Q: Is breast reduction surgery covered by insurance?
A: If the procedure is deemed medically necessary because of neck or back pain, some insurance plans will cover it. They usually require that a minimum amount of fat be removed to qualify, often in the range of 500 grams (the equivalent of 1.1 pounds), depending on height and weight. The doctor usually must write a “predetermination letter” to the insurance company beforehand to confirm that it will be covered.
Q: My daughter is 16 and wants to get breast reduction surgery. Is that too young?
A: Surgeons generally require that breasts be fully developed before they will consider performing a reduction procedure. Breasts are usually fully grown by age 18. In some cases, if the discomfort is very bad, reduction surgery can be done at a younger age.
Q: Will I be able to nurse my baby after I have breast reduction surgery?
A: In many cases the milk ducts leading to the nipple are cut during breast reduction surgery. However, some women find that they can breast-feed after surgery, at least partially. Most need to supplement their breast milk with formula.
Q: Will my breasts grow again after the breast reduction surgery?
A: Unless the operation is done at an age when the breasts are still developing, they will not grow large again after the operation. However, the breasts will increase in size with weight gain or pregnancy. Conversely, they get smaller with weight loss. As a result, doctors recommend that women have the operation only after finishing any weight-loss diet or regimen.
Breast Reduction: 32 year old female underwent breast reduction.