Are you thinking of getting breast reduction surgery, but aren’t sure if you will be able to afford the procedure? Cost is an essential consideration for any type of cosmetic procedure, so it’s important to have a good understanding of the costs associated with breast reduction to determine how to finance surgery. At Longwood Plastic Surgery, we can answer all your questions, including the price you can expect to pay. We’ve performed more than 300 reductions per year for happy patients in a wide age range, from 16 up to mid-80s.
How Does a Breast Reduction Work?
Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, reduces the size of the breasts by removing breast tissue and excess skin while simultaneously lifting and shaping the remaining tissues for a pleasing, more proportionate breast profile. In some cases, the nipple and areola must also be repositioned and reduced for a more pleasing outcome. At LPS, we may employ a “short scar” or “Robertson” approach to minimize the amount of scarring that remains visible, and we do our utmost to preserve nipple sensation by carefully repositioning the nipple stalk. Breast reduction at LPS is usually complete in about 2 hours and is performed on an outpatient basis in our accredited surgical suite.
How Much is a Breast Reduction?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons puts the US average cost of a breast reduction at $5,475. This number may not include all associated facility fees. At LPS, because we perform breast reductions in our outpatient surgical suite staffed by board-certified anesthesiologists, we do our best to keep the overall cost of a reduction as competitive as possible. It’s also possible that, because some breast reductions are deemed medically necessary to alleviate major back pain, neck pain, strain on the shoulders, and migraines, some or all of the costs could be covered by insurance.
Factors that Influence Your Breast Reduction Cost
The overall cost of your breast reduction surgery will depend on your requirements and the results you want to achieve. However, the following factors can also impact the final cost:
- Cost of the procedure itself
- Facility fees
- Insurance coverage
- Pre-surgery medical tests
- Post-surgery prescription medications and special garments.
Financing Breast Reduction Surgery
Massachusetts has some of the most robust insurance coverage for breast reconstruction procedures such as a breast reduction, provided you meet all the criteria for a medically necessary treatment. If your insurance doesn’t cover your breast reduction, LPS has partnered with leading healthcare financing groups so our patients don’t have to choose between investing in their comfort and affording the procedure.
Benefits of a Breast Reduction
In the setting of large breasts, if you’re suffering with:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Grooves in your skin where your bra straps dig in
- Migraines from increased pressure on your spine and muscles
- Skin irritation on the underside of large breasts
Then you may benefit from a breast reduction.
What Results Can I Expect?
You may have immediate relief from strain on your back, neck, and shoulders following your breast reduction, and your chest will be visibly smaller. You’ll have a compression bra in the days following your procedure to help reduce swelling and hold your LPS surgeon’s careful contouring in place. As the swelling subsides in the weeks following your procedure, your new breast profile will emerge. Your chest will be much more in proportion to your body’s frame, the ratio of your chest to your hips much more in line. Clothes will fit better, and without the strain of a heavy chest, you will feel lighter, freer, and more confident in your body.
“Dear Dr. Morris, I truly cannot thank you enough, not only for your extreme generosity and waving my surgery fees, but for being able to fix something that has been such a huge insecurity of mine for the past 20+ years. My note was a relatively involved/difficult surgery and I am so grateful to you for doing it for me.* “
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning about breast reduction surgery? Schedule your consultation with Longwood Plastic Surgery today by calling our Brookline office at (617) 383-6250. We serve the Brookline and Greater Boston area with distinction.