I am 21 years old, two years ago I had a fine needle aspiration on my right breast. Throughout the two years I have noticed that my right breast has gotten drastically smaller. Now my breasts are very noticeably uneven. My left breast is about a full c and my left is almost a full a. I am looking to get implants to make my breasts at least somewhat even. What are the chances it will get covered by insurance?
Uneven Breasts - Will Insurance Cover Implants?
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Breast asymmetry options and insurance coverage
1) You can reduce the larger breast with liposuction or a traditional breast reduction technique
2) You can enlarge the smaller one with fat grafting or an implant
3) You can enlarge both but use different size implants
4) A lift procedure may also be needed to help address differences in shape, nipple position and areolar size.
Insurance coverage for asymmetry coverage may be challenging as insurance companies don't usually cover implants unless it is for cancer reconstruction. They may cover breast reduction of the larger size if there are specific medical concerns like back pain, neck pain, etc... They will require extensive documentation and it may still not be covered.
I would visit with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options in more detail.
Prior Authorization Necessary- And Commonly Unsuccessful
Unfortunately, most insurance companies only cover the expense of treating breast asymmetry when it’s associated with breast cancer.They view this type of procedure as purely cosmetic.Rarely, insurance carriers will cover the expense of these procedures when they’re associated with functional impairment.This usually requires going through the prior authorization process to establish medical necessity.This is usually always unsuccessful.
If you’re considering correction of breast asymmetry, it’s important that you meet with a Board-certified plastic surgeon that can discuss your aesthetic goals in greater detail and determine which option is best for you.When this approach is taken, the results of surgical intervention are usually excellent and levels of patient satisfaction are extremely high.
Assymetry and Insurance coverage
By law, insurance companies must pay for implants used in breast reconstruction associated with cancer. In fact, before 1998 even breast cancer reconstruction was not universally covered because insurance executives did not think that having breasts were "medically necessary" . It took a law to make that happen. Everything else will be considered cosmetic including asymmetry not related to cancer and thus not be covered. Every insurance is different with the exception that they profit by not paying for health care services. There is a perverse incentive to collect premiums from consumers and not pay for care. You have to be your strongest advocate for your health. As a consumer, call your insurance company and make your case. I bet you doctor will arm you with all the medical documentation.
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Following a medically necessary breast procedure, it is unlikely but possible to have your insurance company cover your surgery. Your asymmetry needs to be documented by photography and have your plastic surgeon send it in for a preauthorization. If your assymetry is dramatic, it won't hurt to give it a try.
Insurance and breast augmentation
Unfortunately, insurance companies do not cover surgery for breast augmentation even with significant asymmetry. Good luck.
Health Insurance Will Not Cover Breast Implants Due To Breast Asymmetry Alone
Despite your feeling that there is a medical reason for your breast asymmetry, I would say that there is no chance that insurance would cover breast implants, otherwise known in CPT coding as breast augmentation. For insurance to cover breast implants, it would have to be done for reconstructive purposes which insurance views as cancer-based. Only in cases of lumpectomies or mastectomies will insurance cover breast reconstruction with implants.
No insurance coverage for breast asymmetry
Asymmetery of the breasts is the norm - rarely are women's breasts identical. Even having undergone a fine needle biopsy of your breast, probably no insurance company today would cover this as a reconstructive procedure. Therefore, in order to improve the appearance and symmetry of your breasts, this would have to be paid out of pocket as a cosmetic procedure.
Breast asymmetry not covered by insurance.
Twenty years or so ago I wrote a textbook chapter on breast asymmetry, and because of that, have treated a lot of women with this problem. And we cannot get insurance coverage. It is a congenital deformity, and it should be covered, but unfortunately it is not.
You can try going to the plastic surgery clinic of a teaching hospital, where you usually get safe, inexpensive care.
Insurance coverage for breast implants- good luck with that
Althought the breast assymetry you describe is concern to you, and is temporally related to the FNA that you had done- I doubt an insurance company would pay for breast implants to address what is a purely cosmetic issue. Insurance companies do not cover cosmetic procedures. Breast augmentation can be done to address the assymetry that you do have, but plan to pay out-of-pocket for it.