Facebook Pixel
EmpowHER Guest

How do I know if I should get breast reduction surgery?

By Anonymous October 25, 2011 - 5:00pm
Rate This

I'm 18 and my boobs are too big. Granted, I am overweight but still. It hurts my shoulders and it's difficult to run, which kind of makes losing weight a little more difficult. I've tried different kinds of bras. I was even fitted for one once. But my breasts stretched it out and I couldn't really afford to get another at the time.
I just bought a new bra like 2 days ago and already it's hurting my shoulders really badly. It's starting to be a real problem because I have to use my shoulders a lot at work and at school. I really want to lose weight but I feel so self conscious when I try to run with these. I'm considering getting a breast reduction but I don't know if it's the right choice, or if it'll be covered by insurance, or any side effects or down sides.


Add a Comment1 Comments


Hi Erica,
Feeling good and feeling good about yourself is very important. My advice to you is to begin by losing weight. You need to burn more calories than you consume.

Start by walking. When possible, walk instead of taking the bus or driving your car. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a walk after dinner or during a break at work or school.

Watch your calorie intake. Eat 3 healthy balanced meals or 6 small healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. Choose fruit or raw vegetables as a snack instead of chips or candy.

Drink water instead of soda. Don't eat after 8 o'clock and never before going to bed.

With determination, you can do it. I lost 80 lbs by following the advice I just gave you.

If you are still considering breast reduction surgery, research insurance coverage. Most insurance policies do not cover elective plastic surgery. Unless the surgery is deemed medically necessary, the insurance company will deny coverage.

Every surgery carries risks. When you choose a surgeon, he or she will review all the surgical risks with you, tell you what you can expect and what the cost will be if you must pay out of pocket.

It is a lot to consider, but try working on weight loss first.

October 25, 2011 - 5:36pm
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.

Breast Conditions

Get Email Updates

Breast Conditions Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!