How old do I have to be to get breast reduction?

I'm 14 years old, and my breasts are too big for me even to cross my arms. It gets in the way with a lot of things, and I understand that they're going to grow back because of puberty. But I feel I really need this to be done. I'm only 14 and I'm a C cup.

What do I do?

Age alone is not a strict criteria, but taken into account along with anatomy, recent growth, body proportions, emotional status, etc. I have seen a few patients at this age, and deferred surgery pending semiannual reevaluation. Once breast growth has plateaued we consider planning the procedure. As far as cup size, most reduction patients are DD size before reduction is done. At that point, most health insurance companies will reimburse your expenses. Hope this helps.

Sutton L. Graham II, MD, FACS
Sutton L. Graham II, MD, FACS
615 Halton RdGreenvilleSC29607US

Sutton L. Graham II, MD, FACS

615 Halton Road, Suite 100, Greenville, SC,
29607-3403, US

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Generally, a person can undergo a breast reduction when they have finished growing. This is usually 2 years after menarche. Insurance companies have specific requirements before they will approve a Breast Reduction. Approval is based on symptoms, breast size, height and weight. I would consult with a plastic surgeon in your area to see if you qualify.

Todd B. Koch MD, FACS
Todd B. Koch MD, FACS
6315 Sheridan DrBuffaloNY14221US

Todd B. Koch MD, FACS

6315 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY,
14221, US

It depends. It is best to wait until your breasts (and you) stop growing and at 14 years old, you will probably continue to grow some. If you have the surgery before your breasts are done growing they may grow to a large size again -- surgery will not prevent the breasts from growing. Also, it depends on how you a planning on paying for the surgery. If you are hoping insurance will cover the procedure, many insurance companies require patients to be at least 18 years old. A C cup is really not that large and usually you need to be at least a DD before insurance covered is appropriate. Perhaps a properly fitted bra may help you feel better.

Good luck, Dr. Luong

Jacqueline A. Luong MD
Jacqueline A. Luong MD
6545 France Ave SEdinaMN55435US

Jacqueline A. Luong MD

6545 France Avenue S., Suite 350, Edina, MN,
55435, US

The female growth spurt is usually 11 to 13. So, you have probably already passed through it. Most breats reductions drop a minimum of TWO CUP SIZES after surgery. At a C cup you might want to consider waiting for a breast reduction? Best,

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

Gary R. Culbertson MD, FACS
Gary R. Culbertson MD, FACS
18 Miller RdSumterSC29150US

Gary R. Culbertson MD, FACS

Iris Surgery Center, 18 Miller Road, Sumter,
SC, 29150, US

As long as you are symptomatic and mature enough to understand the risks and benefits along with your parents it is reasonable to proceed. This is an operation that can make you feel a lot better during a very important time in your life. There is definitely an increased risk that they may continue to grow and you may need additional surgery in the future but as long as you understand that and it is part of your decision making then it is reasonable.

Clark F Schierle MD, PhD
Clark F Schierle MD, PhD
676 N St Clair StChicagoIL60611US

Clark F Schierle MD, PhD

676 N Saint Clair St #1575, Chicago, IL,
60611, USA