Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction?

shutterstock_88974835 (1)A popular belief among many people is that larger breasts are more desirable. While this sentiment may hold true for some people, the reality is that breast size should be assessed on an individual basis. For instance, some women with smaller figures often feel like their breasts are too big for their body, while others with overly large breasts sometimes suffer from discomfort and physical limitations. When these conditions begin to negatively affect a woman’s overall well-being, surgical treatment is usually desired.

Candidates for Breast Reduction

To be a good candidate for breast reduction, patients must be healthy and have no significant medical conditions, such as diabetes or bleeding complications. Ideal patients for breast reduction are also aware that changes that their body can undergo in the future, such as pregnancy, weight gain, or weight loss, may affect the appearance of their breasts.

The following are some of the most common reasons why women decide to undergo breast reduction:

  • Reduce neck, back, and/or shoulder pain
  • Correct posture
  • Reduce sagging
  • Improve symmetry
  • Remove stretch marks
  • Eliminate sweating and/or skin rashes under the breasts
  • Increase confidence

Covered by Insurance

Since overly large breasts often cause physical problems, a breast reduction is often covered (partially or fully) by insurance providers. The amount that providers pay for depends on the following:

  • Amount of breast tissue removed
  • Extent of physical limitations
  • Steps the patient has taken to alleviate discomfort

Keep in mind that it can often take weeks, or even months, before insurance companies decide to cover these types of procedures. This is why it is important that a doctor verifies that a woman is experiencing emotional or physical discomfort well before the procedure is performed.

If the appearance of overly large breasts is bothering you, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. Feel free to contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery by calling (703) 287-8277 or filling out our online contact form today. Dr. Mesbahi looks forward to seeing you soon!