Breast reduction surgery is performed to reduce the size of a patient’s breasts to either address aesthetic concerns or to resolve health-related issues that occur as a result of the size of their breasts. The main questions potential patients have about the surgery are how much a breast reduction procedure costs and whether insurance will help to finance the procedure. This blog aims to inform potential breast reduction patients of the costs of various types of breast reduction surgeries for both female and male patients.
- Breast Reduction Cost
- Male Breast Reduction Cost
- Liposuction Breast Reduction Cost
- Breast Lift And Reduction Cost
- Breast Reduction Covered By Insurance
- Breast Reduction Payment Plan
Breast Reduction Cost
According to RealSelf, the average cost of a reduction procedure in the United States is $7,300 but the cost of the procedure can range from $25 to $16,000. Additionally, RealSelf states that breast reduction procedures have a 97% worth-it rating and was a 2020 Most Worth It Honoree for this high rating. This shows that the vast majority of patients felt that the procedure was definitely worth the cost. The factors that will impact the cost of the procedure include:
- The surgical technique
- If another surgery is combined with the procedure
- Type of anesthesia used
- The length of the surgery
- Hospital or operating room charges
- Experience and expertise of surgeon
- Surgery location
- If have insurance contributing to the surgery cost
- Aftercare products
- Consultations and check-up appointments
- Post procedure complications
Male Breast Reduction Cost
Gynecomastia surgery is the most commonly performed chest reduction procedure for men. Gynecomastia is a condition that some men have that causes them to develop larger breasts and causes many patients to feel insecure about their appearance. This is why many patients decide to undergo surgery to remove some of the breast tissue to reduce the size of their chest. RealSelf state that the average cost of gynecomastia surgery is $5,625 and the average price range varies from $25 to $11,650.
Generally, gynecomastia surgery is not covered by insurance providers because it is normally undertaken to resolve aesthetic concerns. However, there are occasions where gynecomastia can cause medical issues such as rashes or infections. In these cases, some insurance providers will help cover the cost of the surgery. This is why the average price range is so extreme as some patients receive significant financial coverage from their policies. To find out if you qualify for any funding from your insurance provider you should contact them to discover what your particular policy will provide.
Liposuction Breast Reduction Cost
Liposuction can be used as a breast reduction technique for some patients. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that inserts a cannula into a small incision site and uses a vacuum to remove unwanted fat deposits. In the case of a liposuction breast reduction, some of the fat in a patient’s breast would be removed using this vacuum. This means that unlike in a typical surgical breast reduction, no breast tissue is removed. Therefore, a mammogram is often required to determine if there is a high enough ratio of fat in the patient’s breast to discover if they are suitable for the procedure.
This reduction technique tends to be less expensive than a surgical breast reduction and Liposuction.com states that the average cost is between $3,800- $8,000 in the United States. For more information on the cost of liposuction, including the average cost of chest liposuction, you can read our blog ‘How Much Is Liposuction In Dallas, Texas?’
Breast Lift And Reduction Cost
A Breast Lift procedure is performed to tighten and lift sagging breasts to achieve a more youthful appearance. Breast reduction patients often combine their surgery with a surgical lift as having large breasts is one of the factors which causes breasts to sag. Patients who have concerns over the size of their breasts and wish to lift their breasts are often suitable candidates to undergo the two procedures together. View our Breast Lift Gallery to see actual patient results and before and after images.
If a patient wishes to undergo both breast procedures it is cheaper for them to combine the two and only undergo one surgery so that there is only one cost for facilities and anesthesia. Many patients also prefer to have one recovery period rather than two as it means they will have less time off work.
The cost of a breast lift procedure can also significantly vary depending on the technique being undertaken. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the average cost for a surgical lift procedure in 2020 was $5,012. However, most breast reduction patients, who also desire a breast lift, require an anchor lift procedure because this is the most extensive breast lift technique. You should book a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in breast procedures and discuss your goals for both surgeries to receive expert advice on the best techniques and to learn how much your procedure will cost.
Breast Reduction Covered By Insurance
Some insurance providers will help to cover the cost of a reduction procedure, or will even fund the entire surgery. Breast reduction procedures can be undertaken to address a patient’s aesthetic concerns as they feel insecure over their breast size or want their breasts to be in better proportion to the rest of their figure. In these cases, insurance providers are very unlikely to help fund the procedure as it is the patient’s choice to undergo the procedure.
However, some patients undergo a reduction procedure because their breasts are creating medical issues that impact their quality of life. For example, having large breasts can cause chronic pain in a woman’s back, neck, or shoulders or result in either rashes or infections developing under their breasts. In these cases, some insurance providers will help to fund the surgery, but this will depend on your specific policy, so you should contact your insurance provider to discover if you qualify for any coverage.
Breast Reduction Payment Plan
Many patients do not qualify for funding from an insurance provider and so need to fund the entire surgery themselves. Most surgeons offer a range of financing options for patients so that they can pick the one most suitable for their needs. There are various companies that offer specific financing options and monthly payment plans for patients undergoing plastic surgery. These companies will provide patients with different options or loans so it is important to research these providers and find the best policy for your needs. For information on the financing options that Dr. Liland offers at his surgery, you can read our Financing Page.
Potential breast reduction patients should continue to research the average cost of the different reduction procedures as well as look into the surgical techniques, the recovery period and the risks of undergoing any of the procedures. Since many patients do not qualify for funding from their insurance provider it is recommended that you contact your provider to find out what coverage you might qualify for. Additionally, it is important to see a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your goals and find out the specific cost of your procedure.
Dr. Liland is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon with 30 years of experience, specialising in breast procedures. You can view Dr. Liland’s gallery to see before and after pictures of previous patients. If you are interested in undergoing a breast reduction procedure, you can book a consultation on our Contact Page or call us on (214) 692-6500.
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