Over the past ten years, there has been a significant rise in the number of teenagers undergoing Breast Reduction surgery.
Anecdotally, women’s breasts in our society seem to be getting bigger from a younger age. This is probably due to a number of factors including reaching puberty earlier and the obesity epidemic affecting breast size.
Decreased quality of life
Dr Brian Labow the Director of The Adolescent Breast Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital has published his research in the Journal of Paediatrics in 2015. He found that adolescent girls (aged 12-21) with macromastia (large breasts) have a decreased quality of life, lower self-esteem, painful breasts and increased risk of Eating Disorders. Many adolescents with large breasts suffer from neck and back pain limiting their ability to sit at a desk and study. Inability to exercise because of the bounce of their breasts and chaffed, bleeding skin under the breasts.
Often teenagers with large breasts are socially withdrawn because they otherwise attract unwanted attention from much older men.
For teenagers who are emotionally mature and who are suffering from pain and social isolation because of their large breasts, Breast Reduction surgery is life changing. No neck pain. No shoulder pain. Wearing clothes that fit and are age appropriate. Participating in school and social sport.
Breast Reduction surgery as a solution
The research is in. Breast Reduction surgery in the right person for the right reason is an operation with great physical and emotional benefit. It is life changing.
Considering Breast Reduction surgery? Make an appointment to see specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jane to learn more about Breast Reduction. Phone 9429 3343 at The Epworth Hospital in Melbourne.