Breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure involving surgical excision of excess breast tissue and skin and reshaping of the breasts to a more proportionate size. At the time of initial consultation, the breast surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs. The goal is to help the patient make an informed decision.
Dr. Bram Kaufman is a leading board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of training and experience in the field. Dr. Kaufman will address all the queries and concerns of the patient in detail during the consultation process, and provide relevant information on the cost issue. He receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding communities for breast reduction surgery.
The dollar cost of breast reduction cosmetic surgery will usually differ between two practices, and sometimes may even differ between two patients at the same practice. A number of factors are involved in determining the effect on your back pocket.
Location of the Practice
Practices that are located in prime urban centers or major cities along the coastal regions will typically have a higher cost of living. This affects the average dollar cost of most types of goods and services, including aesthetic surgery. Median household income, real estate costs, education expenses, employment opportunities and taxation are some of the elements that determine the financial realities of living in a particular region.
Fee Charged by the Surgeon
The plastic surgeon may charge a fee according to their qualifications, experience and recognition in the field of breast surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a patient should choose the best surgeon for their needs, and consider elements such as the surgeon’s fee only as secondary factors in this decision.
Surgical Facility and Anesthesia Costs
Breast reduction surgery may be performed using general anesthesia. This will involve the services of an anesthesiologist or a certified anesthetist nurse. Their fee will usually vary according to their qualifications. The procedure may be performed at a hospital, ambulatory surgical center or a private surgical suite. The monetary amount and benefits attached to each option will differ.
Extent of Surgery
Some patients may only require some amount of skin and fat removal, while others may need a more extensive breast reduction surgery. In some cases, breast reduction may be combined with liposuction or tummy tuck to produce more effective results. The costs will vary in each situation. Dr. Kaufman provides breast reduction to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas.
Insurance and Financing
If breast reduction is performed as a medical necessity because the patient suffers from persistent back, neck or shoulder pain, or other physical constraints directly caused by oversized breasts, some insurers may offer full or partial coverage for the costs.
In other cases, patients can explore a number of financing options such as bank loans, financing through professional medical care finance firms, credit card payments, crowd funding, and family borrowings. The surgeon’s office may be able to offer guidance and support with regard to insurance and financing for breast reduction surgery.