If you are considering a breast reduction, what is the ideal age to have it performed? The answer is, it all depends on you and your unique situation. There are a couple of different scenarios to consider.
What Age is the Best Age?
Dr. Comizio is always open, honest and informative with her potential breast reduction patients. When asked the ideal time to have the surgery performed, her typical response to patients is, “It depends,” and usually accompanies that response with a series of questions. Typically, women looking for a breast reduction have large, natural breasts that cause them medical issues, including pain in the neck, back, and/or shoulders, deep and painful shoulder indentations from bra straps, and even migraine headaches. On the surface, it is logical to think the best time to have a breast reduction procedure performed is sooner rather than later. Often, a breast reduction can help alleviate pain and provide comfort and relief. However, it’s important to consider your goals for the future.
Considerations for Women of Childbearing Age
One of the primary reasons Dr. Comizio believes that timing of a breast reduction is personal, is because many women of childbearing age have different goals for family planning. Among those who think or know they want to have children, there are different goals and desires for breastfeeding. Breast reduction surgery includes incisions through breast ducts and can impact future breastfeeding – however, it is still possible to breastfeed after having breast reduction surgery. Success with breast feeding is not always guaranteed – regardless of whether a woman has had surgery on their breasts. Therefore, a general rule of thumb is if a women feels 100% confident she would like to breastfeed her children, it is usually recommended to wait until after they have completed pregnancy and lactation before having surgery. If there are issues breastfeeding, it will also help them eliminate breast reduction surgery as the cause. If a mom is open to formula feeding due to issues with breast feeding, it may be beneficial to have a smaller, more comfortable breast size prior to having children to alleviate any additional pain or issues.
Most women experience a fluctuation in their breast size with any hormonal changes, pregnancies, weight gain or menopause – which can all increase breast size. It’s important to keep that in mind when deciding on a breast reduction. For example, if a woman has a larger breast size G, she may grow to an H or I cup. If they decide to have a reduction to a size C, they may only end up with a D. Cup size is a personal preference based on size of origination, activity level and future goals. Dr. Comizio will go over all of your options in detail.
The Importance of a Consult
There are a variety of things to consider when it comes to determining the right age to have a breast reduction performed. Each candidate is different and unique, and therefore, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. This is why it’s so important to communicate with Dr. Comizio about your medical issues associated with your large breasts, as well as family planning goals if you’re of childbearing age. By working together, the two of you can determine the best possible timing to proceed with your breast reduction surgery.
To schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Comizio regarding breast reduction surgery, call her office today at (973) 775-9248.