Is There a Minimum Age for Breast Reduction?

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Is There a Minimum Age for Breast Reduction?

Women usually get breast reduction surgery to alleviate the physical problems that are caused by having oversized breasts. After surgery, the size is decreased and shape of the breasts is improved. Patients will experience greater comfort and commonly, a higher level of self-confidence. So when it comes to patient qualifications, is there an age requirement for breast reduction?

Although the ideal time that breast reduction surgery should be performed is after a woman is done with childbirth, this does not limit this procedure to a specific age. While it is recommended that women wait until they have reached adulthood before they undergo breast reduction surgery; if breasts are fully developed, then age is not as important a factor as many may think.

Oftentimes, younger teens desire breast reduction surgery because they have a difficult time participating in, or can no longer compete in, sports and other recreational activities. Due to the large size and/or heavy weight of their breasts, many women suffer from: back, neck and shoulder pain, regular indentations from bra strap, skin irritation beneath the breast crease, and stretched skin.

Every person’s body matures at a different rate, and at Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center of Texas, we believe that every patient should be physically healthy and at least age 15 years of age (with parental consent) to undergo breast reduction surgery. This procedure can be a very rewarding procedure for women of all ages, up to their 70s or older. As with any procedure there is a risk of complications, which is why it is of the utmost importance to choose a qualified plastic surgeon.

Our plastic surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and has performed breast reduction on women from many different age groups, producing outstanding results. If you think that you may be a candidate for this procedure, please call (972) 620-1700 to schedule a consultation.