Question regarding Breast Reduction in Under 18 Year Olds

Question :

Hello, I am 12 years old and I would like to get a Breast Reduction.

I am 5ft and size 32c. I don’t suffer from any health problems due to their size, so I understand that i don’t really need it: i only want it because I feel my breasts are too big and I want to be able to exercise and look good in clothes I wear. What are the risks that i will be taking if I had a Breast Reduction?

Thank you for your advice.

Answer :

Thank you for your enquiry.

Unfortunately we do not usually perform Breast Reduction surgery on people who are 12. This is because your bust has not fully developed. Most Plastic Surgeons prefer to wait for you to be 18 before thinking about possible surgery.

In some cases Breast Reduction surgery can be performed earlier- this is normally when your bust develops very quickly to a G or H cup which causes back and neck ache as well as difficulty wearing clothes.

In terms of risks and side effects of Breast Reduction surgery, although Breast Reduction procedures are normally safe, any Surgical procedure carries an element of risk which is why it must be thought through very carefully and discussed at length with your Surgeon. By researching and going to a good, BAAPS-registered Surgeon and equally competent anaesthetist you significantly decrease these risks. You should expect to need 1-2 weeks off work to recover, and approximately 6-8 weeks to return to your maximum normal daily activities. The slight possibility of not being able to breastfeed after breast reduction (though this is not always the case), decreased sensitivity in the nipples and extent of scarring should also be discussed thoroughly with your surgeon and carefully weighed up.  Aurora Clinics offer FREE consultations with our surgeons to discuss your options and talk about the Pros and Cons of surgery in more detail.

Please feel free to contact us on 01844 214 362 if you feel we can be of any more help.

With Best Wishes,
The Aurora Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Team.

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2 Responses to “Question regarding Breast Reduction in Under 18 Year Olds”

  • sara o says:

    hello, i just recently turned 14 and i most deffinatelty want a breast reduction. maby even need. i am 5ft 6 and half and my current bra size is a 38H. i have always had large breasts for my age but it has now come to a point were the pain is rediculous. i have back pains and bad posture because they are so heavy and they are very sensitive in the nipular area. i dont care about pain during recovery but i cant seem to enjoy my life with this huge weight. please let me know if there are any doctors that help me. thanks

  • sbrechon says:

    Thank you for your comment and for reading our Blog,
    As you can see, Aurora Clinics do generally recommend that you wait until you are 18 years of age for surgery to your Breasts.

    The reason for this is that your breasts have not fully finished developing before this point, so even after surgery they may continue to grow greatly afterwards. It would ideally be better to wait until they have finished growing and then have surgery to reduce them if you still wish to at that stage.

    However, in extreme cases where the size and weight is causing exceptional pain (and with a GP referral), we may consider operating on slightly younger patients on a case-by-case basis.

    We would recommend that you make an appointment to see your GP, ask what he thinks and whether he would be happy to give you a referral due to the extreme discomfort. If so, why not come to see us for a Free Consultation (you can schedule this by calling 0800 328 5743) just to talk over your options and get some advice about the best way forward for you.

    Best wishes,

    The Aurora Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Team

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