What is Breast Reduction?
A breast reduction removes excess tissue from the breasts to make them smaller. It also reshapes the remaining breast tissue to give a pleasing appearance. The removal of excess breast tissue removes weight and strain from the shoulders, back, and neck, providing relief from muscle aches and discomfort.
How Does Breast Reduction Work?
An anesthesiologist will put you under a general anesthetic to prevent any discomfort. Dr. Lawton will use the best type of incision for your needs, allowing her to access the tissue and also tighten and reshape the areola.
How Old Do You Have to Be For a Breast Reduction?
This answer varies for each person. Factors include the stage of breast development, whether the person has excess body fat, and emotional maturity. Some candidates may be as young as 16, while others may not be eligible until they are closer to 18.
The start of puberty triggers breast development, and the earlier puberty begins, the earlier girls will see breast development. One concern involves the fact that performing a reduction before the breast is finished developing could lead to regrowth.
Studies also indicate that patients with excess body weight have a greater risk of regrowing breast tissue, as well as a greater risk of breast enlargement due to weight changes. Dr. Lawton can advise you on this issue.
Emotional maturity includes the ability to understand the recovery process as well as having reasonable expectations about what the procedure can and cannot accomplish, as well as the inevitable scarring that will remain.