Teen Breast Reduction: To Wait or Not To Wait

To wait or not to wait? This is a critical question when it comes to breast reduction for teens. Many young girls develop large breasts at a young age, which can bring on several concerns such as:

  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, and back
  • Poor posture
  • Difficulty finding clothes that fit
  • Poor body image
  • Inability to participate in certain sports/exercise
  • Headaches
  • Grooves in the shoulders from bra straps

As a young woman going through puberty, these issues can have more than just physical effects. The self-consciousness that comes with having large breasts so young can be difficult. I tell all of my young patients considering a breast reduction in Seattle to consider waiting until their breasts have fully formed before considering the procedure. The reason for this is because sometimes if a girl gets a breast reduction too early, the breasts can continue to grow and affect the results of the procedure.

While being physically ready for the procedure is important, being emotionally prepared is essential as well. The best way a young woman can find out if she is a candidate for a breast reduction is to speak with a qualified plastic surgeon. Together, they can assess whether she”s better off having the procedure at an early age or waiting a few more years so she can mature physically and emotionally.

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