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Cost of Breast Reduction Surgery
What is the cost of Breast Reduction Surgery?
Suitable candidates for breast reduction surgery are healthy, well-adjusted women, who have large breasts that cause discomforts such as:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Chest pain
- Shoulder pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Rash under breasts
- Difficulty to assess breast lumps
In most cases, breast reduction surgery is not done until the breasts are fully grown, usually by age 16 to 18. A Breast reduction procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia in a surgery center.
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. Breast reduction cost involves several fees, including the anesthesia fee, the facility fee, and the surgeon’s fee. A surgeon’s fee for breast reduction is based on his or her experience as well as geographic location. The surgeon’s fee is the most difficult to predict without first knowing the extent of the procedure.
One of the factors that affects breast reduction cost is the type of the breast reduction that is needed. The next factor in breast reduction cost calculation is whether your insurance company will cover the breast reduction of not. Another important consideration in calculating the breast reduction cost is whether the patient needs or desires a breast lift together with the procedure.
As mentioned above, the complexity and type of the breast reduction will affect the overall cost of the breast reduction surgery. The simpler breast liposuction is less expensive than the vertical scar breast reduction which in turn is less expensive that the anchor-type breast reduction and lift. Women whose breasts are sagging but not too large will benefit from a breast lift (also known as Mastopexy) rather than a breast reduction.
The average breast reduction cost varies from $6,000 to $8,000. Fees include anesthesia, which ranges from $800 to $1,500, and the operating room fee, which ranges from $2,000 to $2,500. The reminder will be the surgeon’s fee. If more than one procedure is done at the same time, then the total cost will be more, but less than if the procedures are performed separately. If your insurance pays for the breast reduction cost, then the fees will be substantially less than what is commonly charged.
Financing options are available to help with the cost of breast reduction and other plastic surgeries, so be sure to ask.
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