What is the Best Age for Breast Reduction?

July 6, 2012

Contra Costa County women have asked Dr. Delgado, “What is the best age for a breast reduction?” A breast reduction also known as reduction mammoplasty can be done at almost any age, even in the late teens. Ideally the woman should wait until her breasts have fully developed or a second surgery may be necessary.

Breast reduction surgery is one of the highest patient satisfaction procedures there is. For the woman with large, pendulous breasts, the discomfort comes from many sources. The extra weight can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, and grooving in the shoulders from the bra straps. Some women develop rashes under the breast tissue. The psychological issues are many, from teasing in school and much unwanted attention. Finding clothing to fit properly is always a challenge. With all of these issues to deal with, women of all ages seek surgical correction and then wonder why they waited so long.

Other than waiting until the breasts have finished developing, a woman may want to hold off on surgery until after having children as pregnancy can cause the breasts to change. It may be more difficult or not possible to breast feed after surgery. These are all important issues to discuss with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Delgado who sees patients in the entire San Francisco Bay Area and many out of state patients. See the section for “out of town patients” on Dr. Delgado’s main Breast Reduction website for arranging a phone consultation and easy travel arrangements.


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