Can I Get a Breast Reduction for Free at a 36DD?

Am 19 at 5'7 and 125lbs and I have back pains because my breast are big for my body frame

Doctor Answers 10

Free reduction

It may be covered by your insurance and if so it depends on your deductible and how much of it has been met.

Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Breast Reduction for Free

Breast reduction can be paid through insurance. You will need to meet the criteria of your insurance company, and ensure that you have proper documentation. The percentage paid will be based on your insurance plan and whether your surgeon participates within the network.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Breast Reduction - Can I Get a Breast Reduction for Free

We assume that you're asking if your breast reduction will be covered by your insurance (very little is truly free; SOMEONE'S paying for it!)  That depends on the specifics of your body (height, weight, bra size) and your insurance company.  Each company has its own criteria.  It is, in general, getting harder and harder to have procedures such as these "covered," but the larger your breasts are relative to your overall body frame, the greater the likelihood this surgery would be covered. In order to determine that you should contact your insurance company, get a list of surgeons who accept the insurance as full payment (ie who are "on the panel") and then go meet with a few of them.  See which ones you like and then ask them to help you check this with your insurance company.  Hopefully, you will be able to have the surgery without having to pay anything extra.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

Breast reductions can be covered by health insurance

Since you are relatively thin, it is very likely your back pain is due to the large size of your breasts. I would consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for a complete examination and review your current health insurance. The plastic surgeon typically will submit photos of your breasts and a letter of medical necessity to the insurance company. Once approved you should be able to have your surgery almost entirely covered by your health insurance; however this may depend on the specific plan you have and the size of your breasts.


Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 382 reviews

Breast reduction

If you mean not paying anything or getting it covered by insurance, the answer is probably no. Not even in a resident clinic will it be performed for free.  If it is through insurance, then it is possible depending upon your exam and symptoms.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Breast reduction coverage

Each insurance company has its own criteria.  Begin by checking on your insurance company's website to ascertain what criteria it imposes.  Then you will know whether there are requirements that you have yet to fulfill in terms of documented conservative medical management.  Generally, the insurers expect to see proof that, for a certain time period, you have tried medication, chiropractic, physical therapy,etc. which have been unavailing and that there have been complaints to your medical doctors.  If you are looking for "free" surgery, then you will need to see an in-network physician in an in-network facility and still meet any deductibles and co-payments.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Breast reduction for free?

If you have health insurance, you might want to check your policy to see what criteria need to be met for them to cover breast reduction surgery.  Your plastic surgeon's office or insurance coordinator may help you with this process.  If you are a candidate for insurance coverage under your policy (there is "medical necessity" for the surgery), you may still have a deductible to meet or other fees that you will be responsible for.  There is no "free" surgery, as medical care costs are significant.  Insurance helps pay for some of those costs, and every policy is not the same. 

Michelle A. Spring, MD, FACS
Missoula Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Insurance may cover surgery

If you do have medical insurance, most insurance companies will cover the cost or a portion of your surgery (you will have to find a plastic surgeon that accepts your insurance). However, the surgery is not technically free of cost.  Good Luck!

Leonard Hochstein, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 206 reviews

Breast Reduction Surgery for Free?

Thank you for your question.

Sometimes your insurance will cover the breast reduction surgery (you would have to take care of any patient portion you may have) but otherwise, I do not think you can have the procedure performed for free as there are lots of expenses associated with having surgery.

Good Luck.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,503 reviews

No free breast reductions

Please understand that it costs the doctor and the facility and the staff and the insurance etc several thousands of dollars to do your surgery so it isn't actually reasonable to expect that this can be done for free for you.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

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