How much does breast reduction surgery usually cost?

If it weren't too expensive I would consider going for breast reduction surgery to remove no more than a couple of inches. Does it make a difference to the cost if you don't want too much taken off?

1985Jessy

F, 32, Florida

The answer depends on where you are located and on the skill of your plastic surgeon. In most cases a breast reduction procedure will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $5,000 to $10,000. Depending on the specifics of your case, we charge $7,335 which includes anesthesia and operating room.

While it may be possible to find cheaper options, I would caution against seeking the cheapest one when considering plastic surgery of any kind. It may seem like a wise or frugal decision to shop for the cheapest breast reduction surgery (or cheapest breast augmentation, tummy tuck, butt lift, etc.) but that thinking can end up being far more expensive in the long run.

Potential complications associated with breast reduction surgery can include hematoma, unsightly scarring, infection, excessive bleeding, a loss of nipple sensitivity, and seroma.

To ensure minimal scarring and the most aesthetically pleasing results always visit a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in breast surgery. We have had excellent results with breast reduction surgery and our patients have been thrilled with the results. If your breast size is causing you discomfort and compromising your quality of life, I encourage you to schedule an initial appointment.

If you are a good candidate for breast reduction, your insurance plan may cover the costs of your surgery procedure. There are multiple factors that insurance companies consider when evaluating whether or not your surgery is medically necessary. Your plastic surgeon should be able to offer you some guidance in terms of whether or not you are likely to be covered.

If you are unlikely to be covered by your insurance plan, we offer financing options to work with your budget.

There are really two issues to consider regarding the cost of a reduction mammoplasty: The first is whether or not your procedure will be covered by your insurance. The second is how much will it cost if you aren't covered.

Reduction mammoplasty of overly large breasts is often covered by insurance companies if the procedure is deemed a medical necessity. The criteria determining what is and what isn't a medical necessity can vary between insurance providers but, generally speaking, the determination will be made based on complaints of neck pain, shoulder pain or back pain, and based on your breast size in relation to your height, weight, and frame size.

Aside from your cup size, other criteria may include the amount of breast tissue to be removed and an individual review of the photographs included with your insurance application.

If your insurance company decides that you aren't a good candidate for a medically-necessary breast reduction, you will have to cover the costs yourself. The cost of a reduction mammoplasty can vary widely depending on where you live and on the expertise of your cosmetic surgeon. In most cases, a cosmetic breast reduction that isn't covered by a health plan will cost somewhere between $4,000 and $8,000.

My advice is not to shop for the cheapest procedure you can find. Remember that with all cosmetic surgery, you are paying for the skill, experience, and aesthetic judgement of the plastic surgeon. A few dollars saved on your surgery is not worth the possibility of a negative result and the ordeal of follow-up procedures that could have been avoided. Take your time to review before-and-after results, and to choose an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon with a long history of successful work and satisfied patients.

Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 2 Breast reduction before & afters:

Breast reduction before image performed by Dr. Jonathan HeisteinBreast reduction after image performed by Dr. Jonathan HeisteinBreast reduction before image performed by Dr. Jonathan HeisteinBreast reduction after image performed by Dr. Jonathan Heistein

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How much you'll have to pay for reduction mammaplasty depends on a number of different factors including your specific anatomy, your geographic location, and whether or not your insurance will cover all or part of it.

Keep in mind that your insurance plan may cover all or part of your breast reduction surgery. If your insurance does cover breast reduction surgery under certain conditions, I advise you to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if you meet the requirements. You'll need to obtain a letter of authorization from your surgeon along with accompanying photographs for submission.

There are many different factors that determine whether or not you're eligible for coverage by your insurance provider. These factors differ between providers and range from the size of your breasts, the issues caused by the size of your breasts, and the amount of breast tissue to be removed.

If you are seeking a breast reduction for purely aesthetic reasons, then you will likely have to pay for the surgery yourself.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost for elective breast reduction surgery is $5,482. That price includes initial medical tests, the surgeon's fee, the surgical facility costs, anesthesia, and any associated medical prescriptions. In larger cities, the costs typically run higher.

If you don't have (or qualify for) health insurance coverage, remember that most plastic surgeons will offer some form of financing to help you spread the costs across multiple months. During your initial consultation you can also inquire about financing options.

Remember to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in reduction mammaplasty for best results.

Surgery to correct macromastia is generally performed for patients who are displeased with the way their breasts look aesthetically or their breasts are causing physical discomfort and limiting activity or both.

There are a number of variables that determine the cost of a reduction mammoplasty. These variables include your geographic location and whether or not your procedure is performed in a hospital, surgery center, or in your surgeon's own facility. As with all cosmetic surgery, the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon is also an important factor for determining costs.

The average cost of a reduction mammoplasty in the United States is under $5,500, but that cost can be higher in major cities. Remember that you are also paying for the aesthetic skill and experience of the surgeon.

Your insurance company may cover the full cost of the procedure if you can demonstrate that the procedure is medically necessary. The determination of a medical necessity isn't just a matter of having a DD-cup size. The insurance company will also take into account your height, weight, BMI, frame size, and other factors before making a decision.

In the event that your surgery isn't a medical necessity, most plastic surgeons also offer payment plans to help spread the costs out over multiple months or years.

Breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most positive, rewarding, and life-improving surgeries that we perform. Our patients commonly report no more pain from the back and shoulders, no more sweating under the breasts, improved energy, increased mobility, and an easier time with sports and physical activities in general.

If your breasts are limiting your activities or causing quality of life issues, I encourage you to take the first step and schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon.

Dr. Christine Blaine has 1 Breast Reduction before & after:

Breast Reduction before image performed by Dr. Christine BlaineBreast Reduction after image performed by Dr. Christine Blaine

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Insurance coverage is sometimes available for breast reduction surgery. Many factors determine your eligibility, including the specific terms of your insurance policy and the amount of breast tissue to be removed. A letter of predetermination may be required by your insurance company prior to surgery. Best of luck!

Most of the breast reductions I perform are covered by insurance.  If someone does not have insurance, we charge $4500-5000 for a reduction.