I am 16 and my bra size is a 42K. Am I too young for a breast reduction?

My neck and back cause me pain sometimes. I'm only 16 but my breast size is getting out of hand in my opinion. Am I too young for a breast reduction?

This is a tricky question. Typically it may be difficult for 16 years to process all the requirements of surgery and recovery. Having said that, with excessively large breasts that can diminish a 16 years self esteem in addition to the physical problems associated with excessive large breast breast reduction is warranted. Please have consultations with several plastic surgeons.

Best wishes

Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS, FACS
Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS, FACS
3096 Peachtree Industrial BlvdDuluthGA30097US

Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS, FACS

3096 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Duluth, GA,
UNITED STATES, 30097

There is no certain age limit regarding this procedure as long as you are able to understand and consent to what breast reduction entails, including risks, recovery, complications etc. Legally an authorisation from your parents is necessary prior to any intervention of this kind. Constant serious physical discomfort that significantly alters posture, breathing, ability to exercise is one thing and psychological effects along with lifestyle alterations and fashion demands through social media is another. Sometimes at the age of 16 you are not really sure what you really want and the risk of changing your mind after few months is there. Make sure that during the consultation you comprehend 100% all the details of this procedure including permanent scarring, possible sensitivity alterations, and desired size. I hope this was helpful enough. Thank you

Ioannis Michael Salivaras MD
Ioannis Michael Salivaras MD

Ioannis Michael Salivaras MD

There is no age cut off for when a Breast Reduction is appropriate. It comes down to how bad the problem is and the risks associated with the surgery. Health, height and weight play a part in that decision. If you are in good health and have a reasonable BMI, then you may be a good candidate for surgery. Your parents must be part of the decision making process since you are under 18, and Insurance may or may not pay for it due to your age.

Be sure you find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Good Luck

Daniel Markmann, MD
Daniel Markmann, MD
9171 Baltimore National PikeEllicott CityMD21042US

Daniel Markmann, MD

9171 Baltimore National Pike, #205,
Ellicott City, MD, UNITED STATES, 21042

I agree with all of the very good answers provided. Surgery as a young women is indidiualized and the understanding and support of your parents is critical. You will be advised that although a breast reduction in the right candidate can be very helpful for you in terms of clothing, exercise, self-confidence, there are aspects you should be very aware of. There will be scarring, you may not be able to breast feed in the future and there is a chance your breast size could increase from hormonal or diet influence possibly leading to a revision surgery. You are smart to visit this site. You should look for the find a surgeon section to find a board-certified plastic surgeon you can visit with your parents.

Dr. Edwards

Michael C. Edwards, MD, FACS
Michael C. Edwards, MD, FACS
8530 W Sunset RdLas VegasNV89113US

Michael C. Edwards, MD, FACS

8530 W Sunset Rd, #130, Las Vegas, NV,
UNITED STATES, 89113

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You are not too young for a breast reduction as long as your parents/guardians support your decision. However if you are hoping insurance will cover the procedure, some policies require patients to be 18 years of age or older. See a board certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a candidate and help figure out the insurance issues.

Good luck,

Dr. Luong

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

Jacqueline A. Luong, MD

6545 France Ave S, #350, Edina, MN,
UNITED STATES, 55435

If you are mature enough to understand what's involved and your parents are willing to provide informed consent on your behalf then you can undergo the procedure. A board certified plastic surgeon with experience in breast reduction should be able to help determine if you are a good surgical candidate.

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

Clark F Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS

676 N St Clair St, #1575, Chicago, IL,
UNITED STATES, 60611

Though you are young, you're not too young for a breast reduction. Your breast size is very large and probably makes your life difficult in many ways on a daily basis. In my experience, women that have waited to have a breast reduction later in life often suffer with neck pain, back pain, and other issues. They frequently say that they wish they had undergone a breast reduction years ago. As long as you're healthy and able to have surgery, you're probably a great candidate for a breast reduction. of course, you'll need your parents consent so I would include them in your consultations and planning. I'd recommend you schedule a few consultations with board certified doctors in your area. You can find many options at smartbeautyguide.com Best of luck!

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Adam J. Rubinstein, MD, FACS
Adam J. Rubinstein, MD, FACS
2999 NE 191st StMiamiFL33180US

Adam J. Rubinstein, MD, FACS

2999 NE 191st St, #PH6, Miami, FL,
UNITED STATES, 33180

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The simple answer is no, you are not too young for a breast reduction if you and your parents have fully discussed the procedure and the consequences with your plastic surgeon. However, you may not be a candidate at this time for the surgery. The fact that you wear a 42 band size bra indicates that you are significantly overweight. Even if your chest measurement is somewhat smaller than 42 in., you are still overweight. The first thing you should do is lose weight to a normal BMI of at most 27 or, preferably, 25. Once you have done this and your breasts are still very large (which they probably will be) and you still have symptoms, you can reconsider a breast reduction.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Robert T. Buchanan, MD
209 Hospital DrHighlandsNC28741US

Robert T. Buchanan, MD

209 Hospital Dr, #202, Highlands, NC,
UNITED STATES, 28741

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