms referrable to large breasts and have tried non-surgical means first to relieve those symptoms such as appropriate weight loss, pain medication, support bras and various therapies.

In brief: Candidate
Good candidates for breast include those who have symptoms referrable to large breasts and have tried non-surgical means first to relieve those symptoms such as appropriate weight loss, pain medication, support bras and various therapies.
Dr. Barry Handler
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Dr. Frederick Coville
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, if ...
Yes if they are causing her problems.
Of course anyone can consider a breast reduction if they don't like the size of her breasts, but for the most part, this procedure is best suited for women who's breasts are causing difficulties such as back and neck pain, difficulty exercising, shoulder pain and even psychosocial stigma related to very large breasts. Most women with ddd breasts would qualify.

In brief: Yes, if ...
Yes if they are causing her problems.
Of course anyone can consider a breast reduction if they don't like the size of her breasts, but for the most part, this procedure is best suited for women who's breasts are causing difficulties such as back and neck pain, difficulty exercising, shoulder pain and even psychosocial stigma related to very large breasts. Most women with ddd breasts would qualify.
Dr. Frederick Coville
Dr. Frederick Coville
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