Breast reductions have made the news lately as Modern Family star Ariel Winter recently underwent this procedure. However, this same news story has brought up questions in many people’s minds about when a breast reduction should be performed, when it is considered medically necessary and who is a good candidate for the procedure. At OC Cosmetic Surgery Clinique in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Tavoussi, our double-board certified cosmetic surgeon can discuss these questions with patients and provide individualized solutions.
Candidates For Breast Reduction Cosmetic Procedure
This brings up the question of when a breast reduction is medically necessary and will be covered by some insurance companies. When a reduction is performed for only cosmetic reasons, health insurance will not cover the cost. However, when there is documented back or neck pain, grooving in the shoulders from the weight of bra straps or another documented condition caused by very large breasts, insurance may cover the cost of the surgery. Many insurance companies require that a certain amount of tissue be removed to cover the cost and may only cover costs for people who are below a certain BMI.