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average cost of breast reduction

When it comes to breast reductions, the process of recovering from surgery and feeling more confident in your body is not the only thing to consider. You also want to know what you’ll be paying for this procedure, and what kind of insurance coverage you might be able to receive.

Most women’s breasts are a mixture of glandular tissues and fat tissues. The glandular tissues are responsible for milk production, while the fat tissues make up the meaty part. The more glandular tissue you have, the more expensive it will be to get rid of it through surgery.

You can find out what type of breasts you have by having a mammogram done on them. You can also ask your doctor about your specific situation because every woman is different when it comes to breast size and body type.

average cost of breast reduction

Surgeon Selection

All surgeons have their own approach for performing breast reductions, based on different amenities at their disposal, experience level, and accreditations. Surgeon selection is a critical piece of the puzzle, especially when it comes to influencing the cost of surgery.

It’s important to choose a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) with extensive experience in all types of breast surgery. Board certification may not always guarantee the best results; however, it does require rigorous education and surgical training to improve the odds of a successful outcome. Certification type is also important; there are over 150 self-designated boards but only a handful recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

At Austin-Weston, our three plastic surgeons have accumulated a combined 75 years of experience, and with that have cultivated an excellent reputation in the DC Metro Area and surrounding community. Each surgery is preceded by an extensive consultation appointment and the expert-eye of our surgeons to create life-changing results.

Scope of Procedure

As with most procedures, the cost for a breast reduction will depend on the scope of the surgery required and according to the individual, their areas of concerns and expectations. Patients with extremely large, oversized breasts require a more extensive surgery in order remove excess tissue and to reposition and reshape the nipple, which can increase the cost of the procedure. Each breast reduction surgery procedure is unique, so addressing cost can be premature until a surgeon has examined the breasts and develops a surgical plan tailored for each patient.

Operating Facility

This is an important factor to consider not only because of overall cost but because it may put a price tag on the importance of your safety and satisfaction. The importance of having your procedure performed in an accredited surgical facility by qualified staff is critical in the decision-making process. Do not try to cut costs by sacrificing safety and having your procedure performed at a non-accredited practice or surgeon who is not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

The Austin-Weston Center is a free-standing surgery facility located in Reston, Virginia, equipped with five surgical suites and certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Our surgeons are in plastic surgery, our Certified Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are nationally certified by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists, and all personnel is licensed and certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Surgical Expenses

You should ask the surgeon directly if these are all the costs involved in your estimate. Since there are no set costs for any of these expenses, it is important to explore multiple options by meeting with several surgeons and getting estimates for not only their surgeon fees but also the additional surgical-related expenses.

When estimating the cost of a breast reduction, always account for additional surgery-related expenses:

Anesthesia Fees

Anesthesia costs for breast reductions vary considerably. If anesthesia is administered by a Anesthesiologist the cost will be higher. With a CRNA (or Nurse Anesthetist), on the other hand, the price is lower. Another factor for lower costs is using a non-certified anesthetist nurse, or medical assistant to deliver the anesthetic drugs (and yes, this happens). Anesthesia fees are incurred hourly, so if the surgeon has a meticulous technique causing them to operate at a slow pace, the price will increase in conjunction with speed.

Geographic Location

When researching procedure, it’s important to consider geographic location instead of the national average when it comes to calculating the cost. The fly in the ointment is that the total cost varies widely among regions, with plastic surgery hotspots like Manhattan, Beverly Hills, Miami and Los Angeles at the higher end of the spectrum. In comparison, lightly populated areas, such as the Mid-West, will have much lower costs.

The reason plastic surgery costs vary geographically, like major urban centers, is typically due to higher overhead costs for surgeons in these areas. The first step in considering the price is to assess costs based on your location and the cost of living is in that area. To get ballpark prices for procedures in your area, use the Healthcare Blue Book (works the same as Kelley Blue Book for car prices).

Considerations Aside from Cost

While cost will always be a factor, it should not be the only reason for selecting one plastic surgeon or practice over another. There are several other factors to consider:

  • Experienced in Performing Procedure
  • Former Patient Ratings and Reviews
  • Emotional Connection with Surgeon

Payment and Financing

Since breast reduction surgery is often performed for medical and non-cosmetic reasons, the procedure can occasionally be covered by your insurance policy. To confirm, contact your insurance provider to find out if all or part of the procedure is covered. For procedures not covered by insurance, or if a portion of the procedure is not covered, most plastic surgeons offer monthly payment plans and financing options if a patient is interested in taking that route.

