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What is the average recovery time for a breast reduction? Also, what is the average...

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What is the average recovery time for a breast reduction? Also, what is the average cost?

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Recovery after Breast Reduction depends on the problem to be treated, what is done, skill of the surgeon, after surgery care, and many other factors.  If you start out with less swelling and tissue injury, there will be a quicker recovery.  Minimize these factors and discomfort is also much less.  Although I prescribe a strong pain medication after surgery, most of my breast reduction patients tell me that plain Tylenol alone is more than enough to keep them comfortable.

Costs and fees for Breast Reduction Surgery vary from doctor to doctor and around the country.

Hope this helps,

Learn more about Female Breast Reduction Surgery.

Michael Bermant, M.D. Board Certified American Board of Plastic Surgery

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Breast reductions can be done with liposuction alone in some cases.  That would be less money in most areas.  I would charge about $5,000 for a suction reduction.   But I would have to evaluate the patient prior to making a firm estimate.

A standard breast reduction would cost about $8,000 in my area of the country.  In some cases one may get coverage or partial coverage from insurance.  That should be determined prior to the surgery to avoid a financial surprise. 

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The average time for a breast reduction is approximately one month. Those who do not have work or school requiring heavy exertion may plan on return within 2 weeks if they feel up to it. Activities that stress the chest should be avoided for one month. Most of the time, breast reductions are covered by insurance companies. Cost varies between surgeons and regionally.

 

Michele A. Shermak, M.D. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Lutherville Timonium, MD

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The fee for a breast reduction surgery varies across the United States and world. Fees set by insurance companies are dependant upon the “usual and customary” criteria which they establish in each region.  Having said that, you should also know insurance companies will do all they can not to even consider paying for such surgery.  In our practice we perform breast reductions at set fees in an outpatient surgicenter as a cosmetic procedure.   Physician and facility fees will range from $8,000 to $12,000 total in such a setting.  Complete recovery from a breast reduction is about 4 to 6 weeks, returning to work in 2 weeks.  

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The fee for a breast reduction surgery varies across the United States and world.  Fees set by insurance companies are dependant upon the “usual and customary” criteria which they establish in each region.  Having said that, you should also know insurance companies will do all they can not to even consider paying for such surgery.  In our practice we perform breast reductions at set fees in an outpatient surgicenter as a cosmetic procedure.   Physician and facility fees will range from $8,000 to $12,000 total in such a setting.  Complete recovery from a breast reduction is about 4 to 6 weeks, return to work in 2 weeks.

 

 

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Recovery is amazingly speedy.  I routinely have women return to normal activities within a week and most would only miss two weeks of work at most.  As for pricing, that depends on what area of the country you are from.  Total costs can range from $6,000 to $8,500.  Good luck!

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Recovery time after breast reduction is about two weeks.  Insurance may cover breast reduction if 500 grams or more of tissue is removed from each breast.  In our Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center the charge is $7,990.00.  The national average cost is frequently published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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A. Hossein Nezami, M.D., J.D. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Jacksonville, FL

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Recovery following a breast reduction, or any procedure for that matter, can be broken up into several parts.  Usually, one will take off 5 - 7 days home from work as long as heavy exertion is not required.  Pain is usually mild as there is no "muscle-work." Patients are usually off pain meds within 2 - 4 days.  Heavy exertion should be avoided for 4 - 6 weeks to allow initial healing.  Scars will take a full year to mature but may look quite acceptable in a few months.  Costs vary.  Many plastic surgeons may not accept insurance as they may be paid very minimally for the time and effort breast reduction requires.

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I tell my patients that the recovery time for a breast reduction is approximately one week away from their normal, daily, non-strenuous activities.  After that, they should be able to return to a non-strenuous job or school and be able to drive comfortably.  The only other restriction is that they are not to do anything strenuous (lift anything over 10 lbs or exercise) until 3 weeks post operatively.  I allow my patients to shower the day after surgery and their dressing consists of a bra only.  There is minimal wound care as all of the incisions are covered with tapes that we remove at the first postoperative visit at 1 week after the procedure.

Scott A. Greenberg, M.D., FACS - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Winter Park, FL

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Recovery after Female Breast Reduction Surgery is different than for Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia).  Both vary based on the original problem to be treated, what was done, skill of the surgeon, bruising, tissue damage during surgery, and many other factors.  The Tumescent Breast Reduction Technique has minimal swelling, bruising, and discomfort after surgery.  I use my Standard Videos Before and After Breast Reduction Surgery to demonstrate the problem before surgery, swelling, bruising, and limitations in activities for this technique. Although I presribe a strong pain pill, almost all of my patients tell me that plain Tylenol is enough for comfort.  Walking about the day after surgery seems to be no big problem. Raising arms up overhead, bouncing, or otherwise stressing the surgery site increases discomfort.  You can find specific Patient Experiences with Female Breast Reduction Surgery here.

Cost of Breast Reduction depends on the problem to be treated and varies from surgeon to surgeon.

Learn more about Breast Reduction Surgery in Women.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, M.D. Board Certified American Board of Plastic Surgery

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Everyone heals differently so it is hard to say excatly how long it will take for your body to recover from the procedure. I would say on average that you would need about 3-5 days before returning to work. Keep in mind yourbody will still be healing and you will need to take care with certain activities like working out or heavy lifting.

Joseph G. Bauer, M.D. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Alpharetta, GA

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