Topic: Day case surgical procedures
July 18, 2019 / By Davina Question:
I'm 15 and I have a D36 bra size. My breasts are saggy and causing a lot of back pains. My mom is okay with me fixing the problem, but she wants me to find out information on the Breast Reduction procedure. I'm a little embarrassed and need help with some finding some things. I have looked up the age, but I cannot find one. Any information you have will help me.
Brenda | 9 days ago
Breast Reduction - Surgery Overview - Removes some tissue & skin from breasts to reshape & reduce size. Can make area of dark skin surrounding nipple (areola ) smaller. - To remove tissue & skin, surgeon first makes one or more cuts in breast. After excess tissue & skin removed, skin is closed with stitches. Sometimes nipple & areola have to be removed & stitched to new spot. Can cause loss of feeling in nipple, since it has to be cut off from nerves supplying it. Surgery done in hospital/surgical centre using general anesthesia. Usually takes 3 to 5 hours. Overnight stay is not usually required. - Breast lift (mastopexy) is similar to reduction, except that in most cases only skin is removed for a breast lift. Lift can raise sagging or drooping breasts, a common problem with large, heavy breasts, & can elevate nipple & areola. Excess skin from bottom of breast & area around areola is removed. Remaining skin brought together, which tightens & raises breast.
What To Expect After Surgery - Immediately after, gauze placed over incisions, & breasts wrapped in elastic bandage or supported with special surgical bra. In some cases, a small tube, in each breast to help drain blood & fluid first couple of days. Stitches may be removed in 1 - 2 weeks. - Most women have some pain first few days & then milder discomfort for week or longer. Meds can help relieve pain. Swelling & bruising may last for several weeks. Wearing surgical bra 24hrs a day can reduce swelling & support breasts while they heal. - You will likely resume normal work & social activities within couple of weeks, unless activities involve heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. May need to avoid more vigorous exercise & activities 3 to 4 weeks or more. It's important to wear a bra that supports well, (sports or athletic bra). Will have visible scars after surgery. Most always in areas that can be covered by bra/swimsuit. Scars may fade over time, but they will not disappear.
Why It Is Done - To change size, weight, firmness, & shape of breasts. You may decide to have surgery to: - Feel more comfortable. Large, heavy breasts can cause back & neck pain, skin irritation, & posture problems. Constant pull of heavy breasts may make bra straps leave painful indentations in woman's shoulders. Surgery can eliminate these problems most cases. - Reduce limitations that large, heavy breasts place on sports or other activities. Some activities may be painful or awkward with large breasts. - Alter your appearance. Large breasts, especially when they are out of proportion to your height & weight, can be embarrassing. Teenagers/young women may especially feel self-conscious wearing swimsuits & other types of clothing due to unwelcome attention to breasts. May be difficult to find clothes that fit well.
How Well It Works - Women who have had surgery are often extremely satisfied. Can make breasts smaller, firmer, lighter, & more evenly proportioned. Usually relieves physical discomfort & pain caused. Results are considered permanent. May become larger or their shape change as result of pregnancy, weight gain, or weight loss.
Risks - Most common risks include: - Scars. Surgery always leaves visible scars, but how bad varies from person to person & by type of incision. Although red & swollen at first, scars typically fade over time. May remain very noticeable long after. Fortunately, incisions usually can be limited to areas that can be covered by a bra. - Unevenly positioned nipples, or breasts that are not same size or shape. - Loss of feeling in nipples or breasts. Often temporary, lasting a few months, but in some lasts much longer or becomes permanent. Some women with large breasts do not have a lot of feeling before surgery, this may not be a concern. - Inability to breast-feed. Some may still be able to breast-feed, depending on what type of reduction was done. - Less commonly, damage to breast's blood supply may occur. This may delay skin's healing process. Loss of part or all of nipple & areola can also occur, but not common.
Other risks of include: - Excessive bleeding. - Infection. - Reaction to anesthesia. - Blood clots in large veins travelling up to heart & lungs (pulmonary embolism ). This is not common. - These risks can be serious or even life-threatening, but they rarely occur.
What To Think About - May make breast-feeding difficult or impossible in future, although some women may still be able to. - If you are thinking about having a breast reduction, contact your health plan or private insurance company. Some health plans or private insurers may cover some or all of costs if it is being done to relieve back pain, skin problems, or other medical problems caused by large or heavy breasts. They generally will not cover surgery being done solely to change appearance of breasts, because it is not considered a medically necessary procedure when done for this reason.
Definitely get a breast reduction. The positives you will gain from a reduction will far outweigh any negatives you will come across. I'd probably talk to your paediatrician first after your parents obviously. But you do need to go in very well informed and know exactly what you're talking about. Make sure you've done your research. I suffered with E/F cups all through high school and hated it, got mocked from girls, called a 'slut', and got unwelcome attention from guys, as soon as I turned 18, I got a reduction and it was the best thing I ever did. I don't think it makes much difference at what age you get a reduction, admittedly, you are young and you are still growing, but even at 18, (when you're body has supposedly matured and stopped growing) you're shape is still changing a lot. Drew Barrymore got a reduction when she was 14/15 and it seems to have really worked for her. Just make sure you really talk to you're cosmetic surgeon if you go ahead because things can come up in surgery and you both need to be clear what should happen, for example, I wanted B/C cups, unfortunately, my surgeon found if he reduced that much he would have to completely remove and re-sew my nipple which can have adverse effects, and thought it better not to continue reducing so I haven't ended up as small as I wanted to be. But good luck and I hope it works out for you. It's not as extreme as it may sound. I don't think most people realise the pain.
You may just be wearing the wrong bras. Because 36D isn't too big. The wrong bra can cause this so try using a more supportive bra for a while.
If you're getting it done privately then i'm not sure if there is a minimum age, but they will probably want to make sure you have finished growing.
A Breast Reduction procedure may be vitual, If the breasts are causing back pains, you can have breast reduction surgery. Theres no specific age.