31 doctors weighed in:
Who are good candidates for breast reduction surgery?
31 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Medically Necessary
Women with large breasts that have pain in the neck, shoulders and/or upper back that is attributable to the size and weight of their breasts are good candidates for breast reduction surgery.

In brief: Medically Necessary
Women with large breasts that have pain in the neck, shoulders and/or upper back that is attributable to the size and weight of their breasts are good candidates for breast reduction surgery.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Large breasts
Anyone with large breasts who would like to make them smaller can consider reduction surgery as long as they are in good health.

In brief: Large breasts
Anyone with large breasts who would like to make them smaller can consider reduction surgery as long as they are in good health.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Prolonged strapmarks
Breasts heavy enough to leave strap marks still visible in the morning after removing bra night before.
Also when heavy enough to affect posture, or justifiable phobias about having huge breasts + women who have problems finding smart clothing due to large breasts. Also men with gynecomastia.

In brief: Prolonged strapmarks
Breasts heavy enough to leave strap marks still visible in the morning after removing bra night before.
Also when heavy enough to affect posture, or justifiable phobias about having huge breasts + women who have problems finding smart clothing due to large breasts. Also men with gynecomastia.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. Lavinia Chong
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: BR criteria
Br (reduction) candidates should be at their ideal bmi, not smoke, have medical conditions well managed and have a realistic goals for the surgery.
Occasionally insurance will sponsor, as long as specific criteria are met. A woman should consult with plastic surgeons who perform the procedure frequently, be honest about her expectations and factor adequate time for recovery.

In brief: BR criteria
Br (reduction) candidates should be at their ideal bmi, not smoke, have medical conditions well managed and have a realistic goals for the surgery.
Occasionally insurance will sponsor, as long as specific criteria are met. A woman should consult with plastic surgeons who perform the procedure frequently, be honest about her expectations and factor adequate time for recovery.
Dr. Lavinia Chong
Dr. Lavinia Chong
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Dr. Joseph Perlman
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: If you are uncomfort
Many patients with large breasts will develop symptoms over time.
These include neck and shoulder pain, back pain, and skin infections underneath the breast from moisture accumulation. In addition many patients are self-conscious about the large size of their breasts, had difficulty participating in certain sports activities, or have difficulty finding clothing that fits properly. Insurance companies vary on what they consider medically necessary breast reduction. Most policies state that a minimum of 500 g (roughly 1 pound) should be removed from each breast in order to warrant the surgery. The surgery is a trade-off, because there are long incisions in most cases , which will lead to noticeable scarring, although this fades over the years. In addition , there may be temporary or permanent numbness in the nipple and the patient will not be able to breast-feed in most cases , after the surgery. That being said, every patient that i performed a breast reduction on, has stated that it was definitely worth the surgery, and they wish they had not waited as long.

In brief: If you are uncomfort
Many patients with large breasts will develop symptoms over time.
These include neck and shoulder pain, back pain, and skin infections underneath the breast from moisture accumulation. In addition many patients are self-conscious about the large size of their breasts, had difficulty participating in certain sports activities, or have difficulty finding clothing that fits properly. Insurance companies vary on what they consider medically necessary breast reduction. Most policies state that a minimum of 500 g (roughly 1 pound) should be removed from each breast in order to warrant the surgery. The surgery is a trade-off, because there are long incisions in most cases , which will lead to noticeable scarring, although this fades over the years. In addition , there may be temporary or permanent numbness in the nipple and the patient will not be able to breast-feed in most cases , after the surgery. That being said, every patient that i performed a breast reduction on, has stated that it was definitely worth the surgery, and they wish they had not waited as long.
Dr. Joseph Perlman
Dr. Joseph Perlman
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Dr. Alan Larsen
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sml breast desire
All women that desire smaller breasts are candidates for a breast reduction.
Limitations involve individual health conditions. This can be paid out of pocket or possibly covered by insurance if medically necessary though you must meet criteria required by your individual insurance contract. Make sure you research qualified plastic surgeons to perform your procedure.

In brief: Sml breast desire
All women that desire smaller breasts are candidates for a breast reduction.
Limitations involve individual health conditions. This can be paid out of pocket or possibly covered by insurance if medically necessary though you must meet criteria required by your individual insurance contract. Make sure you research qualified plastic surgeons to perform your procedure.
Dr. Alan Larsen
Dr. Alan Larsen
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: BR Candidate
Also known as reduction mammoplasty, this is an operation intended to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts and improve their shape and position.
Frequently, the areola (dark skin around the nipple) is also made smaller. Functional symptoms (medical disorders) caused by excessive breast weight may be relieved or improved by this operation.

