Breast Reduction Surgery Questions and Answers
Before having children, my breasts were 34B, after my first child they were 36D and now after my second child they are 38DD. They don't seem to reduce in size after I stop with breastfeeding and losing weight seems to have no affect other than making my breast size more obvious. My insurance company says that I'm not a candidate for breast reduction because of my weight. I am 5'2" small frame and weigh 180 lbs. My breast size is staying the same despite losing over 40 lbs. What weight should I be to qualify for breast reduction?- Leigh
From a plastic surgeon's point of view you are a candidate for breast reduction. If your insurance company has its own criteria to try to avoid coverage, then they need to tell you their guidelines. David M. Metzner, MD
-- David M. Metzner, MD
Q&A: I have very large breasts that cause me back/neck/shoulder pain. Should I have breast reduction surgery and when?
I am a 20 year old girl with a big problem--make that 2 big problms. I am 5'1", 110 pounds--and my breast size is 32 DD. I've been a DD since I was 16 years old. Having large breasts effects every aspect of my life, I dread going up and down stairs, running, etc. I am a college sophomore who is claimed as a dependent by my parents. My mother is highly opposed to a breast reduction--and I've wanted one since I was 14 years old. I have constant back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc. I know that I might not be able to breast feed and I know that there will be scars. But I also know that getting a breast reduction is something that I WILL do eventually. I just need some advice. Should I go ahead and do this now or should I wait? And if I do decide to wait, are there any options to help with the symptoms of having large breasts?? Thank you!- Carrie
Only you can decide whether or not to have breast reduction, and you are old enough to make this decision yourself. You certainly have sufficient problems to have it done now and I can see no advantage to delay. There is no non-surgical way to make them smaller. It is possible that liposuction of your breasts will make them lighter, though liposuction of the breasts is often less effective in someone your age than in an older woman. David M. Metzner, MD
--David M. Metzner, MD