When Is the Right Age to Get a Breast Reduction?

Posted on: August 31, 2022 In: Breast Reduction, Plastic Surgery

If you have large, heavy breasts that are causing constant discomfort, you may be wondering if a breast reduction is right for you. No matter your age, if you are in a healthy condition and want to reduce the size of your breasts, this is your decision. Keep reading to learn whether you are at the right age for breast reduction.

Breast Reduction Procedure

Breast reduction uses a combination of liposuction and surgical incisions to remove fat and breast tissue. After this tissue is removed, your breasts will be reshaped and repositioned on the chest, based on your desired appearance. Your goals will be discussed during your consultation and Dr. Colony will ask several questions to ensure you achieve your best breasts.

Breast Reduction Candidates

Not only can large breasts make you feel self-conscious, but they can also cause significant problems such as shoulder or back pain, numbness, loss of nipple sensation, poor posture, and difficulty finding clothes that fit properly. If you have large breasts and are wearing a bra that is too small, this can create painful indentations around the bra straps. If you are dealing with these symptoms because of the size of your breasts, you may be a great candidate for breast reduction. 

Best Age for Breast Reduction

There is no age limit for breast reduction. Each case is determined separately based on the patient’s symptoms, goals, and unique anatomy. Most women choose to wait until their breasts have stopped developing, which is usually between the ages of 18-20. However, this varies from patient to patient and the proper course of action will be determined on an individualized, case-by-case basis. 

Another common concern for patients determining when to receive their breast reduction is whether it should be done before or after pregnancy. Some women choose to wait to have a breast reduction as pregnancy and breastfeeding may alter the shape and size of their breasts. However, if your breasts are making you self-conscious or causing problems such as back and shoulder pain, you might not want to wait. Ultimately, the decision is up to you. It is important to note that many breast reduction patients will still be able to breastfeed in the future. 

Schedule a Consultation

If you believe smaller breasts would improve your quality of life, visit Dr. Lee H. Colony at Michigan Plastic Surgery in East Lansing, MI to determine if you are a candidate for a breast reduction. Schedule a consultation by calling our office or filling out an online contact form.