Hi my names Bobbi I'm 24 years old 5"1 and my breast size is 36dd. My husband was looking into this on a show. I've always had back problems, been the same size for 2 plus years. I have blue cross blue shield right now. Thought about looking into and getting looked at to see if I qualify for reduction. And help would be appreciated.
Would I Qualify for a Breast Reduction?
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Breast reduction criteria
Breast reductions are authorized by insurance companies if 2 criteria are met. First, you must have symptoms generated by enlarge breasts such as neck, back or shoulder pain or rashes. Second, you must have an amount removed that meets their criteria. At size 36 DD each 200 grams would be 1 cup size change. They detemine the amount removed based on your body surface area, computed from your height and weight. My guess is that they will probably require 500 grams removal, which would put you about a size C. You may not be happy with that because it may not be proportionate to your body size. Your other alternative is pay for it yourself and you get the size you want without excessive removal. There is a new technique called The Ultimate Breast Reduction, which transfers the weight of your breasts to the underlying muscle. This is done without any vertical scars so you don't have the ugly boat anchor shaped incisions and pain relief is immediate.
Gary Horndeski, M.D.
Insurance coverage for breast reductions
You are describing a clinical set of symptoms that suggests you may be a candidate for breast reduction. More and more insurance companies are listing this procedure on their exclusion page which doesnt offer coverage unless certain criteria are met. Ask your insurance company about this first and then talk to a plastic surgeon.
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Breast Reduction Candidate?
Thank you for the question.
Based on your description you may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery; This operation is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform.
The best way to obtain insurance coverage for breast reduction surgery involves some “hoops” to jump through. The more documentation you have (for example, from your primary care doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor etc.) the better when it comes to obtaining insurance “authorization” for the procedure. This documentation and letter/pictures from your plastic surgeon will help you obtain authorization. Make sure you are consulting with well-trained/experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.
Also, be prepared to be persistent when dealing with health insurance companies.
Breast reduction and insurance
First, it is always best to ask your insurance company for the criteria that they use to determine eligibility. Some may want 6 months of notes from treating physicians for your symptoms( i.e. chiropractor, ortho, derm, internist) It is always a good idea to see a plastic surgeon to see if you are a candidate. It sounds like you are from your description. Good luck.
Breast reduction criteria
Breast Reduction sounds reasonable
Bobbi, you sound like you would benefit from a breast reduction. You will need to meet the criteria that your insurance companies has for this procedure. Sometimes the criteria are pretty hard to meet. I always recommend that patients call the insurance company and ask to see the list of criteria that is required for a breast reduction from that company. The next step is to get a consultation from a board certified plastic surgeon and the practice will know how to obtain the preauthorization. If you do your part from the consumer side and the practice does its part then you have a better chance of success.
Qualification For Breast Reduction
It sounds as if you are a good candidate for a breast reduction with your DD cup size and back pain. You should get a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon with whom you can discuss the procedure. Afterwards he/she can communicate with your insurance company.
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