Will Insurance Cover a Reduction for 44DD Breasts?

If i have a 44 double d at 18 years old if it possible my insurace will cover it then? If not what will the price look like?

Doctor Answers 6

Breast Reduction for 18 Year Old?

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Thank you for the question.
It sounds like  you are dealing with juvenile breast hypertrophy along with the physical and psychosocial consequences of this diagnosis. In other words, the breasts are too large for the frame causing  both physical and psychological distress.
As  you think  about  breast reduction surgery make sure you do your homework and understand the potential risks and complications associated with  the procedure.  Unsatisfactory scarring is  one of the potential complications. Make sure you also understands that further surgery may be necessary in the future (for example if the breasts were to grow in size again).
On the other hand, breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform and I think that for the right teenager (enough symptoms) it may be an excellent option (regardless of the age).
Sometimes breast  reduction surgery is covered through health insurance. 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're  working with a well-trained/experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.

I hope this helps.

Breast reduction fees and insurance coverage.

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Seek a certifed surgeon and have them compose a predetermination of benefits letter to ascertain your level of coverage. Out of pocket expenses vary tremendously on surgeons techniques (resection versus liposuction), surgery facility, anesthesia, etc. Fees would vary from 5000-15,000 USD.


Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Breast reduction and insurance and costs

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Your insurance should cover this surgery with that size but it really varies by carrier. Some of the criteria used are how much is removed, whether you have problems(skin) under the breasts. Our cost for a breast reduction is $8500 but because of the economy, I am offering a temporary price reduction of 40%!! There is additional cost of operating room and MD anesthesiologist.

Edward J. Domanskis, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Insurance and breast reductions

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Each insurance company has different criteria regarding approval for breast reduction. You should contact your insurance company to find out their policy.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Breast reduction covered by insurance.

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This will depend on several factors. Your reduction will have to be determined medically necessary. You will need evidence to back that up for example back, neck, or shoulder pain, indentations from your bra straps, skin irritation underneath your breasts, restriction of physical activity due to the weight and size of your breasts, etc. It will also depend on the amount of breast tissue that is removed. Every insurance is different, but you can always check with your specific insurance to see what they will potentially cover.

If they won't cover the procedure, depending on which procedure exactly is done, the price can range anywhere from $5,000-$8,000. This will also vary depending on which surgeon you go to and the area that you are in.

Best regards,

Dr. Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Insurance cover a reduction for 44DD breast

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Most likely but see in person a boarded plastic surgeon in your area to write you a "predetermination letter" to the insurance company. If no insurance, the fee range is from $4500 to $8500.


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