As a young 17-year old, Ariel Winter’s recent decision to have breast reduction surgery is not without scrutiny from the press and general public. With celebrities flocking to plastic surgery at record-breaking rates, why is Ariel’s decision so different?

The difference may be necessity. Read on for more about this stirring topic.

Physical Pain From Oversized Breasts

It is extremely common for women to experience back, neck, and shoulder pain from a bust that is too large. The weight of the fatty tissue and breast glands is just too much for the surrounding structures to support.

Making things even worse is that a large bra with thick straps is needed to help support the breasts, thus causing straps to dig in to the shoulders and pulling and tugging downward from the weight. Poor posture can also result.

Emotional Pain From Oversized Breasts

The pain of large breasts doesn’t end with physical symptoms; unfortunately, most women also experience bullying and self-image issues.

Ariel Winter revealed to Glamour that she also encountered these same problems. It was this, combined with the physical pain, which tipped the scales in favor of having surgery.

Ariel Winter Breast Reduction Surgery

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Ariel Winter’s Decision to Get Breast Reduction Surgery

In her recent interview with Glamour, she explained her reasoning for wanting surgery at the tender age of 17. She describes having a bra size of 32-F by the time she was 15 years old. Her breasts caused pain standing on the set all day. She had had enough.

On June 4, 2015 she underwent reduction surgery. She describes feeling “relieved and excited” immediately afterward. When it was time to shop for clothing, she was delighted to be able to fit into the latest fashions and described feeling like “a new person.”

When Is It OK For a Teen To Have Breast Reduction?

Each individual decision is different, but the general consensus in the plastic surgery community is that a young woman should be as close to age 18 as possible. The reason for this is two-fold:

  1. She may not yet be done developing.
  2. There are future ramifications of surgery that must be considered.

For a young adult, the physical issues and emotional pain may be overriding the ability to make an informed, well-educated decision. This is why it’s vital that parents be involved in the decision process and that every risk be fully explained by a plastic surgeon.

There will be scars for the rest of her life. This is something that must be taken into consideration. Also, a breast reduction may impede a woman’s ability to breast feed later, so it’s important to understand that risk as well.

Finally, sensation in the breasts and/or nipples can be affected in some cases. The young patient must understand that this is a very real possibility and to make the decision after plenty of thought and consideration.

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