Am I old enough to get a breast reduction?

I am 17 and wear a 32 FF. Im in desperate need of a breast reduction. I can't handle the pain in my neck and back and not being able to find my size bra very many places. My breasts feel so tender when i work. Am i old enough for the procedure?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (6)


Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery

Breast development will vary from one individual to the next. Development begins with the onset of puberty. This process may continue until a young woman reaches her mid 20's. For some, it will begin early and others late. Some will have significant growth while others very little, both of which can be a source of distress.

With regards to your specific question, it is not uncommon to have breast growth that continues until your mid 20's (the average in the literature is 24 years). While hard to imagine, you may still have some development ahead of you. There is no age at which to consider surgery. The decision is more a function of stability.

In addition, it is important to remember that the breast is both gland and fat. Breast development is obviously hormonally sensitive; however, breast size will also be sensitive to weight gain/loss. Thus, weight gain can play a role in stability as well.

Once growth has stabilized, I would encourage you to seek out consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ASPS). In my experience, reduction patients are among the most satisfied, reporting a life-changing experience (for the better).

Published on Nov 29, 2018

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

Breast development will vary from one individual to the next. Development begins with the onset of puberty. This process may continue until a young woman reaches her mid 20's. For some, it will begin early and others late. Some will have significant growth while others very little, both of which can be a source of distress.

With regards to your specific question, it is not uncommon to have breast growth that continues until your mid 20's (the average in the literature is 24 years). While hard to imagine, you may still have some development ahead of you. There is no age at which to consider surgery. The decision is more a function of stability.

In addition, it is important to remember that the breast is both gland and fat. Breast development is obviously hormonally sensitive; however, breast size will also be sensitive to weight gain/loss. Thus, weight gain can play a role in stability as well.

Once growth has stabilized, I would encourage you to seek out consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ASPS). In my experience, reduction patients are among the most satisfied, reporting a life-changing experience (for the better).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

Yes, you can have a breast reduction. However, because of your age, you'd need parental permission unless you are emancipated.

Published on Jun 03, 2016

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Answered by Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

Yes, you can have a breast reduction. However, because of your age, you'd need parental permission unless you are emancipated.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Sean Kelishadi, M.D.

Hello and thank you for your question. You should schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon and assess your candidacy for this procedure.

Published on Apr 25, 2016

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Answered by Sean Kelishadi, M.D.

Hello and thank you for your question. You should schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon and assess your candidacy for this procedure.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Edward Domanskis M.D.

Yes. I have done breast reductions on patients even younger. I know that it can be a big problem. We try and get it covered by your insurance. It can be done as an outpatient procedure, and you would need to be in the area about four days.

Published on Mar 12, 2016

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Answered by Edward Domanskis M.D.

Yes. I have done breast reductions on patients even younger. I know that it can be a big problem. We try and get it covered by your insurance. It can be done as an outpatient procedure, and you would need to be in the area about four days.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Randy Proffitt, MD, F.A.C.S.

There is no age requirement to have a breast reduction. Some insurance companies, and I think it is a good idea, require that your breasts have not grown for 1-2 years. You don't want to have the surgery while your breasts are still growing, or you may need the surgery repeated. I have done the surgery on patients as young as 14 before. Some insurance companies may even require a note from the patient's pediatrician attesting that the breasts have stopped growing.

Published on Mar 10, 2016

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Answered by Randy Proffitt, MD, F.A.C.S.

There is no age requirement to have a breast reduction. Some insurance companies, and I think it is a good idea, require that your breasts have not grown for 1-2 years. You don't want to have the surgery while your breasts are still growing, or you may need the surgery repeated. I have done the surgery on patients as young as 14 before. Some insurance companies may even require a note from the patient's pediatrician attesting that the breasts have stopped growing.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by David C. Yao MD, FACS

Minors are potential candidates for breast reduction surgery. A patient and parent(s) should see a board-certied plastic surgeon to discuss candidacy and expectations. Best wishes!

Published on Mar 09, 2016

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Answered by David C. Yao MD, FACS

Minors are potential candidates for breast reduction surgery. A patient and parent(s) should see a board-certied plastic surgeon to discuss candidacy and expectations. Best wishes!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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