Is it possible to combine a cosmetic arm lift and a breast reduction covered by insurance?

Can the two procedures, one cosmetic one covered by insurance be done at the same time

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Is it possible to combine a cosmetic arm lift and a breast reduction covered by insurance?

Thank you for your question. It is possible to combine insurance covered procedure such as breast reduction with a cosmetic surgery. An armpit lift can be done at the same time anesthesia as a breast reduction so that you can recover from both procedures at the same time. Please see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to enquire about the details. Good luck!


Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Combining procedures

Yes it is possible to have these two procedures done on the same day.  The surgeon can give you an estimate for the arm lift part of the portion and the breast reduction portion will be billed to your insurance.  Check to make sure that the surgeon you select takes your insurance.  The recovery from combining these two procedures is a bit longer, so be sure that you have someone available to help you for a few days, especially with lifting.

Camille Cash, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Breast reduction and arm lift at the same time, covered by insurance

It is possible to have both procedures done at the same time, and your insurance may cover both. That said, you have to understand that it is very rare for insurance to cover an arm list. Discuss the matter with your surgeon and you can also explore other financing options.

It is imperative that you seek the advice of a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has extensive experience in brachioplasty / arm lift.

I wish you the best.

Dr. Gabbay.

Joubin Gabbay, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Reduction and Arm Lift

Thank you for your question.. It is very possible to combine these two surgeries together as long as you are in good health and understand the risks.  Many patients will choose to pay out of pocket for a cosmetic procedure while they are undergoing an insurance procedure to avoid two recovery periods.  Make sure you have some good assistance at home and discuss your recovery expectations with your surgeon.  Good luck!

Larry Pollack, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Arm Lift and Breast Reduction Combined Yes but Depends on Location

Thank you for your question. In general a cosmetic procedure and an insurance procedure can be performed during  the same setting as long as the combination is safe.  Therefore, an arm lift (brachioplasty) and breast reduction can be performed at the same time as this combination has not shown an increased risk of complications. This assumes that the patients medical conditions allow a longer operative time. The other thing to consider is the setting in which the procedure will be performed. The insurance company may restrict the setting (hospital, outpatient multi-specialty surgical center or hospital surgical center) this may affect the cost of your cosmetic procedure making it much higher in a hospital setting or multispecialty center. A favorable situation would be if your plastic surgeon has access to his own plastic surgical center which also is certified to take insurance based cases. This would likely be the most favorable setting for both the cosmetic and insurance based procedure in terms of cost.  

Arm Lift and Breast Reduction Combination Surgery #plasticsurgery #armlift

  • Arm lifts and breast reductions may be combined.
  • And yes it is possible to have insurance pay for the breast reduction, while paying out of pocket for the arm lift.
  • Many choose to combine these procedures to avoid two post-op recoveries.
  • Definitely meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns. 

Arm Lift and Breast Reduction

Yes.  If you are otherwise healthy, not only can they be done safely at the same time, they should be done at the same time as it would be only one procedure, one recovery, and less expensive for you than if done separately.

Combining breast reduction with arm lift

Thanks of your question.  Yes, it is possible to do both procedures in one surgery under the same anesthesia, though the arm lift portion of the surgery will likely need to be paid out of pocket, as insurances don't typically cover this procedure.  You can discuss the specifics with the plastic surgeon's office staff to understand the breakdown of what would be covered by your insurance and what would be out of pocket.  Best or luck!

Arm lift and breast reduction

These can frequently be combined to achieve a nicer result from the arm through the arm pit / chest and to the breast for a nice "S" contour.

If a portion is covered by insurance it can be combined with non-insurance during the same surgery. Office staff should be able to assist.

An exam and consultation with a plastic surgeon is recommended to discuss your options and expectations.

Insurance coverage for Arm and Breast Reduction

We have never seen Arm reduction covered by insurance.   Of course Breast Reduction may be cover....depending on size of the patient, size of breast , amount removed and insurance specifics......in the New York area we have not been able to get insurance to pay more than half of what we charge.

Thomas W. Loeb, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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