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What Age Can You Get a Breast Reduction?

what age can you get a breast reduction

Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)

Large breasts – or breast hypertrophy – can be a problem for women of all ages. 

In general, cosmetic surgeons will require breast reduction candidates to be at least 18 years old, as, at this stage of life, breasts are usually fully developed. 

In some circumstances, patients younger than 18 years old can undergo a reduction. However, the CREO Clinic does not perform any cosmetic surgery on patients under 18.

Ideal Age for Breast Reduction

Above the age of 18, there is no ideal age for breast reduction surgery, as the issues presented by overly large breasts can affect women at any stage of life. A reduction can be an effective solution to these issues regardless of age.

Under 18 Years Old

Sometimes breasts can develop to a large size at a young age, causing a variety of often painful symptoms, such as acute neck and back pain or poor posture. In such cases, it can be necessary to examine the potential benefits of breast reduction. 

In the UK, it is very unusual for plastic surgeons to perform a breast reduction on minors. In fact, the CREO Clinic will only do so on adults. 

A reduction is a deeply personal decision, and all elements of the surgery should be carefully discussed with an experienced surgeon who can work with you to make a tailored treatment plan.

Factors to Consider When Getting a Breast Reduction Under 18

Before deciding to have a breast reduction procedure when under 18, it is crucial to be as informed as possible about all aspects of the operation. 

Young Women

Conducting a reduction on breasts that are still growing can lead to poorer outcomes. For this reason, it is usually preferable to perform breast reductions on women over 18. 

Despite this general rule, some young women may be suffering significantly from the negative physical and aesthetic consequences of overly large breasts and can benefit from earlier intervention. 

After Childbearing

While women can breastfeed after a breast reduction surgery, the operation can impact the amount of milk produced. A very small percentage of women are unable to produce any milk following the cosmetic procedure.

Women of any age considering having a family in the near future are usually advised to consider waiting until after they are done with breastfeeding before having a reduction.

Over 40 Years Old

The painful consequences of larger breasts frequently worsen over your lifetime, becoming more acute over 40 years old. Some women wish to find a solution to their breast-related issues as they enter their 60s.

In this phase of life women have often finished having children, which can make these years the perfect time to have breast reduction surgery.

Average Age for Breast Reduction

Breast reduction can be a solution to the complications of heavier breasts at any age. However, more often than not, it is women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who elect to undergo the cosmetic surgery. 

This is most likely due to the increased severity of the problems caused by having a larger bust as you get older.

Benefits of a Breast Reduction

There are an array of positive effects from a breast reduction with the potential to bring a dramatic boost to your quality of life.

  • Heavy breasts are often an impediment to free movement; they can cause chafing or act as a physical barrier that makes some activities too difficult. Removing the excess weight can allow for a more active lifestyle.
  • A breast reduction can be an extremely effective way to relieve chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain associated with larger breasts. 

Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today

Dr. Omar Tillo is a breast reduction specialist with a wealth of experience who will use his expertise to collaborate with you on a treatment plan designed to suit your specific needs. 

If you are interested in breast reduction surgery, book today with Dr Omar Tillo, the CREO Clinic’s double-board certified surgeon.

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