How Much is a Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is a method of breast enhancement that may be done for medical reasons as well as cosmetic ones. Some women with disproportionately large breasts suffer from back and neck pain, skin irritation and excessive sweating that can keep them from participating in some types of exercise. These women seek breast reduction for additional reasons than solely to improve their appearance. Whether you are thinking about breast reduction to eliminate uncomfortable symptoms, boost your self-confidence or a combination of the two, the cost of the procedure will be an important consideration before you schedule your surgery.
Factors that Impact Cost
It can be difficult to accurately predict the cost of breast reduction surgery since multiple variables will affect the final number. For example, fees may vary based on the experience of the surgeon, the area of the country where the procedure will be performed and the type of facility where it will be performed. The medical necessity of the surgery, as well as the insurance coverage you have, will also play a role in cost.
You will likely pay more for the services of an experienced specialist surgeon than you would for a surgeon with considerably less experience. However, this is not an area where it would be prudent or even safe to skimp on costs, since less experienced surgeons may not be able to provide the same superior results to their more seasoned counterparts. If your initial surgery does not go as planned and you must schedule revision surgery to improve your outcome, the costs can go considerably higher than you first planned.
Weighing the Insurance Variable Australians with private insurance may have some coverage for costs like the surgeon and hospital fees. However, to qualify, you may need a referral from your primary doctor. It is essential that you understand how your insurance works before you schedule your surgery, so you receive the coverage you are entitled to under your policy.
If your surgery is performed for medical reasons, such as to relieve painful physical symptoms, you may also be eligible for coverage from Medicare and your health fund. In these cases, you will receive the money back after your procedure. If you want to claim a Medicare item 45520 for your surgery, you will need to see your general practitioner first to get a referral to a specialist surgeon. Coverage will also vary based on whether your surgeon performs your breast reduction in a private hospital, which is not typically included with Medicare. However, your health fund may help cover the costs of these facilities.
Preparing for Your Procedure
When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr Thomas will evaluate your situation and concerns to determine the best technique for your breast reduction procedure. At that time, he will also be able to give you a quote, so you know what the cost of your surgery will be and how much you will be responsible for paying out of your own pocket. It is a good idea to check with your private health insurance before your consultation, so you also have the information about how much coverage is available.
Our office accepts a variety of payment options to make your procedure as affordable as possible for you:
- Cash or cheque
- Visa or Mastercard
If you would like to find out more about the cost of breast reduction or our payment options, contact the office of Dr Damon Thomas today on 03 9034 7738.