I'd like to know if I'm a good candidate for a breast reduction surgery (photos)
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Harvard Educated, Beverly Hills & Miami Beach Trained, Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
#BreastLIft #BreastReduction - good candidate for a breast reduction
1) Based on these photos, it looks like you would benefit from a procedure. As you probably know, a Breast Lift and a Breast Reduction are essentially the same procedure, with the difference being the amount of tissue removed. If you're willing to have the scars associated with these procedures, they it seems that you could have a nice result. You don't indicate if you've had children or whether you plan to; those issues can factor into the recommended timing for a breast lift or reduction.
2) Getting an insurance company to "cover" a breast reduction is not necessarily that simple. Although there are formulas they typically reserve the right to make that decision only after the surgery. That can put you, and your surgeon, in a difficult position - what should be done if your surgeon feels that you have an appropriate and aesthetic result but the "required minimum" of tissue hasn't been met? Denser breast tissue will weigh more per unit volume that fattier tissue (nothing personal) and the result is usually based on volume - but the insurance company will make a decision, instead, based on weight.
These things need to be discussed with your PS. The safest approach is to pay for this procedure on your own and have it on an outpatient, ambulatory basis (where the costs are typically lower than in a hospital) and then get insurance reimbursement if applicable. Either way, you should have as good an idea as possible of both what the surgical results will be, and what your financial obligations will be.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
Dr. Alan EnglerMember of #RealSelf500
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Leland Deane, MD FACSNew York, NYGarden City, NY
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Unfortunately I can't comment on your insurance question as I am from Australia, but from a clinical perspective you are an excellent candidate for a reduction.
For what it is worth, I think you would get a significant improvement from a functional point of view as well as an aesthetic perspective.
A breast reduction essentially involves three components:
1. A reduction in breast tissue in both weight and volume2. A breast lift. Your nipple will be lifted to a more attractive position relative to your fold3. Tightening of the skin envelope. Obviously once the breast tissue has been reduced and the nipple lifted, there will be redundant skin that needs to be tightened.
Breast reduction patients are usually amongst the most satisfied patients in a plastic surgeon's practice, and it always rates highly on "worth it" scales.
Next step for you is finding a plastic surgeon you feel comfortable with. They will go over the specifics of the operation and should be able to answer your insurance questions.
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