What is the minimum age requirement for breast reduction procedure?

Minimum age is 16. With parent's permission, age 16 is the youngest i would suggest for a breast reduction. By then, breast size may have peaked and social and physical issues may be a very big issue for young women with oversized breasts. Many younger patients have this procedure before going off to college. The biggest lament women have after this procedure is that they wish they had done it sooner. All the best!
When growth ceases. The age for breast reduction should be when the breast development has ceased. Typically, once the bony epiphyses have closed (no further growth in height), menses have been regular for two years, and the bra size has been stable for several months, one can consider this procedure. A specific age cannot be stated, as these things occur at different ages for everyone.
None. Young ladies dealing with juvenile breast hypertrophy with the physical and psychosocial consequences of this diagnosis may be a good candidates for breast reduction surgery at a relatively early age. There is no specific age “requirement”; timing should be individualized based on each patient's situation, stage of development, symptoms, maturity level… future surgery may be necessary.

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What is a breast reduction procedure like?

High Satisfaction. The most satisfying procedure plastic surgeons offer nationwide is breast reduction. If your bust is so large that it causes functional problems, reduction will invariably please you. The only takeaway of reduction is that a scar is necessary on the breast. The type of scar depends on the breast shape and size. Read more...
Pleasing. 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. Of course, potential risks should also be considered. Best wishes. Read more...
Good. A breast reduction will not only reduce the breasts, but also lift them. It's is done through a series of incisions that are shaped like a lollipop or an anchor depending upon how much needs to be removed. Read more...
Satisfying. Most patients seeking breast reduction have severe symptoms of back pain, shoulder pain, skin rashes and breast pain. Life improves dramatically after a breast reduction for these patients. Read more...
BR Candidate. 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. Read more...

How painful is a breast reduction procedure?

Not very painful. Most of the breast reduction patients I have treated describe chest wall soreness postop, kind of like having done too many pushups. The pain from this procedure should be easily controllable with medications such as vicodin and should only last for 3-7 days. Read more...
Moderately. Generally, most patients do very well after breast reduction surgery. This operation tends to be less painful than other operations such as breast augmentation or tummy tuck surgery. Most patients require pain medication for approximately one week after the procedure. Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. Read more...
Moderate. Breast reduction procedures are well tolerated by most patients. Read more...

Who should consider a breast reduction procedure?

Heavy breast symptom. Almost all breast reductions are done for symptoms caused by heavy large breasts: upper back and neck pain, shoulder grooving from the bra straps, and repeated fungal infections in the folds under the breasts. This is generally not a cosmetic procedure, because of the scarring it leaves. Sometimes, it is covered by medical insurance. Read more...
Size & Symptoms. Breast reduction is usually performed for women with large breasts and associated back, neck pain or shoulder pain. Read more...
Symptoms. An “ideal” patient for breast reduction surgery is one who presents with relatively large breasts in proportion to the remainder of her torso. These patients often present with neck, back, shoulder discomfort, bra strap grooving, postural changes, and occasionally with rashes/infections. This operation tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. Read more...

How longt does it take to schedule a breast reduction procedure?

Depends. Please discuss this with your plastic surgeon. Will depend on how quick the surgeon will schedule you. I don't think your insurance will cover for this procedure. However, if this is covered - that will then also depend on how quick you get the authorization from your insurance company-in addition to the surgeon's avalability. Read more...
Not long. But it's mostly not covered by insurance. So if there's a need to pay outside insurance that may delay the procedure. Read more...
Depends. This depends upon the surgeon's schedule and whether or not you need any preparatory work such as medical clearance from your doctor. It can also depend on the surgery center schedule. In my practice this can take a few weeks at times. Read more...
Depends on Situation. Generally, it may take several weeks or longer to schedule breast reduction surgery. Much will depend on the plastic surgeon's schedule as well as other factors such as insurance company involvement and/or medical workup necessary etc. Most patients find the wait worthwhile, given that breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. Read more...

How old does one have to be to have a breast reduction procedure?

