What is a breast reduction?

For women with exceptionally large breasts, a breast reduction surgery can significantly improve their level of life enjoyment. Why? Because the weight of large breasts can generate chronic neck and back pain as well as limit a woman's ability to participate in certain phsyical activities, such as sports and general exercise. Additionally, there is the potential for emotional distress as well.


During surgery, the surgeon will remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. He or she will then reshape the breast as well as relocate the nipple. A breast reduction procedure can significantly reduce a woman's breast volume.


To learn more about breast reduction, you should speak directly with a licensed, board certified plastic surgeon.


How much does a breast reduction cost?

The cost of the procedure will vary from one plastic surgeon to another. Typically, the surgeon's fees run about 60% of the total cost. The anesthesiologist and the fee to use the surgical facility will make up the bulk of the remaining costs.


The skill of your surgeon and where his or her office is geographically located will also play a role in the cost of the procedure. An experienced surgeon located in Beverly Hills will charge more than a surgeon from a small, mid-west town.


Cost shouldn't be the deciding factor when you're trying to find a surgeon. You should seek services from a highly qualified, experienced breast reduction surgeon, preferrably one that is in close proximity to your home town.


Who can benefit from a breast reduction?

Any woman who has large breasts can benefit from breast reduction surgery. If you feel that your breasts are negatively impacting your life, you can benefit from having breast reduction surgery - breast size can be dramatically reduced via breast reduction surgery. Your quality of life can be improved practically overnight.


Are the results permanent?

Yes, the results are permanent as well as almost instantaneous - you will feel the difference the moment you wake up from the procedure. There will, of course, be changes over the next few months as your body recovers from the procedure.


Keep in mind that extreme weight gain and loss, as well as gravity and the effects of pregnancy and birth will affect the size and shape of your breasts over time. While the results of the surgery itself are permanent, your breasts are still subject to the effects of gravity, aging, and weight loss/gain.


Will my health insurance cover the cost of a breast reduction?

For most elective, aesthetically-enhancing procedures, the answser to that question is a resounding no - health insurance companies do not cover the cost of elective surgeries.


However, in the case of breast reduction, your health insurance company may very well cover the costs of the procedure. The long-term effects of having oversized breasts can take a significant toll on the health of a woman's body. To name a few of the potential concerns: chronic neck and back pain, phsyical limitations (such as particiapting in sports and general exercise), and emotional trauma. The cost to perform the procedure is minimal compared to the long-term cost of addressing the aforementioned ailments.


To find out if your insurance company will cover the cost of your breast reduction, please contact them directly and ask them.


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