I'm 16, 5 feet tall, weigh about 140, am a DDD cup and wish to have a breast reduction. I meet all the requirements for a bilateral breast reduction except the age, but I'm fully developed and my breast/cup size hasn't changed for 3 years. My insurance claims I must be 18 to be "fully developed" but I am one of the exceptions to the development rule. Is there any way I can get around the age limit? If so, how? And if not, then what insurance does accept women under 18 for this procedure?
Why is the Age 18 for Breast Reductions for Women?
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Insurance coverage for breast reduction
Based on your measurements you seem to need a breast reduction. The insurance just places the restriction without any real medical substantiation. I have had many difficulties with my own patient getting coverage. The best way to get coverage is to call your insurance company...remember you are the consumer.
Age limits for breast reduction
There is no medical reason to wait until 18; it is your insurance that it imposing this limit. Your options are to change insurance companies, see a plastic surgeon who can appeal your case to your insurance and see if it can be approved, or to pay for it yourself. Good luck to you. It sounds like you are an excellent candidate for a reduction.
Breast reduction at 18 or older?
There is no specific age for you to wait to undergo a breast reduction. Your insurance has set its own terms. While it is not as common to treat teens, some fall into the category of needing it. I always like for my patients to wait until they have fully grown unless they have severe gigantomastia. Good luck.
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No Reason to Wait Until 18 Years Old for Breast Reduction
From a medical point of view, there is no reason to wait until a patient is 18 years old before having a breast reduction. The patient's symptoms, activity limitations and breast growth are the main factors. However, insurance plans have their own policies.
Your options are to ask for an appeal from your insurance company with review by a plastic surgeon, find another insurance plan, or pay for it outside of insurance.