Would a surgeon be willing to do a double mastectomy on someone who isn't at risk for cancer? (photos)
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It sounds that you would benefit from breast reduction and lift rather than complete mastectomy to make you feel comfortable. Please get a few opinions from reputable breast surgeons / plastic surgeons before you do anything as radical as mastectomies for your symptoms. Mastectomy can be a life saving intervention and our techniques have improved dramatically over recent years so that women can retain their nipples and skin and have an excellent cosmetic result while reducing their risk of developing breast cancer (if done prophylactically - before cancer) or recurrence - after development of cancer. But in those patients without breast cancer or a high risk of developing it, the risk benefit ratio may not be worth it. Despite a great look, mastectomy and reconstruction compromises sensation - some women are completely numb. Frequently women require several revisions to get the look they want and surgery is painful and not without risk, however minimal. Good luck and take care.
Please don't just straight to a mastectomy!
Breast lift or mastectomy?
See the below link on some suggestions on finding the most qualified Plastic Surgeon for a breast lift or a mastectomy.
A mastopexy or breast-lift operation is designed to improve the shape and position of the breasts without reducing their size. It is used for breasts that sag but are not overly large. Sagging of the breasts may occur with normal development for some women, or as a part of aging. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss are other conditions which increase breast ptosis (sagging). Some patients will achieve a better breast shape if an implant is used at the time of mastopexy.
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You our likely would not qualify for insurance coverage, but a cosmetic breast reduction would work. The average cost on RealSelf is $6775. There are regional cost differences. My charge for a breast reduction (including facility fee, anesthesia, and surgeons fee is $5740.
Double mastectomy without cancer risk
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