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Am I too old to have a breast reduction

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 27 July 2015

When is too old to have a breast reduction?

There is no hard rule as to when you may be too old to consider breast reduction. Currently it is uncommon for women over 65 years to choose to have a breast reduction.

Accepted age limits for all medical treatments are constantly being revised as more and more people are living very long healthy lives. Most people (particularly women) don't seem to realize how long they are going to live.  Currently a female child born in Australia is likely to live to 84 years but more relevantly  a woman who reaches the age of 65 years in Australia is likely to live to be 90 or beyond  (and these figures are getting better  much quicker than the statisticians predict).
The standard approach in assessing any person for any medical procedure in Australia is  no longer age based ( and has not been for a long time now). No one is denied surgery for any problem based purely on their age. So if you are a 68 or 70 year old healthy active  woman and your breasts are a significant source of  difficulties you are absolutely entitled to come along and talk about your individual situation and consider breast reduction as an option.

Here is a video where Dr Burt explains this important issue

It is important to note ultimately you make the decision about whether you proceed the doctor's role is to give you high quality information so you can make and informed decision.

It is also important to understand that there is  some evidence to suggest  women who have a breast reduction significantly reduce their risk of breast cancer. In the over 50 age group the risk reduction may be up to 40 %.

Author: Dr Jamie Burt
About: Dr Jamie Burt was born and educated in Melbourne, attending the University of Melbourne and graduating with MBBS in 1998. He is a member of the Senior Medical Staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, and was Head of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute until 2004. Known for his respectful, informative, and caring approach, Jamie has been caring for women with breast reduction concerns for over 15 years. During this time, one moment stands out as defining what he aims to achieve with The Breast Reduction Clinic.
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