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Question posted by Amber B from Kansas City

I am 19 years old and want a reduction. My parents have pretty good insurance. I’m a 5’1″ and weight 110ibs with a size 34C  chest. I feel very out of proportion to my small body and wanting to know if I would be a good candidate for the surgery?

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  • Dear Amber,

    Thank you for your clinical
    post.  Mammary hypertrophy or enlarged
    breasts is a very common condition.  The
    reduction procedure can lead to significant scarring around the areola and
    under the breast in a lollipop or anchor shaped incision shape.  Due to the uncertainty of scar healing, you
    want to be sure that the breast reduction is right for you.  Signs and symptoms that generally lead
    patients to breast reduction include shoulder pain from bra straps,
    inflammation under the breast, neck and back pain from the enlarged breasts and
    generally when these symptoms are present then the scars from the breast
    reduction are generally worthwhile. 
    There are many things we can use to treat scars such as breast reduction
    scars such as lasers and other techniques can minimize their appearance.

    When the patients are young it is
    very important that they carefully consider the long-term consequences of
    cosmetic surgery such as breast reduction rather than rushing into it.  A long discussion with one or two plastic
    surgeons who perform breast reduction surgery and your parents would be in
    order and weigh the risks and the benefits. 
    There are other techniques such as ultrasonic liposuction and body
    liposuction techniques that can reduce the size of the breast gland, not lead
    to excessive drooping and still provide relief from the enlarged state without
    the scars.

    Carefully consider your options and
    I’m sure you’ll arrive at the best decision for you. For more information, visit:

    Best of luck.

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)

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