Consultation scheduled - Hoping to get insurance coverage (United Health Care) for a second BR. (Photo)

60 years old, 5'5" and 170 lb. Had my 1st BR when I was 25 or 26 years old and would like to do again. Don't have 1st operative notes but I have vertical scars going straight down from nipple to breast curve (no anchor). I'm a 40-42 D or DD. Hoping to go to B cup & would love est. of recovery time and to know if I might need FNG. My goal is to make this my LAST BR and to get as small as I can possibly go. Thanks for any suggestions, advice! I'd really like to get insurance to cover!

Doctor Answers 2

Insurance Coverage For Breast Reduction

Depending on your insurance carrier, these are the most important things that they will consider. 
  1. Height and weight
  2. Pre-0p Breast Size
  3. Amount of anticipated tissue to be removed from each breast
Well documented letter from your surgeon with: 
  1. symptoms
  2. photographs
  3. Conservative Treatments
Possible Mammogram if over the age of 40
Good Luck


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Breast Reduction Covered by Insurance?

Getting coverage will depend on your current insurance policy, most require that a minimum of 500 grams of breast tissue need to be removed and that usually equates to a DD cup size. The best way to find out if you can get approval is to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and have your surgeon see if he/she can get authorization for you. Good luck!

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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