No specific age. The youngest breast reduction patient I have treated was 15. She had so much neck pain that her pediatrician had obtained an mri, concerned that her symptoms were caused by a ruptured cervical disc. In fact, they were from the weight of her huge breasts. This, however, is unusual. Most breast reduction patients are in their mid 20s at the youngest. Read more...
It DEpends. Normally the earliest is after the breasts stop growing, at least 2vyears post menarche, or after age 18. Whichever is latest. Read more...
No Specific Age. There is no age restrictions (low or high) for breast reduction surgery. Every patient's situation is evaluated on an individual basis. There are teenagers who present with juvenile breast hypertrophy and suffer greatly, both physically and psychosocially, from disproportionately large breasts. They may be excellent candidates for breast reduction surgery, regardless of their age. Read more...

Will you experience loss of sensation in a breast reduction procedure?

Generally not. It depends somewhat on what technique is used, but most techniques should not cause any permanent loss of sensation. For very large reductions, sometimes the nipple/areola complexes are removed entirely and then replaced as skin grafts. In these cases, there will be no sensation in the grafted tissue, but these techniques are becoming less and less common. Read more...
It is possible. Any surgery can lead to temporary loss of sensation but most commonly there is complete return to normal although it may take months or even years. With breast reduction the vast majority of patients will have some temporary numbness but the majority will also regain full sensation within 2 years. Read more...

How can pills reduce dramatically to reduce couple sizes off your breasts instead of breast reduction procedure?

Surgery. Breast reduction is one of the most common operations performed by plastic surgeons. No natural supplements, pills or other "non-surgical" breast reductions can provide the same predictable, consistent results. Read more...
Not. There are no safe and/or effective nonsurgical means of breast reduction. There are however many creams, pills, and heavily marketed “technologies” that will tried to persuade women otherwise. Be careful that you do not waste your time and/or resources. On other hand, breast reduction surgery for the appropriately selected patient, tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we do. Read more...

Is there a breast reduction procedure which removes only the fatty tissue and not milk ducts?

If you are asking... Whether you can nurse after a breast reduction, the answer is probably yes. It depends on the technique used. The inferior pedicle technique, for example, leaves the central breast intact as well as its milk ducts and the nipple, so one should be able to nurse after this operation. Be sure to tell your surgeon if post-reduction nursing is important to you. Read more...
Yes. Breast reduction by liposuction can reduce the breast by removing only fat cells and not the milk ducts. However, it will not tighten the skin. Wearing compression garments will help the skin envelop shrink but if you have a lot of droop or minimal fat in the breasts, then traditional reduction is best. Most techniques can preserve enough glandular tissue/ducts that breast feeding is possible. Read more...
Not really... It is not practical as it is hard to see the difference between ducts and fat. There is liposuction, but it might damage the ducts a bit as well. Read more...
No. Breast reduction surgery generally involves removal of “excess” breast skin, adipose tissue, and breast tissue. Undoubtedly, within this breast tissue will be some milk ducts. However, most techniques today preserve a "pedicle" of breast tissue below the nipple/areola complexes; most patients are able to breast-feed after breast reduction surgery. I hope this answers your question. Read more...

Can a breast reduction procedure kill you?

Yes. Any surgical procedure carries with it a risk of death. That being said, in a healthy adult, the risk is low. Breast reduction surgery itself does not carry a higher risk of death than other surgical procedures. Read more...
Very small chance. The risk of death, in healthy individuals, for this surgery is less than 1 in50, 000. Choosing a board certified pastic surgeon with a lot of experience, who uses safe facilities and safe anesthesiologists will truly minimize this risk. Read more...
Extremely Rarely. Breast reduction surgery is quite safe. Every surgery carries common and unique risks, however, and the healthier you are, the lower your chances of experiencing a risk. Read more...
Unlikely. Death from breast reduction surgery would be extremely uncommon. The risk of death would most likely be related to anesthesia or a large blood clot traveling to the heart. This is typically an outpatient surgery and well tolerated. Read more...
Very Safe. Risks: infection, bleeding, seroma, hematoma, wound healing problems, abnormal scarring, loss of sensation, inability to breast-feed, breast asymmetry, necrosis of tissue or skin, unsatisfactory cosmetic results, unpredictability of exact cup size, recurrence of the breast hypertrophy, the potential for further surgery, venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia and death (very rare). Read more...