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
- Pre-surgery medical tests
- Post-surgery prescription medications and special garments.