Whether it be breast augmentation, reduction or a post-partum breast lift, we’re here to help you feel comfortable and confident as you consider breast surgery.
According to the ASPS, this past year, more women choose breast enhancement than any other cosmetic, surgical procedure.
In addition to enhancement, each year, we guide numerous women to return to exercise and work regimens with enhanced comfort, after a much needed breast reduction. Breast reduction is also one of the few cosmetic procedures covered by insurance companies.
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The considerations that go into deciding what type of surgery is best for a specific individual are complex. As a result, every surgical plan needs to be tailored to the individual patient. These considerations are best reviewed by a Plastic Surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Only Plastic Surgeons who have completed training in a program accredited and monitored by the ABMS are eligible for board Certification by American Board of Plastic Surgery. If you desire to have breast surgery, seek out such a surgeon and talk with them about your concerns. They can talk with you about the options that will best meet your needs, their risks, benefits and potential complications.
The following discussion can help you to understand your options, and prepare you to discuss these options with your surgeon.
Breast surgery can be divided into four basic types.
When talking about changing the size and shape of the breast, there are two primary considerations. The first is the tissue envelope or skin covering the breast, and the second is the amount of tissue inside that envelope. Together, these will determine the size and shape of the breast. If the tissue envelope and contents are matched, the breast will have a nice shape. If the tissue envelope is too large for the contents, the breast will sag.
It’s a little bit like a ball. If you deflate the ball, the contents are decreased. If it is a rubber ball, the covering may shrink a little, but eventually, it begins to sag. To make the ball tight again, you can either fill the ball back up, or make the covering smaller. If you want to make the ball larger, you can do this by increasing its contents. The amount you can increase it depends on how much the covering will stretch.
Breasts are similar. Sometimes you want to make them larger. This is done by increasing the contents with an implant in an operation called a Breast Augmentation. Sometimes you don’t want to make them larger, you just want to make them more youthful or less ptotic. (ptotic is the medical term for when something sags or droops).
If you want to make breast less ptotic, without changing their size, you can do by tightening the skin envelope in an operation called a mastopexy.
Sometimes you want to do both – make the breast a little bit smaller, and at the same time lift the breast. This can be done by decreasing the breast tissue, and by decreasing the skin envelope so that it won’t sag, and is called a breast reduction.
Mastopexy and Breast Augmentation are generally considered cosmetic operations. This means your insurance won’t cover the cost of these operations.
A breast reduction will often be covered by insurance, providing you meet certain criteria. Please see this section for a discussion regarding what is required for insurance coverage.
Reconstructive breast surgery generally is covered by insurance, again providing you meet certain criteria.
If your insurance doesn’t cover the surgery that does not mean you can’t have the surgery, or that you wouldn’t benefit from surgery, it just means that your insurance does not cover the procedure and that if you want to have it done, you will have to pay for it yourself.