I am 37 years old, 5'7", 158 lbs, 36G (increased from 32F prior to kids). My goal weight is 135 lbs and I am now losing weight. What type of breast reduction is most appropriate for me, what is the approx cost, and is it likely to be covered by insurance? Is liposuction an option? What size breast would you recommend I go down to?
Breast Reduction from G Cup: What Size is Appropriate
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Breast Reduction Size
Unfortunately, no one can give you a precise answer to your question.
It is however, very important to communicate your size goals with your surgeon. In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or “C cup” or "fake looking" means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful.
Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate.
I have found the use of pictures very helpful in improving the chances of achieving the patient's goals as consistently as possible ( although no system is 100% accurate).
Determing size for breast reduction
Large breasts can restrict your lifestyle and cause a variety of medical problems. Even drastic weight loss won't result in more than negligible shrinkage. Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue and reshapes the contour of the breasts so that they are smaller and perkier. I commonly use a minimal incision technique (Le Jour), eliminating the need for large scars while providing a pleasing breast contour and shape that is proportionate to the patients body.
Your surgeon knows exactly how much tissue he or she is taking out, because it is weighed after removal. And breast reduction comes with an added bonus: the extracted breast tissue is always sent to the lab and examined by a pathologist for signs of cysts or cancer. Having smaller breasts can take years off your appearance!
Insurance may cover your procedure, but it depends on how much tissue is removed and if you're experiencing pain due to your large breasts.
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Breast reduction goal size is a personal decision
Your breast size following breast reduction surgery depends on multiple variables including: height, weight, pre-operative breast size, and ultimately the patient's aesthetic desires. Although breast reduction for symptomatic macromastia is very much a functional operation (i.e. it is performed to improve function and reduce symptoms like back pain and rashes below the breast), aesthetic preferences should also be considered. This operation is frequently covered by medical insurance carriers. To learn more about the criteria, click on the link below.
Breast reduction insurance coverage.
Insurance Coverage for Breast Reduction
Article by George J. Beraka, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon80% of breast reduction questions on RealSelf are about insurance coverage. Here are some helpful points.
1) Insurance companies try very hard not to pay for breast reduction, even though they should. Even small breast reductions relieve many symptoms such as back pain and shoulder pain, and even some types of headaches.
2) Very big reductions (like from an F cup to a C cup) will usually be covered.
3) Many policies will pay for breast reduction if 500 grams (a little more than a pound) or more are removed from each breast.
4) Some policies take your height and weight into account. So that if you are tiny, smaller reductions will be covered. Find out the details of your policy.
5) DON'T get too much of a reduction just to satisfy the insurance company. You will be unhappy with tiny breasts.
6) Your surgeon needs to request pre-certification IN WRITING, and attach as much evidence as possible.
7) Evidence includes letters from your internist, orthopedic surgeon, and/or chiropractor stating that breast reduction will relieve your symptoms.
8) Some companies require that you try "alternative treatments" such as weight loss and physical therapy first.
9) Don't give up. If the first request is denied, demand an appeal.
10) If there is no insurance, and you cannot afford to pay a private surgeon, go to the plastic surgery clinic of a teaching hospital. There, residents do the surgery under supervision, and the cost is minimal. In New York City, we train residents and fellows at Lenox Hill Hospital, and they do good work.
Questions on breast reduction surgery
Since your goal is to lose some additional weight which you have been successful at doing, you should get close to your target weight before undergoing a breast reduction. The long term results with this approach will be more precise and the desired shaped maintained better.
Whether or not a breast reduction will be covered by your insurance company will depend on your specific plan as well as the criteria that they set forth for coverage. Some insurance plans make breast reduction an exclusion for coverage.
Finally, you need to discuss with your plastic surgeon the issue of size. You want to be small enough to make a significant difference in symptoms and appearance but not too small to be disproportionate. Most women aim for a size in the C/D range.
Breast reduction, choosing the right size
Hi. Breast reduction surgery patients are some of my happiest patients. The procedure benefits patients both functionally and cosmetically. In deciding what size to reduce the breast to "C" or "D" is most common. I ask women to consider their pant size to keep things in proportion. We don't like buying a suit where the jacket or top is one size and the bottom has to be a different size. That goes for dresses too. So if you are a size 6 on the bottom, for example, you probably should be a B-C on the top. Your surgeon should consider your chest width, size of the breast and technique to be used. Some techniques can not reduce a breast as much as others. Some breast reductions are covered by insurance if the criteria are met. You are asking all the right questions. You need to have the answers clear before the surgery.
Breast Reduction Appropriate Size
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