Can a 15 year old get a breast reduction?

My daughter is 15 and she has really bad neck, back pain, and she can’t stand up for long times, as well as a few other symptoms of her breasts being too large. Her breasts are currently a 36G-GG depending on the bra and they started growing in 4th grade (she is now a high school sophomore.) She is 5’4” and 150lbs. She is extremely self conscious and can never find anything that fits her body. She exercises around 3 times a weeks and eats a relatively balanced diet and eats in normal portion sizes. She really just wants to be able to feel good about her body and not be in pain constantly.

The answer is really simple, yes. There are not only profound physical issues surrounding massive breast development, but perhaps even more significant at her age are the psychological and social ramifications of anxiety and depression and decreased self-esteem. It is obviously important that she not be morbidly obese, has completed the majority of her bone growth, and does not have any other medical conditions that would make the elective surgery more risky. The overwhelming majority of young women who undergo a breast reduction report physical and psychological improvement. The next steps would be to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery. Finally, whether or not you will be able to obtain insurance coverage for your daughter's surgery depends on many changing factors related to your specific health insurance plan.

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

Yes. It definitely can be done at age 15. But, I always warn young women and their parents that there is a chance that she will need to get it done again. Many women's breasts continue to grow up to age 22. And, since breasts contain fat, they can get larger at any age with weight gain. Therefore, if she is overweight, it might be a better option to have her lose the weight.

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

A breast reduction can be done for a 16 year old if symptoms are severe enough. Start with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and make sure her pediatrician has evaluated her also.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD
Karol A. Gutowski, MD
2300 Chestnut AveGlenviewIL60026US

Karol A. Gutowski, MD

2300 Chestnut Ave, Glenview, IL,
UNITED STATES, 60026