Breast Reduction or Reduction Mammoplasty
Definition: Surgical reduction of breasts; a reconstructive procedure when oversized breasts interfere with normal function and physical activity. The procedure involves removing excess breast tissue and skin, repositioning the nipple and areola, and reshaping the remaining breast tissue. Segen’s Medical Dictionary
Patients with excessively large breasts (breast hypertrophy) almost uniformly suffer from a rather severe set of symptoms. Breast reduction in a properly selected patient most definitely can be covered by most insurance policies. There are a number of factors insurance companies consider in providing coverage, such as degree of symptoms caused by large breasts, prior attempt at conservative measures (which rarely works), degree of skin involvement, etc. A plastic surgeon that has lots of experience with this type of procedure will also know precisely how to deal with the insurance company.