What is a Breast Reduction?
Breast Reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess breast tissue, fat, and skin. Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are seeking to improve their breast appearance and to alleviate discomfort caused by excessive breast weight. Often women feel that their large breasts limit physical activity and impairs their ability to enjoy an active lifestyle. They also experience back, neck, and shoulder pain, bra strap grooving, and skin irritation beneath the breasts. By reducing breasts size through breast reduction surgery, most patients experience relief of symptoms and a renewed self-image.
Does Insurance Cover Breast Reduction Surgery?
Some insurance plans do cover breast reduction surgery provided certain criteria is met. Our insurance department will submit all the required information to your insurance company to determine coverage and obtain approval. If your plan has an exclusion or you do not meet medical criteria required by your policy, your breast reduction can be performed as a cosmetic procedure.
During your initial consultation for a breast reduction, you will meet with one of our plastic surgeons to discuss your goals and expectations. Your surgeon will provide you with a detailed explanation of the breast reduction procedure, answer your questions, and determine a surgical plan of care based on your expected outcome. After performing an exam and reviewing pertinent health history, your surgeon may order lab work, a mammogram, and other pre-operative tests as deemed necessary. Lastly, you will meet with a surgery coordinator to discuss fees, surgery scheduling options, and make a pre-operative appointment to meet with the nurse for final preparation prior to surgery.
Your breast reduction surgery will be performed in our AAAASF accredited office surgical suite with a qualified anesthesia provider. If your breast reduction is covered under your insurance policy, your procedure will be performed at one of the local Baton Rouge hospitals. Operative time in most cases is approximately two hours. Most breast reduction procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and patients are discharged home the same day.
Your nurse will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions at your pre-operative visit and will review them again prior to your discharge home. Recovery time for a breast reduction is about two weeks, and most patients take pain medication for 3-5 days. Patients can typically return to work within 1-2 weeks, but heavy lifting, pushing or pulling should be avoided for the first four weeks following your surgery.