Breast Reduction and Cost

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This article addresses the youngest age to consider breast reduction. The average cost of breast reduction and steps to get insurance to pay for your breast reduction and the risks of breast reduction.

Women with large breasts have symptoms, that interfere with everyday life. Women with large heavy breasts report neck and shoulder pain. Most women develop grooves from their bra straps, problems wearing clothes, and suffer from low self esteem. Some women have had to stop activities because of their large breast.

Patients as young as age 14 can get a breast reduction. Breast reduction at age 14 sometimes require additional procedure's at a later time. Breast reduction should be considered in the teenage years so the teenager's activities will not be restricted, nor is the teenager harassed.

The Risk of Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is relatively safe. Liposuction is the safest out of all the procedures but all of the surgeries have minimal risks.

  •     Infection rarely occurs but can be fatal.
  •     No blood supply to the nipple and areola resulting in dead tissue. (Rarely occurs)
  •     Loss of feeling in the nipples and breast.
  •     Inability to breast-feed
  •     Nipples that are uneven.
  •     Small sores around the nipple area.
  •     Permanent scars on the breasts.
  •     Delayed wound healing.

Types of Breast Reduction

  •     Liposuction Only Breast Reduction
  •     Superior Pedicle Breast Reduction
  •     Central Pedicle Breast Reduction

The Average Cost of Breast Reduction

Depending on the area of where you live and what procedure you chose. Prices differ but if you're just now trying to get a good idea about what you would pay for breast reduction here the fee's are broken down to make it simple.

The average total cost is between $5,000 to $10,000. Most surgeries are about $7,500. Broken down you have to pay for anesthesiologist $700, the surgeons $5,500, and for facility where the surgery will be preformed $1,000

When Does Insurance Cover Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is sometimes covered by medical insurance only if medically necessary. Not all insurance policies will cover breast reduction surgery.

1) Review your policy to determine if breast reduction, cosmetic surgery or elective surgery may be covered.

2) If your policy does not cover breast reduction consider other insurance. Doing research on insurance may benefit you, because insurance companies constantly adjust their policies to get more customers and to get a better reputation among the health care community.

3) Meet with a specialist to determine if the reconstructive surgery is necessary.

4) If your insurance company agrees to cover your breast reduction your doctor still has to follow specifications. For example, if your doctor lifts your breasts or use an implant to reconstruct the breasts, then you will pay out of pocket.

5) You can use preventative breast reduction method to get your insurance to pay for your surgery. Most insurances pay for preventative measures because its cheaper so if breast cancer or cancer runs in your family and your doctor thinks you're at risk for breast cancer because you have large breasts. Your insurance company will pay.

Sources

Medscape Reference

Smart Breast Reduction

Financial Web

eHealthMD

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