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, whether insurance will help to finance the procedure, and what happens during the procedure. This blog aims to inform potential breast reduction patients of the costs, goals, benefits, and best candidates for the various types of breast reduction surgeries.
- How Much Does Breast Reduction Surgery Cost?
- Male Breast Reduction Cost
- Does Insurance Cover Male Breast Reduction?
- Liposuction Breast Reduction Cost
- Breast Lift And Reduction Cost
- Is Breast Reduction Covered By Insurance?
- Breast Reduction Payment Plan
- What Are The Benefits of Breast Reduction?
- Where Are Breast Reduction Incisions Made?
- Is Breast Reduction Right For You?
- Breast Reduction Surgery: What To Expect
How Much Does Breast Reduction Surgery Cost?
According to RealSelf, the average cost of a reduction procedure in the United States is $9,040 but the cost of the procedure can range from $2,800 to $20,000. Additionally, RealSelf states that breast reduction procedures have a 97% worth-it 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 states that the average cost of gynecomastia surgery is $7,856 but can cost up to $15,000 for complex procedures.
Does Insurance Cover Male Breast Reduction?
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 to $8,000 or more 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 RealSelf, the average cost for a surgical breast lift procedure in 2024 is $8,660, but ranges from $3,869 to $16,000. 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.
Is 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.
What Are The Benefits of Breast Reduction?
Benefits of breast reduction surgery range from aesthetic to medical. Aesthetic benefits include better fitting clothes, breasts being more proportionate to your overall frame, and boosted confidence. Medical benefits include the reduction of discomfort in the back, shoulders, or neck from carrying the weight of overly large breasts, prevention of infections and skin irritations that can arise from sagging breasts, the ability to exercise more comfortably, and improvements in posture.
Where Are Breast Reduction Incisions Made?
Types of breast reduction include:
The Anchor Reduction – An incision is made around the nipple and continues in a straight line downwards before turning horizontally across the breast crease. This is best for patients who have very large or sagging breasts and may require the removal and repositioning of the nipple.
The Circumareolar Reduction – The incision goes around the nipple and then down in a straight line to the bottom of the breast. This is best for women with slightly smaller breasts than those suited for the anchor-type procedure.
The Vertical Pattern Reduction – An incision is made around the areola. This is best for patients with minimal tissue that needs to be removed or those who only need to address one breast.
Breast Liposuction – A cannula is inserted into the breast and used to remove excess fat. The only ideal candidates for breast liposuction are those with a high fat ratio in their breasts.
Breast Lift & Reduction – Combining a breast reduction with a breast lift is very common practice, as it simultaneously reduces the size of the breasts and lifts them.
Is Breast Reduction Right For You?
If you are a man or woman uncomfortable with the size of your breasts either because they case you physical discomfort or because they appear disproportionate with body, you may be an excellent candidate for one of the various breast reduction procedures. Surgical removal of excess skin and breast tissue is best for women or men with excess skin and fat, while liposuction may be an option for those with concerns with simply having too much volume in their breasts.
Other characteristics of great breast reduction candidates include:
- Over the age of 18
- Good physical health
- Realistic expectations
- Do not smoke
Breast Reduction Surgery: What To Expect
If you are considering breast reduction surgery, you will first meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast surgery. During this initial consultation, Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. David Liland typically takes the time to listen to your specific goals and concerns before doing an official assessment of your breasts in order to help you develop the best possible treatment plan for helping you achieve confidence and comfort.
Once you and your doctor agree on which breast reduction technique is best for you moving forward, you will then schedule your pre-operative appointment, your surgery date, and your post-operative appointment. At your pre-op appointment, you will receive a pre-op booklet with all of the necessary instructions to plan for a safe and successful procedure and your doctor will share the official plan for your breast reduction procedure. Your pre-op booklet will consist of aftercare instructions as well to ensure you have a safe and smooth recovery.
Your pre-op booklet will include various tips for a safe surgery, which will likely include:
- Not eating or drinking after midnight the night before surgery
- Preparing a recovery area for yourself at home
- Using anti-bacterial, fragrance-free soaps
- Scheduling any necessary pre-operative testing such as blood work
- Discontinuing blood thinners, herbal supplements, and alcohol 2 weeks before surgery
- Avoiding smoking
After your Dallas breast reduction surgery, it’s important to follow your doctor’s aftercare recommendations, which will likely include:
- Avoiding lifting heavy objects
- Getting plenty of rest
- Eating healthy, protein-rich foods
- Staying hydrated
- Taking recommended pain medications for best possible comfort
What Size Can I Achieve With Breast Reduction Surgery?
Ultimately, with breast reduction you can choose a size you are comfortable with and meets your individual goals. Dr. Liland will provide recommendations based on your circumstances, and he can help you decide the appropriate extent of reduction to ensure you are happy with the result.
There are several factors to consider that will impact the final result and size, including:
- How much fat, skin and tissue you want to remove
- The type of breast reduction procedure
- Your initial breast size
- Your figure, as it’s important to keep the breasts in proportion to your body
- How much tissue needs to remain to ensure an adequate blood supply to the nipple
- Whether you are happy to remove and reattach the nipple – for example, if you wish to reduce by three cup sizes, it is recommended that the nipple is repositioned
How Long Is Recovery After Breast Reduction?
Most women take one to three weeks off work, during which time you should avoid any heavy lifting, but it can take up to six weeks before you can resume regular activities. It is important that breast reduction patients get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids and eat well.
Breast reductions are often outpatient procedures, meaning you may be able to go home on the day of the surgery. A friend or family member should drive you home after the procedure and stay with you for the first couple of days after surgery, as you will be in pain and your movement will be restricted.
Many patients will find their breasts sore after surgery, and pain medication can be prescribed. After the surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in bandages, and you will need to wear a compression bra for around the first four weeks. Additionally, wearing a sports bra after this period is often recommended since it will be more comfortable.
Dr. Liland will give you specific instructions regarding compression bras, follow-up appointments, and when you can return to various activities.
How Bad Are Breast Reduction Scars?
Scars are unavoidable with breast reduction. You should ensure you’re comfortable with this before proceeding. However, the severity of your scars will depend on the type of reduction performed. For example, an anchor reduction produces the most scarring but delivers the most effective results.
It’s worth discussing scarring in your consultation, but remember that most patients don’t notice them after a while.
What Are The Risks Of Breast Reduction?
We hold ourselves to the highest standards of safety and care, but, as with any surgery, there are several risks to consider.
Healthline explains that the risks of breast reduction tend to be minimal compared to many other cosmetic procedures.
However, there is a small risk that surgery could result in:
- a change or loss of sensation in your breasts and nipples
- Breastfeeding complications
- allergic reactions to anesthesia or medications used during the procedure
- long downtime
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.
Breast reduction is considered a life-changing surgery by many, both for cosmetic and functionality reasons. To ensure your breast reduction procedure goes smoothly with no complications and delivers the best results possible, we highly recommend following your doctor’s pre-op and post-op instructions closely. Achieving your dream breast size requires a lot of planning to tailor the treatment specifically to your body and your desires.
It is important to see a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your goals, find out the specific cost of your procedure, and receive professional recommendations for the best type of breast reduction procedure for your specific condition and goals. As mentioned above, there are several alternative treatments that can decrease breast size, and the decision for which is best for you needs to be made with plenty of information, discussion, and thought.
Dr. Liland is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon with 30 years of experience, specializing 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 at (214) 692-6500.
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