Large breasts can become a problem for teenage girls, especially those who develop large breasts earlier than their peers. Are there rules for how old you have to be to get a breast reduction? Because every patient is different, Dr. Greenberg will assess each woman to see if she would benefit from this procedure.
What is Breast Reduction?
Surgeons perform breast reductions in order to reduce excessive breast volume and decrease breast size. The surgery will also restore the areolas to their correct position. The procedure is normally performed on young women whose breasts have matured close to their final shape and size, often around the age of 18 or a bit older. However, some younger women struggle so much with their large breasts that a breast reduction may offer significant benefits.
How Does Breast Reduction Work?
During a breast reduction, Dr. Greenberg will use an incision to access the breast tissue. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue, and excess skin, decreasing the volume of the breast and raising it up to a more normal position. The surgeon will also correct the position of the areola, so it sits in its proper location.
How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Breast Reduction?
Rather than a set of rules for who can and cannot get a breast reduction, Dr. Greenberg will assess each patient, their physical maturity, including breast development, and how significantly their large breasts have affected their lives. Young women in their mid-teens will sometimes meet the criteria, although their breasts may continue to grow. In general, most surgeons recommend waiting until breast development has concluded if the woman can wait.
Benefits of Getting a Breast Reduction
Getting a breast reduction offers many benefits besides just smaller breasts. Some reasons why women choose breast reduction include:
- Finding clothes that fit comfortably and appropriately
- Improved ability to exercise and engage in physical activity without discomfort
- Relief of pain in the shoulders, back, and neck
- More comfortable sleep
- Decreased self-consciousness about breasts
Many women feel much more comfortable both physically and mentally after breast reduction. Simply being able to go about your day without constant awareness of your uncomfortable breasts can feel very liberating.
How Much is a Breast Reduction?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast reduction costs $5913 on average. This does not include anesthesia, medications, hospital fees, or other expenses, and it will vary depending on the surgeon, your location, and the complexity of the surgery.
Take the Next Step
Want to learn more about what you can expect from breast reduction? Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). (407) 644-3137