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Recent Study Supports Breast Reduction Surgery in Teenagers

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Breast reduction is one of the most common plastic surgical procedures performed in the United States. Large, heavy breasts can have a considerable impact on a  woman’s quality of life, and surgery can bring considerable physical and mental health improvements .  Teenagers with large breasts can also benefit from reduction surgery and the following review by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons of an article in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons supports these surgeries:

“In previous studies, Dr. Labow and his team have shown that young patients with large breasts suffer severely decreased quality of life compared to their unaffected peers, and that theBreast reduction is one of the most common plastic surgical procedures performed in the United States. Large, heavy breasts can have a considerable impact on a  woman’s quality of life, and surgery can bring considerable physical and mental health improvements .  Teenagers with large breasts can also benefit from reduction surgery and the following review by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons of an article in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons supports these surgeries: se negative effects can be restored with surgery. In an article published in the September 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgery  Dr Labow and colleagues stated that “Adolescent reduction mammaplasty remains controversial due to concerns of and lack of data regarding postoperative breast growth, complications, and the effect on well-being.”

Dr Labow and his researchers analyzed complications and their impact on quality of life in 512 adolescent girls and young women, aged 12 to 21, who underwent breast reduction surgery between 2008 and 2017. Outcomes showed that the benefits of breast reduction surgery were similar to those reported in previous studies: pain and other breast-related symptoms decreased, while physical well-being, psychosocial functioning, and self-esteem improved.

About one-third of patients developed some kind of complication – however, the “vast majority” of complications were minor. “Patients had significant postoperative improvements in their physical and psychosocial well-being regardless if they experienced a complication,” Dr. Labow and coauthors write.

The most common complication was thickened or raised scars (hypertrophic scarring), occurring in 20 percent of patients. Those concerned about scarring were offered treatment, either surgery or steroid injection.

One concern about reduction mammaplasty in adolescents is the risk of breast growth after surgery. This occurred in about five percent of patients in the study, leading to the return of breast-related symptoms in about half of cases. Noting that postoperative breast growth was unrelated to age, the researchers highlight the need to individually assess maturation in each patient.

While the benefits and risks of breast reduction surgery in adults are well-documented, few studies have focused on the risks and benefits of this procedure in adolescents and young women. Despite the fact that 80 percent of affected women first experience symptoms during adolescence, most women who undergo breast reduction surgery are around 50 years old.

The new study supports the good outcomes of breast reduction surgery in patients aged 12 to 21, despite a substantial risk of mostly minor complications. Dr. Labow and colleagues conclude: “Fear of potential complications should not preclude otherwise healthy patients from the benefits that reduction mammaplasty can provide adolescents.” “

Breast Lift or Breast Reduction?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Patients who have lost significant amounts of weight often are concerned about the appearance of their breasts.  For many patients they are unclear if the best procedure for them would be a breast reduction or a breast lift.  A breast lift (also called a  Mastopexy) repositions the breast on the chest wall but does not change the size of the breast. A breast reduction not only repositions the breast higher on the chest wall ( a lift) but also removes some of the breast tissue to make a smaller breast.  In some cases if a large enough amount of breast tissue is being removed a breast reduction may be covered by insurance.  A breast lift is not usually covered by insurance as it is considered a cosmetic procedure.  In some cases during a breast lift a breast implant will be placed in order to restore breast volume lost by pregnancy or weight loss.  If you are unclear about which procedure is best for you try and pinpoint what bothers you most about your breasts ( for example -   I don’t like the droopiness but I am happy with the size) and then the best procedure to address those issues can be chosen.