What Is the Right Age for Breast Reduction Surgery?


Overly large breasts can cause problems such as back and neck pain, poor posture, spinal deformity, and low self-confidence. Women with oversized breasts can eliminate their discomforts by undergoing breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty. This essay discusses the ideal age for breast reduction and answers some of your frequently asked questions.

Right Age for Breast Reduction Surgery

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Macromastia is a medical term that refers to the abnormal enlargement of the breast tissues and glands. In addition to its aesthetic problems, macromastia can cause physical pain, emotional distress, and limitation in daily activities. People with oversized breasts suffer from shoulder, neck, and back pain, severe headaches, and skin irritations.

Macromastia cannot be treated by regular exercise and diet, so patients should undergo breast reduction surgery to reshape their breasts and eliminate discomfort. In general, people get reduction mammaplasty due to the following reasons:

  • Downsizing and reshaping the breasts;
  • Reliving the pain in the back, neck, and shoulders;
  • Reducing emotional distress;
  • Eliminating skin infections and rashes under the breasts;
  • Reducing the size of the areola area;
  • Reducing the excess breast skin;
  • Boosting self-esteem and sexual enjoyment;
  • Being able to do daily activities easier;
  • Improving the quality of sleep.


Breast reduction surgery is a plastic body surgery
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The Best Age for Breast Reduction

Many think that only older women struggle with the problems of overly large breasts; however, younger girls also suffer from its unpleasant symptoms. Although there is no official age restriction for breast reduction, most surgeons recommend postponing this surgery until 18 as the breasts may redevelop after adolescence. 

It is noteworthy that in certain situations where the patient suffers from chronic pain caused by large breasts, the surgeon may perform the surgery when she is under 18. 

In general, doctors consider the following factors before determining the best age for breasts reduction:

  • The health condition of the patient. The healthier you are, the sooner you can get reduction mammaplasty;
  • The severity of pain and discomfort related to enlarged breasts. If you have an unbearable sore in your neck and shoulder or your breasts are causing spinal deformity, the doctor suggests performing surgery as soon as possible;
  • Determination of the patient to treat macromastia. Undergoing an extensive surgery such as breast reduction needs psychological maturity as the results of this operation are permanent. Therefore, you must be determined to reduce the size and shape of your overly large breasts.


Best Age for a Breast Reduction

Am I Too Old for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Many women over the age of 45 wonders if they are too old for breast reduction surgery. Interestingly, this surgery is more prevalent among more mature women as they suffer from complications of macromastia due to hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, and weight gain. According to the studies, breast reduction is safe for women over the age of 45 and improves their general health. 

However, it should be noted that if you are above 50 and have serious health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, a history of stroke, mental retardation, or congenital malformations, you have to reconsider getting breast reduction surgery.

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Am I Too Old for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast Reduction for Women of Childbearing Age

If you are at the childbearing age and intend to get pregnant and breastfeed in the future, you should discuss it with your surgeon because reduction mammaplasty involves incisions through milk ducts and your nipples may be repositioned or unattached. Moreover, your breasts will get large during the pregnancy and that can affect the results of your operation. It should also be mentioned that after breast reduction surgery, you can still breastfeed but the amount of milk may be less that normal. Therefore, it is suggested to postpone this surgery until after pregnancy and lactating. 

FAQs about the Best Age for Breast Reduction Surgery

How old do you have to be to get breast reduction surgery?

Generally speaking, there is no best age for breast reduction surgery. You can undergo this operation as soon as your breasts have stopped growing. However, most surgeons believe that the ideal time for breast reduction is between the age of 18 to 45, as the skin is still elastic and the body can recover appropriately.  

Can a 15-year-old get a breast reduction?

Yes, but it is usually recommended to wait until your breasts’ development is finished. 

When can a teenager get a breast reduction?

Depending on the patient's health condition and the surgery's aim, the best age for getting a breast reduction in the teenage years is between 16 to 18. 

Is there an age limit for breast reduction in Iran?

In Iran, you can get breast reduction surgery from the age of 15 if you are qualified for this procedure.

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