Painful tuberous breasts

I am 16 and have painful tuberous breasts...what are my options to fixing them and will insurance most likely cover it? I’ve had tuberous breasts for as long as I can remember but they started getting painful at about age 13... they are also quite ugly and I can’t stand looking at them...I think it’s about time I do something about it but I'm clueless on how to take the first steps.

Pain is not usually a symptom associated with Tuberous breasts. If you are experiencing pain you would benefit from a visit to your Gynecologist. Tuberous breasts are not uncommon. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will be able to evaluate you condition and recommend a treatment plan. You can find a qualified surgeon on this website. Best of luck.

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

Todd B. Koch, MD, FACS

6315 Sheridan Dr, Buffalo, NY,
UNITED STATES, 14221

Tuberous breasts while not normal in shape and appearance should not be painful. Certainly it is normal to feel tenderness around your period each month, but painful breasts should be examined by your gynecologist to make sure that there are no other causes for your discomfort.

As far as your cosmetic options, your next step would be to have your Mom help you locate a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery. You stated that you are under 18 and therefore cannot legally be seen or treated without the informed consent of a parent or legally authorized representative. A face-to-face or virtual consultation (Covid-19 world) would help you get an accurate diagnosis and learn about all of your future options. Although I have been performing surgery on tuberous breasts for almost 30 years, I can count the number of cases that I have performed on patients under 18 years of age. As far as insurance reimbursement, it is very, very unlikely that you will be able to get insurance coverage for a cosmetic deformity of the breast. You should not be discouraged though, and take this opportunity to get educated on all of your options. The first surgery you will undergo will effect every other surgical choice for the rest of your life, so do not rush, and take your time to get the best possible procedure.

Caroline A. Glicksman, MD, MSJ
Caroline A. Glicksman, MD, MSJ
2164 NJ-35Sea GirtNJ08750US

Caroline A. Glicksman, MD, MSJ

2164 NJ-35, Sea Girt, NJ, UNITED STATES,
08750