How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?

I am quite sure my insurance plan cant cover the cost of breast reduction surgery. They don't consider it a medical necessity even though my breasts are causing me severe back pain and neck aches. About how much is a great plastic surgeon going to charge for a breast reduction? Does this include anesthesia too?  Warm thank you for helping me

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Cost of a Breast reduction

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The cost of a breast reduction varies from state to state. Currently in southern Oregon, the going rate is around $6000.00 for the surgery, operating room, and anesthesia (whole package). The surgeries performed here are done on an out-patient basis in a State certified ambulatory surgery center. 

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?

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Breast Reduction is a plastic Surgery procedure and it is not covered by Medical Aid or Insurance. The price will depend with where you choose to have your operation and with which Surgeon. Price for Breast Ruducton is 5800euros anesthesia is also included, our prices include patients transfers from the airport and back and also hotel stay for patients traveling from other countries.

Atlanta Breast Reduction Price $6,550.00

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If insurance denies coverage of your breast reduction the cost of the breast reduction at our facility is $6,550.00. This includes the physicians fee, anesthesia fee, facility fee and all of your follow up visits after surgery. Keep in mind that most surgery centers in this day and time have payment plans. The additional costs would be a lab work up, prescriptions, and pathology.

Breast reductions for Utah

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If you are paying for the reduction yourself the average price in Utah is $6000.00 - OR will run around $1200.00 and the anesthesia is about $1500.00  Grand total on average is $8,500-

Grant A. Fairbanks, MD - Account Suspended
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon

How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?

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Thank you for your question. Breast reduction surgery normally runs between $6000 - 8000.  Hope this helps.

Dr. Rast

Jon E. Rast, MD
Kansas City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Atlanta Breast Reduction cost

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Most breast reduction performed are covered by health insurance. However, not all insurance cover breast reduction. Many patients who are denied coverage can pay for their breast reduction. Our breast reduction also includes breast lift and liposuction of the sides. In our fully accredited plastic surgery center, the cost of breast reduction ranges from $6500 to $8500. Breast reduction in our facility are performed as outpatients procedure. We use special sutures to minimize scarring and we preserve the nipple.
However, your best plastic surgeon for breast reduction has the experience, training, and results that relates to you. Do your research and find a real Plastic Surgeon and book a paid consultation. Free consults are just a sales pitch and does not work in your best interest.

Below are other criteria to use when selecting a Plastic surgeon.
Questions to ask (Answering NO is a big red flag)
1) Are you a plastic surgeon? (Do you know difference between cosmetic surgeon & plastic surgeon)
2) Are you board certified in Plastic Surgery?
3) Will the procedure be performed at a fully accredited procedure room or ambulatory surgery center
4) Do you have hospital privilege to perform liposuction and tummy tuck? Which Hospital?
5) Do you offer complication insurance (it does happen, it better to be safe)
The most important decision is to do your homework well.

98.7% of Patients say Breast Reduction is Worth It!

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Most insurance companies cover breast reduction because it is a very functional procedure.  In a large outcome study, approximately 90 % of the major symptoms; (back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, shoulder strap grooving and rash beneath the breast), and 50% of headaches,  are either eliminated or improved with breast reduction. 
Women report an ability to breathe better, sleep better, exercise better and fit in clothing better after breast reduction. 

A few insurance companies expressly exclude breast reduction, but not that many.   Your plastic surgeon can help you determine if you have insurance coverage for breast reduction.  Most women do.   

However in the modern world of no insurance, under-insurance, and high deductibles, many patients fall short of getting an insurance to cover their reduction. 

Therefore, most plastic surgeons offer a 'cosmetic' price for breast reduction.  The average price on RealSelf is $6,725.  

My fee for cosmetic breast reduction is $6240.  

This includes:  
The facility fee in our Joint Commission accredited Surgicenter (the highest form accreditation, the only one in Savannah).  
The anesthesia fees
The surgeons fees.  

Breast Reduction has a very high satisfaction rate. In a large outcome study, 98.7% of women were either Very Glad, or Glad that they had breast reduction. 

The vast majority of my breast reduction patients over the age of 30 say:  "My only regret is that I wish that I had done it sooner!"

Insurance will likely "cover" your surgery

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Breast reduction surgery is still "covered" by most insurance companies if the criteria is met. The problem is that even when covered you will likely have a large deductible as well as copay. I tend to sort through everything prior to the surgery and come up with a payment the patient will be responsible for prior to surgery and this takes the anxiety out of the equation for everyone. I have a full time employe who's sole purpose is to get such procedures authorized, as do most breast surgeons, so you can be assured everything will be done that can be done.

Joshua B. Hyman, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Cost of Breast Reduction

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The cost of breast reduction surgery varies widely across the country and even in communities. It sounds like your surgery could be covered by your insurance unless there is a specifiic exclusion. Most insurance companies look at the estimate of breast tissue to be removed in relation to your height and weight as well as symptoms such as you have described. Don't hesitate to appeal the insurance company's initial denial. I have also had some success in getting state insurance commissions involved. Good Luck!

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon

Breast reduction costs

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Thanks for your question, breast reduction and lift surgery costs may vary, I recommend always a surgeon with experience in this area, watching his before and after photos may help. The costs for doing this procedures in my clinic is from US$2,800 to Us$3,200. 


Kemil Issa, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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