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Too young to have a breast reduction?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 20 July 2015

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.

Dr Jamie BurtAuthor: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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