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Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty is performed on women who have breasts that are larger than normal. The purpose is to relieve them from any form of discomfort and pain associated with the size of their breasts.

The cost varies from one location to the other and from one surgical centre to another. As a general guide, breast reduction can cost somewhere from $3500 to $5000.

The following factors are going to determine the final price of the surgery:

Geographical location

A surgical centre that is created to cater for people with limited income is more likely to be cheaper than one located at the heart of a big city like New York. So the total cost will obviously depend on where you choose to do your breast reduction surgery and where you live.

The size of your breast

Breast size affects the procedure involved in the surgery and consequently the final cost. For example, the larger your breast, the more time it may take to complete an operation.

The method or procedure involved

Traditional methods involve making a 12-inch incision around the breast. There are new techniques that use liposuction to reduce breast size by making very minor cuts into the skin to enhance the procedure. The range of women more suitable for this newer method are those from 50 years of age and above, and it also tends to be more affordable.

Your age

Younger women who use mostly traditional methods of breast reduction (the 12- inch incision) are more likely to spend more money because of the procedure involved.

Type of surgeon

A well-known and reputable plastic surgeon is more like to charge higher for his services as compared to someone who is new in the field. You should, however, try to avoid inexperienced surgeons simply you want to save money because the end results may not be what you will like. So you need to make a good judgement.

The cost associated with after care

If there is any extra surgery to address after the normal procedure, then you will obviously have to pay for this, unless it was included in your initial agreement with the surgeon.

Now that you know what determines the cost of breast reduction, there are certain things that will decide whether you need a breast reduction.

Do you qualify for breast reduction?

If the following describes you, then go in for breast reduction at

  1. Not currently satisfied with the size of your breast. (too large) General or overall health is good without serious medical issues.
  2. Have strong and steady emotions.
  3. Encounter pains (on the back, shoulder, and neck) because of the large breast.
  4. Aware of the after effects and the actual procedure involved in the surgery.

An overview of the surgical process.

Breast reduction normally takes place in a hospital or a surgical centre and involves the following:

  • Your surgeon spots all the areas on the breast where incision (surgical cut) will be made
  • You then receive anaesthesia (in order not to feel pain), and the surgery begins.
  • The Surgeon then removes the surplus tissues of skin and fat from the breast before adjusting the nipple and areola.
  • Incisions are closed and your chest is bandaged before you go to the recovery room.

Below are some very common risks associated with breast reduction.

  1. The surgery leaves visible scars on your breast.
  2. Breast may not be of the same size or shape.
  3. Nipples may not be positioned evenly.
  4. Some women may not be able to breastfeed after surgery.
  5. Temporal loss of feelings.

Before you go in for a breast reduction surgery, there are certain things you should take into consideration for the best possible results.

Tips for choosing a surgeon for your breast reduction

Finding a surgeon of your choice can be very challenging, especially if you do not have friends and close relatives in the medical field.

Below are a few guidelines for you to consider

  • Go for the experienced. There is no doubt that if you want to be sure of quality results, then you definitely want to look for someone who has performed the surgery over and over. The more surgeries performed by the surgeon the better.
  • Use common sense. Let’s take for example that you know of someone who has undergone breast reduction before. This is an opportunity for you to find out more related information and recommendation. Chances are even if the person didn’t have the best breast reduction, she might have been curious to know who does it better.
  • Check the surgeon’s status. You can do this by calling the state medical board. Ask them if the doctor in question has some issues related to his service. You can also find out who has the best reputation in the city