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I am a serious athlete with 36DD breasts. I've been thinking about a breast reduction for almost a year now (I'm 16) and I still have some questions about it. As a swimmer (as well as runner, basketball, and soccer player) my breasts have been creating some issues with my performance, and I often feel really uncomfortable about them. I know that I would definitely be more comfortable with my body and I would have more success athletically if I did get the surgery, but I'm worried about how it will affect me in the future. I've heard a lot of scary stories about people who have had breast reductions, and I know that when I have kids I'm going to want to breastfeed, so these among other possible issues have been holding me back. I've talked to my mom about it, but we both want to find some real life answers about how it will actually affect me, positively or negatively.
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Your very best bet then would be to make consultation appointments with a couple of different surgeons where you can ask them all about this.

Mind, given that you're still talking about a relatively average size and nothing causing you physical pain or health issues, ethical surgeons will most likely tell you to at least wait on this until you're 18 or even further past puberty. And given we have very little study on how breast changes impact young people, where breast cell development -- that has to do with some parts of your health -- matters in terms of lifelong health, I'd personally advise letting this one sit myself for another couple of years.

Too, it's very typical to have a lot of emotional discomfort with our bodies as we develop and get used to that, so surgical changes at this time of life again, unless it's a serious physical or emotional health issue where one is very certain it will improve health, is generally not advised.

But again, you're asking about a surgery -- and all surgeries carry a host of risks, from mild to serious -- so the best people to talk to would be credible surgeons who do this surgery.

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