Breast Reduction Cost
Breasts that are disproportionate to a woman’s frame may not be aesthetically appealing and could cause serious self-esteem issues among some women. Also, disproportionately large breasts could cause neck or back pains and sleeping problems. Also, the presence of breast tissue among men, called gynecomastia, could cause embarrassment and esteem problems.
The price to pay in terms of other problems may be huge in comparison to the costs involved in breast reduction plastic surgery. If you are a resident of Las Vegas or its vicinity, you have the option of seeking a consultation with Brian J Parker MD, a well-known plastic surgeon. He will take you through the procedure involved in cosmetic surgery, the aftercare and what the final results will be.
An important aspect of this plastic surgery is to discuss the surgeon’s fees. The 2012 national average surgeon fees, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is $3,194 for breast reduction in men, $5,262 for breast reduction (aesthetic patients only).
The next aspect is the actual cosmetic surgery, and you need to consider the quantity of tissue that needs to be removed. This information will be provided to you by the surgeon during the consultation. Also, you will need to check if liposuction is included in the overall package. Sometimes, patients want the area under their arm pits to be less plump so that the breasts get a nice shape. Your cosmetic surgeon may also suggest a breast lift, wherein the breast tissue is lifted to make for a better shaped and firm breast. If the package is for breast reduction and lift, then the costs could vary.
Anesthesia and hospital charges
Whether you are seeking an inpatient facility or an outpatient clinic also affects the overall costs. How many days you stay in the hospital (typically a day) could be another factor that affects the cost. The anesthesist will charge you separately and this will reflect in your overall hospital bill.
Insurance and financing
Having discussed all these factors with your cosmetic surgeon, you will next have to work out the insurance cover. If the company understands that breast reduction is being done for medical reasons rather than aesthetic, you may be able to claim coverage.
The plastic surgeon’s office may help you with funding options as well because most of the surgeons have tie-ups with financing companies. Overall, you should be prepared with a funding of at least $15,000 to be on the safer side, with your follow-up visits to the facility, medication, dressings and bandages factored in.
Do your research
Before you get a surgery done, visit the office of your surgeon and get a quote. You can also check with various sources and references before zeroing in on a plastic surgeon. Getting a couple of quotes and comparing them not only on the basis of overall cost, but credibility of the plastic surgeon and success rates help.