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In some cases, breast reduction surgery can be considered a reconstructive procedure and may be covered by health insurance when it is performed to relieve medical symptoms.

Our experienced plastic surgeons have additional extensive experience in surgical techniques which reduce scarring and improve natural breast shape. In many cases, VASER Liposuction is used in combination with the surgical procedure to address fat under the arm or on the side of the breast, a complaint for many women. Whatever the priorities may be, our staff takes the time to get to know each patient personally, and special consideration is taken to design each surgical plan around the individual’s family life, activities, and lifestyle.

Breast Reduction Candidates

Patients can benefit from a breast reduction if they experience physical or emotional discomforts caused by overly large breasts. Those who experience back, shoulder and neck pain due to the weight of overly large breast can benefit from a breast reduction. Candidates should be in good health, be nonsmokers, and have breasts that are fully developed. Successful candidates will also maintain a positive outlook throughout their procedure process and have realistic goals in mind for the outcome.

Does Medical Insurance Cover Breast Reduction?

Medical insurance may provide coverage for breast reduction surgery for select patients that meet certain criteria.  These requirements can vary depending on each specific insurance company.  Many companies require documentation of “conservative treatment” to help with symptoms associated with large breast size, which we submit to your insurance company for a pre-determination of medical necessity.  We ask that you bring any notes with you to your consultation from your primary care physician, chiropractor, physical therapist or other providers that will provide evidence that you have attempted other ways of treating your symptoms.

Typically, our plastic surgeon’s limited incision technique (to reduce post-operative scarring), lateral breast and underarm fat excess are reduced with VASER Liposuction, which is not covered by insurance.  Our nursing staff and a patient coordinator will discuss all of these options with you after your consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.


Breast Reduction Results

The individualized approach at evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics not only reduces the excess breast tissue but also lifts and supports the breast to a natural and balanced shape for each patient’s anatomy.  When done properly, breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) also reduces most of the symptoms associated with large breasts, including shoulder, back and neck pain, skin rash, and specific clothing issues.  The most significant patient benefit may be improved self-esteem and confidence.  For many women, success in healthy weight loss or maintenance is also possible because of improved ability for physical activity.


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Preparing for Your Breast Reduction

What to Know about a Breast Reduction

A surgical procedure comes with a lot of decisions and changes. To help prepare, patients should talk with their surgeon about any questions they might have throughout the process. The initial consultation will be the first opportunity to ask questions and become more comfortable with the surgeon and the procedure process. Patients should come up with their own personal questions, but might ask one of the following:

  • What is your experience with breast reduction surgery?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What technique will you be using for my breast reduction?
  • What can I expect during recovery?

Procedure Steps

Before the procedure, patients will be administered anesthesia to ensure a comfortable procedure process. For the incision, there are several options depending on the extent of the reduction needed. These might include:

  • A circle: an incision around the areola
  • A keyhole incision: an incision around the areola and down to the breast crease
  • An anchor: an incision around the areola, down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease

After the appropriate incisions are made, the nipple is repositioned and the breast tissue is reduced and lifted to improve sagging, and shaped to create symmetry. The incisions are then closed and sutured.


Breast Reduction Recovery

Reduced Recovery Time

Our plastic surgeons use advanced techniques to speed up recovery and ensure patient safety. Including, using long-acting nerve blockers in surgery to reduce post-operative discomfort, such as Exparel®. evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics believes in minimizing post-operative pain discomfort by using these strategies.

After Breast Reduction

After a breast reduction procedure, patients will have a recovery period in which they must wear bandages, a support bra, and a thin drainage tube to ensure successful healing. Pain medication will be provided to manage discomfort and a list of aftercare instructions will be given to the patient ahead of time.

Once the swelling subsides and the breasts continue to heal, patients can enjoy smaller, more comfortable breasts. Patients often find it easier to workout and perform daily tasks, wear the clothes they want, and experience an increase in self-confidence.

As is true in most surgical procedures, recovery time is variable for each patient and influenced by the extent of surgery needed, technique, individual patient anatomy, overall health status, and age.


Breast Reduction Cost

There are many factors that go into the cost of a breast reduction. This includes the incision type, other techniques being used, and the severity of the reduction. In some cases, as stated above, medical insurance may cover your procedure. Patients will be given a quote at their initial consultation that will detail the cost of their procedure and how much they can expect to pay.



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