Too young to have a breast reduction?
Am I too young to have breast reduction?
On occasion this decision can be one of the hardest decisions a young woman and her family has to make in regards breast reduction.
In the ideal world all women would have the option to defer a decision about breast reduction until well into their adult life (and preferably for most women until they have had the chance to attempt breast feeding if that is their preference).
Unfortunately we don't live in the ideal world and in rare instances a young woman and her family feels compelled to consider breast reduction at an early age.
See this video from Dr Burt around this topic below.
Technically the issues are the same as for breast reduction at any other age.
The important issues in considering very young women for breast reduction relate to assessing the potential psychological and social benefits of a procedure versus the potential psychological and social negatives which a breast reduction could produce.
In principle we (myself, family and friends) are going to try and support a young woman to get as far down the track as possible. Often coming along and having a consultation is an important part of the process. At a consultation I can often reassure a young woman that their concerns can and will be addressed but that it is best to wait for an optimal time so that we can get them their absolute best outcome. Once a young woman is confident one day they will have their problem addressed they can often live with the advice that now is not the best time to proceed but like all of us they need a workable plan.
Sometimes everyone concerned just has to accept the severity of a young woman's symptoms are so severe the risk /reward analysis justifies action and all of us have to have the courage to act appropriately.
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