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Frequently Asked Questions
About Breast Reduction Surgery

1. Will insurance cover the cost of my surgery?
2. Is breast reduction permanent?
3. How is breast reduction performed?
4. Where are the incisions made?
5. Is there bruising after breast reduction?
6. How long will I be out of work?
7. When will I be able to see the results of my breast reduction?
8. Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?
9. What is the cost of breast reduction?
10.To whom should I talk about breast reduction?

1. Will health insurance cover the cost of surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is often considered to be a reconstructive procedure, rather than elective plastic surgery. As a result, the chance of your insurance covering part or even all of the breast reduction surgery is more likely. A number of factors determine whether or not your procedure will be covered by insurance. These include the unique terms of your insurance policy, the amount of breast tissue that will be removed and the potential health risks you could face if you do not have breast reduction. To learn more about this, consult our guide, “Will Insurance Cover My Breast Reduction?”

2. Is breast reduction permanent?
Yes. Your breasts will always be smaller than they would have been without breast reduction surgery. However, the remaining fat cells will swell and enlarge if you gain weight or become pregnant.

3. How is breast reduction performed?
Breast reduction is performed by surgical removal of skin and breast tissue. The nipple-areolar complex is also repositioned, in a higher, more youthful position.

4. Where are the incisions made?
The size of the breasts determines the technique used and the amount of tissue to be removed. The incisions could be the short scar (lollipop) technique or inverted Ts.

An incision circles the border of the areola, where the pigmented skin of the areola meets the lighter skin of the breast. There is also an incision from the inferior edge of the areola down to the breast crease. If the incision is an inverted T, there is also an incision that runs under the breast, hidden in the crease of where the breast meets the chest.

5. Is there bruising after breast reduction?
The moderate swelling and bruising from breast reduction surgery resolves in seven to ten days.

6. How long will I be out of work?
Most breast reduction patients are able to return to work within seven to ten days. Some patients will return to work in as little as five days. The exact amount of time will depend on the extent of your breast reduction surgery, your pain tolerance and the physical demands of your work.

7. When will I be able to see the results of my breast reduction?
After your breast reduction surgery, you will immediately notice the decrease in the volume and weight of your breasts. If you have breast reduction surgery to alleviate back pain, relief will be evident right away. The final aesthetic results take longer. The breasts will settle into place and the incisions will smooth out and eventually fade.

8. Who is a good candidate for breast reduction?
The ideal candidate for breast reduction is a patient who is at least 18 years old and is someone with realistic expectations. If you are self-conscious about the size of your breasts, or if you suffer from neck, back, or shoulder pain due to excessive breast size, you may be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery.

9. What is the cost of breast reduction?
The cost of breast reduction surgery varies with the surgical time needed, which is dependent on the techniques used and the complexity of the case. In general, approximately $9000 will cover Dr. Delgado’s fees, the board-certified anesthesiologist’s fee, the surgery center and all postoperative care. If your breast reduction surgery is covered by insurance, there may still be a deductible or co-pay.

10. To whom should I talk about breast reduction?
If you are considering breast reduction surgery or would like to learn more about breast reduction, contact us to schedule a consultation. Dr. Delgado, an experienced breast reduction surgeon, will discuss your goals with you and explain how we can help.

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