Getting through high school is difficult enough with homework and navigating social circles. But many teenage girls also face excruciating back pain and unwanted attention because of large breasts. And the physical and emotional problems are enough to see an increase in breast reduction surgery among high school-age females.
Local10.com posted a story about the rising trend in teen girls getting breast reduction operations. Dr. Jonathan Weiser, plastic surgeon at Memorial Healthcare, says that his adolescent patient consultations are those with considerable issues.
Dr. Weiser mentioned the problems, both physical—including back, neck and shoulder pain—and social. He recommends seeking treatment early, as “some of these factors, if not treated when they’re young, get worse over time.”
Deeming candidates to be appropriate is the key to a successful procedure, as the patient may still be growing physically. Dr. Weiser says that a review of bra sizes over several months is helpful, as “if they have changed their size in well over a year, we can feel pretty confident they’re done growing.”
The patient’s reasoning and expectations for the surgery are just as important, says Dr. Weiser. He wants to be sure the teen is seeking the procedure—not friends or parents—and to understand what will happen after the operation.
Those aftereffects include noticeable scars, loss of sensation in the nipple region, and the potential to not be able to breastfeed. Weight gain from pregnancy is seen in the breasts, and it does not go away after birth—meaning a potential reduction in the future.