Breast reduction surgery is one of the more expensive plastic surgeries with costs in excess of $7,500. In contrast to breast augmentation which enlarges the breast, breast reduction surgery removes fat and glandular tissue. Also, in order to achieve a pleasing aesthetic result, it is often necessary to reshape the areola (the darker skin around the nipple). All of these measures require both technical and aesthetic expertise and, as such, breast reduction costs relatively more than other procedures.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the average surgeon’s fee portion of breast reduction cost of is $5,429. Since this procedure is usually done under general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist fees add an additional $1,000 to the overall cost. Also, since the facility will charge a fee for providing ancillary staff services and sterile supplies for the procedure, it is best to add an additional $500 to $2000 to the estimate of breast reduction costs.
These costs are based on the national average and may be more or less depending on the region of the country in which you are having the surgery. Breast reduction costs are higher in the Northeast and on the West coast versus other places in the country; however, breast reduction costs have been rising in the Southeast. Generally these costs are not sufficiently different enough to justify travelling to a different region of the country, though it may be reasonable to weigh the cost of travel and boarding with the breast reduction cost differential.
More experienced plastic surgeons, surgeons with more advanced training, and those with full board certification can command higher breast reduction fees than their colleagues. Since breast reduction does require an eye for the aesthetic, choosing a highly skilled surgeon may justify the increased cost of breast reduction surgery.
While the cost of many plastic surgeries of the breast are not covered by health insurance, under certain circumstances breast reduction costs are indeed covered. This is because some breast reduction surgeries are medically necessary. Women’s breasts can grow so large that women develop serious back and leg problems from. Also, regardless of bra type, serious furrows, bruising, and trauma can occur to the top of the shoulders where the straps of the bra support the weight of the breasts. When these medical conditions arise as a direct consequence of large breasts, many medical insurance companies will cover part or all of the cost of breast reduction surgery.
If you are considering breast reduction costs and procedures, it is best to contact your health insurer in advance in order to determine their protocol and paperwork requirements for reimbursement. Many physicians and surgeons are happy to determine if your breast reduction surgery is medically necessary and fill out the forms required to obtain payment from a health insurer.
If you are paying for breast reduction costs out of pocket, many surgeons offer payment plans and financing as part of their practice or work with financing companies that provide low interest loans. Even if your surgeon does not offer these financing options, you may contact a medical financing company directly and inquire about interest rates and terms.