Female Breast Reduction:

Reduction Mammaplasty

Overly large breasts can cause women health and emotional problems. The weight of excess breast tissue can often affect your ability to be active and cause pain and discomfort in your back and shoulders. Self image is affected as well.

Breast reduction removes the excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size that is proportionate to your body and alleviates the discomforts associated with overly large breasts.

Not all women think having large breasts makes them more attractive. In fact, many women are eager to reduce the size of their breasts for a variety of reasons.

  • Ease the discomfort of heavy breasts
  • Improve posture and or back and neck pain
  • Ease the anxiety, and in some cases embarrassment of heavy, big breasts
  • Improved appearance in clothes
  • Improved comfort when participating in sports

stock-photo-11628468-woman-measuring-her-bust-lineBreast reduction surgery is generally considered a reconstructive procedure and may be covered by health insurance when it is performed to relieve medical symptoms. reduction Mammaplasty may be considered allowable for coverage when ALL of the following criteria are met:

  • A minimum of 6 – 12 weeks of physical therapy for back, neck or shoulder pain including a maintenance home exercise program
  • Appropriate support bra with weight distributing straps and a bra fitting at Soma (retail store)
  • Anti-inflammatory agents unless medically contraindicated by primary care physician
  • Symptomatic measures, including application of heat and cold given by a physical therapist
  • Appropriate local hygiene and topical pharmacologic treatments for intertrigo (skin rash)

Many insurance companies determine whether to categorize breast reduction surgery as reconstructive surgery based on the amount of tissue that will be removed. Pre-certification is required for reimbursement or coverage. Insurance policies vary greatly. Carefully review your policy or contact your carrier to determine coverage.

For more information on breast reduction surgery, contact us today at 309-662-6772!