Breast Reduction

                   Frequently Asked Questions

BREAST REDUCTION is for large, heavy, sagging breasts that can cause neck and back pain. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia at the Auburn Surgery Center. During the consultation Dr. Tobin will explain the surgery as well as possible risks and complications and take before photos for your medical record. We recommend you bring a list of any questions or concerns to your consultation.

What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure, usually performed for medical reasons rather than cosmetic purposes, to make breasts smaller, lighter and firmer. Breast reduction is typically recommended for women who have significant physical ailments, such as back or neck pain, skin irritation, poor posture, numbness, rashes, indentations in the skin from over-taxed bras, excessive sweating or breathing problems, due to unnaturally large breasts. During the procedure, Dr. Tobin removes excess breast tissue, fat and skin using an anchor-shaped incision that circles the areola and extends downward, following the naturally curved breast crease. The nipple and areola are then moved into their new position, and skin from both sides of the breast is reformed around the areola to reshape the breast. Since the surgery removes many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples, breast reduction is not recommended for women who intend to breast-feed. Young women are also advised to postpone surgery until the breasts have stopped growing, usually around age 20.

Will my insurance cover a breast reduction?
Depending on your insurance policy and your symptoms, your insurance may pay for the surgery. After your consultation we will send in a predetermination request to your insurance company to see if they will or will not cover a breast reduction.

How much does a breast reduction cost?*
A cosmetic breast reduction fee includes:  Surgeon's fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of office visits.  If insurance pays for breast reduction, then patient will have office visits paid for a period of 90 days.

Will my insurance pay for my consultation fee?
Yes, if we feel you are a candidate for breast reduction and we are going to submit the request to your insurance company, it will cover the consultation fee. However, you will be responsible for any copayment or coinsurance at the time of consultation.

How long will it take to find out if my insurance will cover my surgery?
Most insurances companies take approximately 4-6 weeks before they approve or deny a breast reduction. Some insurance companies may take less time and some take even more time.

Who is the best candidate for a breast reduction?
Women who are over the age of 18, do not smoke, and have excessively large breasts that cause neck and back pain.

What is the recovery period for a breast reduction?
The recovery time varies for each patient. However, many patients return to nonstrenuous work within 10 days to 2 weeks. You will have drains in place for approximately 7-10 days. You will be unable to swim, use hot tubs, or take tub baths for approximately 3 weeks or until sutures are removed. Other individual restrictions and recovery expectations will be discussed during your consultation.

What type of scars can I expect with a breast reduction?
An incision is made along the crease underneath the breast and around the areola (nipple). Then a vertical incision is made at the bottom of the areola down to the incision in the crease. Scars are permanent but will gradually fade over time. However, the final appearance of the scars is determined by your body’s own wound healing capabilities.

What if my insurance company denies my surgery?
You can appeal their decision or you can proceed with the surgery as cosmetic. If you proceed cosmetically, the surgery must be paid for in full 7 days BEFORE surgery.

For your convenience, we offer two wonderful financing options.  Applying is quick and easy and can be done online or by phone:

Option 1) Prosper Healthcare Lending  - you may access online or call 1-800-625-7412 ext. 2 

Option 2) Care Credit - you may access online or call 1-800-677-0718  

*Prices are subject to change. Patients are given an exact surgical cost at their consultation.

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Before & After Photos
Breast Reduction BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
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General Information

Varies for each patient.

The cosmetic rate for surgery is $7,755* 

This includes:  Surgeon's fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia and 1 year of office visits (90 days of office visits if paid by insurance)

Yes, insurance may be accepted for this procedure.

Non-Strenuous Work in 10 to 14 days (details left)

$100 (see conditions left)

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