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Breast Reduction Cost

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?

 average costRange: $5,000-$7,000 
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  Typical costs:
  • The cost of a breast reduction usually ranges from $5,000 to $7,000. This estimate includes an anesthesia fee of $1,000 to $1,500 and a facility fee of $500 to $2,000 as well as the surgeon's fee, which averages $5,500, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Reducing very large breasts that require extra work to remove tissue and reshape the nipple area can expect to pay more. For this reason, a doctor will need an in-office consultation to give an accurate cost estimate.
Related articles: Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Liposuction

What should be included:
  • The surgeon makes incisions in the breast, usually around the areola and underneath the breast, and then removes excess fat and tissue to reduce the breast to the desired size. Because the weight of large breasts often stretches the areola, the doctor usually also reduces its size, and then removes excess skin and lifts the breast to make it higher and firmer. To try to keep nipple sensation and the ability to breastfeed, the surgeon usually leaves the nipple attached during the surgery.
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers a description and diagrams of breast reduction techniques.
Additional costs:
  • Post-surgical support bras, which usually cost about $100 each, as well as a hot/cold breast compress at about $25. Also, doctors will prescribe pain medication, which might be covered by insurance.
  • Sometimes, additional surgery is required, either because of complications or because the patient is dissatisfied with the results. This can cost as much as, or more than, the initial procedure.
  • Tip: Ask your surgeon if you can get free or discounted services by allowing your before and after photos to be used on websites or in advertisements.
Shopping for breast reduction:
  • Tip: Because breast reduction is not always considered a cosmetic surgery, and can alleviate health problems such as back pain and posture problems, health insurance will often cover the cost. Check with your insurance company and your doctor, who may have to write a letter stating that the reduction is medically necessary.
  • Tip: Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with plenty of experience performing breast surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons[1] provides a free referral service. When you meet with your surgeon, discuss the benefits as well as risks, which include infection, numbness or change in nipple sensation and even loss of circulation to the nipple that necessitates nipple removal. Smokers are at a higher risk for nipple loss, so they should quit at least two weeks before surgery.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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