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Breast reduction surgery gives many patients the chance for a more normal and healthier life. Some female patients have trouble managing their breast size and may experience health problems such as neck aches, backaches, general discomfort etc.

The Risks of Breast Reduction Surgery

To help reduce the problems additional breast tissue might cause, many seek out breast reduction surgery.

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Though weight loss might help to reduce the size of the breasts, surgical intervention becomes necessary for some women.  From deep indentations from bra straps digging into the skin to skin rashes to back pain from the added breast weight on the body, women can find their breast size impacts their ability to enjoy sex, social engagements, sport activities, and more. 

Even with the many positive effects a breast reduction procedure can have on a patient’s body, this does not mean the surgery is without risk.  Breast reduction does require the patient to be put under general anesthesia, which carries a very slight risk.  Possible complications for the breast reduction surgery include:

  • Complications from the anesthetic
  • Post operative bleeding
  • Excessive scarring
  • Inversion of the nipples
  • Loss of sensation in the nipple area
  • Infection
  • Deformities due to poor surgical technique
  • Inability to nurse a child


While these risks might seem to be dramatic, some of the risks are the same for any invasive surgical procedure.  However, chances are likely that patients will have few complications (if any) when they’re in the hands of a trustworthy and well-trained plastic surgeon.

Recovery After Breast Reduction Surgery

After reading about the possible risks of a breast reduction surgery, it may seem that recovery can be a lengthy process.  This is not the case.  For most patients, there is little, if any, pain after the procedure.  There will be some scarring underneath the breasts where the incisions were made, but the stitches can be removed in about a week’s time.  A patient can expect to go back to work within a few days of the procedure, provided there are no complications.  In addition, regular activities, like exercise programs, can resume in about a month’s time. 


The Costs of Breast Reduction

Fortunately for most patients, breast reduction will covered by most medical insurance plans.  Since this surgery is considered to be for the health of the patient. If there is no insurance coverage, the costs range widely from plastic surgeon to plastic surgeon and will include:

  • Consultation fees
  • Operating room fees
  • Surgical fees
  • Medications
  • Anesthesia


These surgery fees can add up to anywhere from $9,000 to $12,000, depending on the area where the surgeon is located, the fees of the medical professionals, etc.  Many surgical practices also offer payment plans and no fee financing for patients who do not have insurance coverage.

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