When the time comes and you’re ready to take the leap, it sometimes becomes necessary to look at the benefits of financing your procedure. Almost all practices accept credit cards but patients should carefully consider the interest rates associated with all available options. There are also several third-party financing companies that deal exclusively with patients interested in treatments not covered by insurance.

Don’t Cut Quality Corners

Choosing a well-qualified, plastic surgeon and asking the right questions will increase your chances of getting the most favorable return on investment and the ultimate cosmetic surgery goal… an investment in the best version of yourself.

Real Patients, Life-Changing Results

Visit our before-and-after gallery to view photos of real patients that have undergone breast reduction surgery; click here to see the dramatic transformations and life-changing results.

In an era where many women want a prominent bust and appeal to breast implants, a special category is confronting with serious health problems caused by too large breasts: back pain, muscle pain, spinal deformity by improper posture, skin problems caused by sweating, unable to sleep on stomach and also a damaged appearance after a certain age.

Reduction mammoplasty represents the surgery procedure of breast reduction. The first breast reduction surgery has been described in the VIIth century, and today is one of the most common plastic surgeries. The breasts’ size and weight can be reduced through various surgical techniques that differ mainly in two aspects: the location of incisions (and the resulting scars) and the gland portion (pedicle) maintained after the excess tissue is removed.
What is the surgeries’ point?
Breast Reduction aims to improve the breast proportions, position and appearance, contributing to local harmony. In addition, reducing excess breast tissue improves the quality of life, along with the elimination of macro mania symptoms – spine pain, shoulders, chest, etc. – and increases mobility. Like any plastic surgery, it is important to know what the patient needs to change, and surgical remodeling possibilities, to be in concordance with their expectations.
Breast reduction surgeries’ purpose:
breast reduction volume;
a breasts’ more natural positioning (ptosis breast correction);
areola reduction size and thereof a more natural position;
getting local symmetry.
When is surgery indicated?
Reduction mammoplasty surgery is strictly individualized, and therefore can’t be practiced to meet someone else’s desires or to copy an ideal image. The plastic surgeon, taking into account the patient’s wishes and expectations, will determine the most appropriate procedure for breast reduction. Often, this procedure has medical indications (when macro mania causes pain to the spine, shoulders, chest, or when the imbalance caused by the excessive weight of the breasts is causing deformities of the spine). On some occasions this surgical procedure is performed only for aesthetic purposes.
The ideal patient for this procedure is a healthy non-smoking person that doesn’t present distinguishable weight fluctuations.
Requirements that should be met by the patient:
large and heavy breasts produce unpleasant symptoms like sore back, shoulders, chest, neck, spine deformities, irritation in submammary fold (inframammary intertrigo), difficulty in deeply breathing;
difficulty in finding suitable clothes;
patient’s health is good;
patient’s expectations are realistic.
How does the surgery go?
In general, Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery lasts about 3-4 hours but may be extended, if it is necessary, depending on the complexity of changes.
There are many surgical procedures of breast reduction, differentiated by the size and location of the incisions, as well as depending on the excision method for the excess breast tissue.
The most common incision describes an outline like “a keyhole”, which ensures access to breast tissue. The resulting scar is similar to an “anchor” or an “inverted T” formed by periareolar paths, which continues with a median vertical scar, perpendicular to a slightly curved scar, situated under the breast (in the inframammary fold)

The procedure can relieve physical symptoms such as breast discomfort, neck ache, backache, shoulder pain, skin irritations under the breast fold, painful pressure from bra straps and difficulties and discomfort during exercise.

What happens during breast reduction surgery?

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Breast reduction is performed under a general anaesthetic. It can take between one-and-a-half to three hours.

There are several different surgical procedures for breast reduction. Excess skin and fat is removed. Your breasts are reshaped and the nipples are repositioned. All procedures result in a scar around the areola (dark area around the nipple) and each method results in additional scarring. Your surgeon will discuss each procedure with you and together you will decide which is best in your particular case. Breast reduction can also be used to correct asymmetry (imbalance) of your breasts.

Going home after breast reduction surgery

Patients are usually required to stay in hospital one to two nights. You will have dressings on your breasts and there may be drains (plastic tubes). The drains are usually removed before you leave hospital.

You will be given post-operative pain killers and instructions regarding your dressings and any stitches you may have.

Most patients are mobile from day one and return to normal activities within six weeks. However everyone heals differently. Be sure and discuss your return to work with your surgeon.

The results of breast reduction improve gradually over time. Your breasts should become softer and more natural as the healing continues.

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