Breast reduction surgery today ranks among the more popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US. During the pre-op consultation, the breast surgeon will explain to the patient about all aspects of the procedure and also discuss its estimated costs. The surgeon’s first goal will be to educate the patient and help her make an informed decision.
Breast reduction surgery costs will usually vary between two practices, and sometimes even between two patients at the same practice. In a few cases, the costs may be fully or partially covered under health insurance. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim provides breast reduction to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.
The costs of breast reduction cosmetic surgery can be impacted by a number of factors. Key cost components in this surgery typically include:
- Breast surgeon’s fee
- Charges of the surgical center
- Fee charged by the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist
- Pre- and post-operative tests and mammograms
- Prescription drugs
- Surgical bra and compression garment
- Post-surgical appointments with the surgeon
Breast reduction surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. However, if the patient requires an overnight stay at the hospital, the cost will go up. Other factors that can affect the actual cost of surgery include:
- Geographical location of the practice
- Skills and experience of the plastic surgeon
- Amount of breast tissue removal and complications in a particular case
- Additional procedures, in any, such as breast lift or liposuction
Breast reduction surgery costs should be assessed in view of the quality standards and services provided at a practice. If the patient is being offered an unusually low price for the procedure, they should do their due diligence and exercise abundant discretion when evaluating such an offer. If hidden charges are involved, the patient may end up paying more in the end.
At the time of initial consultation, the patient should clarify all doubts and concerns about costs, and take even seemingly minor pre- and post-surgical costs into account. While surgeon’s fee is a key cost element, the patient should ideally choose a fully trained and board certified plastic surgeon with a proven track record.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), patients should select the right surgeon for her needs, and consider surgeon’s fee only as a secondary factor. Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for breast reduction.
Insurance and Financing
In a few cases, breast reduction may become a medically necessary procedure if the patient suffers from persistent pain in the back, neck or shoulders, or experiences frequent skin infection or rashes at the breast crease. If these conditions can be proved, the patient could be eligible for full or partial insurance coverage.
Other patients will usually have multiple financing options to choose from. They may seek loans through professional medical care financing firms. These loans typically have lower interest rates, quick loan approvals, and easier monthly installments.
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