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Breast Reduction Surgery - How Much Does It Cost?

Posted Aug 27 2012 2:13am
Breast reduction surgery is provided to reduce the size of the breast and make it more attractive and natural looking. The procedure also provides relief from problems associated with large breasts. Breast reduction surgery fees comprise the fee of the surgeon, the facility fee and the anesthesia fee. The fee of the surgeon depends on the qualifications, experience and expertise of the plastic surgeon as well as the procedure that is going to be used. The average cost of this breast surgery ranges from $5,000 to $7,000. If the surgeon performs more than 1 procedure at a time, then there will be a rise in the total cost. Breast surgery cost also includes cost of medications, post-surgical garments, and cost of medical tests.
 
 There is a variation in the cost of plastic surgery in accordance with the procedure used. If the breasts are quite oversized and need additional work for removing excess tissue and for repositioning and reshaping the nipple area, then the cost of the procedure is likely to increase.
 
 Given below are various factors that determine the cost of this surgery:
 
 • Size of the breasts
 
 The procedure used depends on the shape as well as the size of the breasts, which will indirectly affect the cost. If the breasts are extremely large, more time would be needed and this would increase the cost.
 
 • Combination Procedures
 
 The total cost may increase if breast lift surgery and breast reduction are performed at the same time. Breast lift surgery and breast reduction surgery are completely different procedures.
 
 • Geographical location
 
 The area you live also has an impact on the cost. The cost may vary from one city to another. Hospital facilities in some cities charge more than those in others.
 
 • Type of procedure used
 
 It is possible to have more than one type of lift surgery and breast reduction done. According to traditional methods, a 12 inch incision is made around each breast. Liposuction is involved in newer techniques for reducing the size of the breast, which in turn increases the cost.
 
 • Surgeon
 
 If one opts for a reputable and highly qualified surgeon, then the fees are likely to be more. Board certified surgeons may charge more, but cost should not be a major consideration. Only experienced surgeons can provide the most appropriate treatments, and carry out the surgery with lower risk of complications.
 
 Most plastic surgery procedures are not covered; however, breast reduction cost may be covered in some cases. Coverage may be available if oversized breasts are causing health issues such as back and neck pain. So, it is best to check with your payer before going for the surgery. Ask your plastic surgeon about financing options available, since many surgeons offer this.
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