Is 17 Too Young For Breast Reduction Surgery?
When you’re feeling uncomfortable, frustrated, or depressed because of your large or heavy breasts, you aren’t alone. Many Long Island, NY women struggle with this and seek relief with breast reduction surgery. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, we perform breast reduction surgeries for patients of all ages. During a one-on-one consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev, we can evaluate if a patient is a good candidate for surgery. Our knowledgable and caring surgeons can also explain the surgery process ahead and answer any questions that you or your parents may have. Ultimately, we can only perform surgery on patients who are younger than 18 with parental consent.
What is breast reduction surgery?
Surgical breast reduction is an outpatient treatment that is conducted while the patient is under general anesthesia. The length of your surgery will depend on the incision method we use and the degree of the reduction. Based on the complexity of your size and the overall reduction, we will use a vertical incision or an inverted T incision. We will reduce all breast fat and tissue, and tighten all remaining skin and tissue before suturing the incision closed.
Ideal candidates for breast reduction surgery
Having breasts that are too large for your body can cause pain and discomfort at any age.
Some of the most common signs that someone needs a breast reduction in Long Island, NY include:
Pain in the back, neck, and shoulder
Discomfort when exercising
Skin irritations or infections
Deep indentations from bra straps
Numbness or tingling in the hands or fingers
Emotional stress or anxiety regarding your breast size
Breast reduction surgery allows you to attain the body you want and reduce your pain. It is ideal for those who feel that their breasts limit how they can live their life. If you are at a healthy weight, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options.
How do I know if my child is too young for surgery?
This is something only you can choose for your child. It’s important that you feel they are emotionally ready for surgery, as it can be a challenging experience. The symptoms can be severe, and they need to be prepared to manage their emotions during recovery. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, we have successfully performed breast reduction surgeries on patients of varying ages. Wet ask that parents take the time to consider if their child is mature enough for the entire experience as recovery can last up to four weeks.
Do I qualify for breast reduction surgery?
If you’re in good health, at a stable weight, and don’t smoke, you can usually have breast reduction surgery at age 17 with parental consent. Oftentimes, our professional team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery can even get this procedure covered by your insurance. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev are skilled at performing this surgery and are committed to ensuring their patients are satisfied with the results. To schedule a consultation to determine if you’re a candidate for breast reduction surgery, call our Huntington, NY office today.