Minimum Age for Breast Reduction in Kenya – Too Young or Too Old?
February 12, 2021
What is the maximum or minimum age for having a breast reduction procedure in Kenya?
While breast reduction can often be performed safely and successfully for patients in their mid teens, many cosmetic surgeons prefer patients wait until they are at least 18 before undergoing the procedure. There are a couple of reasons why:
1. Breast development often continues throughout teen years and may not be complete before your early 20s—probably not what you want to hear if you already feel your breasts are too large, but waiting until you are fully developed can help you avoid potentially needing a second breast reduction in the future.
2. As Davinci Medical Group, we want to make sure you are emotionally ready for surgery.
A breast reduction can be a very positive experience, but the process can be emotionally taxing as you adjust to your new body shape. You need to show you can handle normal ups and downs of recovery and have realistic expectations about surgery.
3. Childbirth – If you haven’t started a family or your family isn’t yet complete, you might wait until pregnancy isn’t an issue. Breast-feeding might be challenging after breast reduction surgery — although certain surgical techniques can help preserve your ability to breast-feed.
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4. Weight loss. If you are interested in losing weight by changing your diet and starting an exercise program, you might wait to decide if reduction mammoplasty is for you. Losing weight can often result in changes to your breast size.
If you’re under 18 and want breast reduction, sooner or later, you will have to tell a parent or guardian, since you need their consent to have surgery. They’ll also need to get involved if you are on their insurance and/or will need their help paying for the procedure.
This isn’t to say that getting breast reduction before you turn 18 is impossible, especially if your breast size-related symptoms are severe, but you need to be prepared to hear “not yet,” especially if you are in your early teens.
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