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BATON ROUGE - Cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens joined us on News 2 at 4 Thursday to talk about a study on the mental health impact on adolescent girls and the benefits of breast surgical procedure.

A study by Dr. Brian I. Labow out and colleagues at Boston Children's Hospital found that breast asymmetry, differences in breast size, can affect self-esteem, emotional well-being and social functioning. The study also suggests that early intervention may have mental health benefits for young women even with a mild breast size as well.

The study and Dr. Stephens believes it can be more than a cosmetic issue. A common case is when an adolescent girl would need a breast reduction if she has breasts that are too large and causing health problems and social problems.

Dr. Stephens recommends consulting with the adolescent's pediatrician and a plastic surgeon to discuss solutions to the problem before considering surgery.

 

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