Breast reduction surgery is meant for women who have large breasts and want to resolve issues such as:

  • Low-hanging breasts and stretched skin
  • Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Chronic rash or skin irritation under the breasts
  • Deep grooves in the shoulders from bra strap pressure
  • Poor posture
  • Restricted activity
  • Poor self-image related to large breasts
  • Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing

You can have breast reduction surgery at any age — even as a teenager in some cases — but it's usually best to wait until your breasts are fully developed.

If you haven't started a family or your family isn't yet complete, you might postpone breast reduction surgery until pregnancy isn't an issue. Changes to breast tissue during pregnancy could affect your surgical results. Also, breast-feeding might be challenging after breast reduction surgery — although some research suggests that breast-feeding difficulty after breast reduction surgery is related to a lack of support or coaching rather than the surgery itself.

Oct. 08, 2011