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Committee Opinion No. 686 Summary: Breast and Labial Surgery in Adolescents

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doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001857
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Abstract

Recommendations

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists makes the following recommendations regarding breast and labial surgery in adolescents:

  • The obstetrician–gynecologist caring for adolescents should have good working knowledge of nonsurgical alternatives for comfort and appearance as well as knowledge of indications and timing of surgical intervention and referral.
  • When adolescents seek medical treatment, the first step is often education and reassurance regarding normal variation in anatomy, growth, and development.
  • Appropriate patient counseling and assessment of the adolescent’s physical maturity and emotional readiness are necessary before surgical management or referral.
  • Individuals should be screened for body dysmorphic disorder. If an obstetrician–gynecologist suspects an adolescent has body dysmorphic disorder, referral to a mental health professional is appropriate.

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