Breast Reduction Surgery in Adolescents

Pediatr Ann. 2023 Jan;52(1):e31-e35. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20221114-06. Epub 2023 Jan 1.


Macromastia-overgrowth of the female breast-is distressing and disabling, often starting in middle school and continuing into adulthood. Breast reduction is an effective treatment of symptoms of macromastia in adults, and its application in adolescents has been increasing. Special considerations within the adolescent population include interruption of age-appropriate activities, development of healthy body image/esteem, the connection to obesity, potential for postoperative recurrence/continued growth, the effect of surgery on future lactation and breast-feeding, and the adolescent's ability to participate in surgical decision-making (assent). This review highlights these issues and reviews breast reduction surgery outcomes and complications as they apply to the female adolescent. After reading this article, the reader should be able to identify adolescents who may be candidates for breast reduction surgery and have the information needed to counsel patients before their referral to a surgeon. [Pediatr Ann. 2023;52(1):e31-e35.].

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Breast / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertrophy / complications
  • Hypertrophy / epidemiology
  • Hypertrophy / surgery
  • Mammaplasty*
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / surgery

Supplementary concepts

  • Gigantomastia