In brief: BR Candidate
Also known as reduction mammoplasty, this is an operation intended to reduce the size of a woman’s breasts and improve their shape and position.
Frequently, the areola (dark skin around the nipple) is also made smaller. Functional symptoms (medical disorders) caused by excessive breast weight may be relieved or improved by this operation.
Dr. Larry Nichter
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
ALWAYS best to seek IN PERSON consultations with private practice boarded Plastic Surgeons. To check if the PS is boarded search Am Board of Plastic Surgery(ABPS), Am Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), or Am Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons(ASAPS). )
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Best candidates
The best candidates for reductions are healthy women who are at or near their ideal body weight who don't smoke.
These patients have the lowest risk of complications.

In brief: Best candidates
The best candidates for reductions are healthy women who are at or near their ideal body weight who don't smoke.
These patients have the lowest risk of complications.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Classically
Those with lower neck, upper back pain, bra strap dents, fungal rash under the breasts, kyphosis, and tingling of the fourth and fifth fingers.

In brief: Classically
Those with lower neck, upper back pain, bra strap dents, fungal rash under the breasts, kyphosis, and tingling of the fourth and fifth fingers.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Shareef Jandali
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Large breasts
Vanessa, many women with large breasts can be considered good candidates for breast reduction surgery.
Those who are symptomatic and have neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, shoulder grooves from bra straps, rashes underneath their breasts, or difficulty findings bras that fit, are good candidates that will get a huge benefit from breast reduction. Also, non-smokers are much better candidates.

In brief: Large breasts
Vanessa, many women with large breasts can be considered good candidates for breast reduction surgery.
Those who are symptomatic and have neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, shoulder grooves from bra straps, rashes underneath their breasts, or difficulty findings bras that fit, are good candidates that will get a huge benefit from breast reduction. Also, non-smokers are much better candidates.
Dr. Shareef Jandali
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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Breast Reduction
You can have a breast reduction if you want to reduce the size of your breasts.
However, insurance will only pay when there is a history of back pain, neck pain, and the surgeon must remove in excess of 500 grams from each breast. You can have less than 500 grams removed, but then it is considered a breast lift and not covered by insurance. Ricardo rodriguez, md baltimore, md.

In brief: Breast Reduction
You can have a breast reduction if you want to reduce the size of your breasts.
However, insurance will only pay when there is a history of back pain, neck pain, and the surgeon must remove in excess of 500 grams from each breast. You can have less than 500 grams removed, but then it is considered a breast lift and not covered by insurance. Ricardo rodriguez, md baltimore, md.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: CUr Surgeon
Best candidates are close to their ideal body weight with disproportionately large breasts in good overall health reporting neck, back, shoulder pain, arm numbness or tingling, shoulder grooving as well as problems with skin irritation in the crease fold and limited physical activity as a consequence of the breast enlargement.

In brief: CUr Surgeon
Best candidates are close to their ideal body weight with disproportionately large breasts in good overall health reporting neck, back, shoulder pain, arm numbness or tingling, shoulder grooving as well as problems with skin irritation in the crease fold and limited physical activity as a consequence of the breast enlargement.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Gary Solomonm
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Depends
Are you asking about insurance coverage for breast reduction?

In brief: Depends
Are you asking about insurance coverage for breast reduction?
Dr. Gary Solomonm
Dr. Gary Solomonm
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Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Shoulder & neck pain
Generally, those who have symptoms such as upper back and shoulder pain, bra strap grooving, and skin irritation in their skin folds tend to have favorable outcomes with breast reduction.
The goal of a reduction is improve upon symptoms related to large breasts. It should not be thought of as a cosmetic procedure.

In brief: Shoulder & neck pain
Generally, those who have symptoms such as upper back and shoulder pain, bra strap grooving, and skin irritation in their skin folds tend to have favorable outcomes with breast reduction.
The goal of a reduction is improve upon symptoms related to large breasts. It should not be thought of as a cosmetic procedure.
Dr. David Yan
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. Karen Singer
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Sml breast desire
Any woman symptomatic from the weight of large breasts is an excellent candidate.
Sometimes this will be covered by insurance, and sometimes not. Symptoms include shoulder, back and neck pain, breast pain, rashes under the breasts and others. Scars may vary with healing and/or skin type. Always seek a physician certified by the american board of plastic surgery. Get all your questions answered.

In brief: Sml breast desire
Any woman symptomatic from the weight of large breasts is an excellent candidate.
Sometimes this will be covered by insurance, and sometimes not. Symptoms include shoulder, back and neck pain, breast pain, rashes under the breasts and others. Scars may vary with healing and/or skin type. Always seek a physician certified by the american board of plastic surgery. Get all your questions answered.
Dr. Karen Singer
Dr. Karen Singer
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Dr. Lawrence Ruf
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Large sagging breast
We may determine that you are a candidate, but insurance companies (including private, medicare, tricare, etc.
) use a formula to see if you qualify for coverage. It uses your height & weight to calculate your body surface area. This number is applied to a chart that shows how much breast weight must be removed to meet the 22nd percentile (the level determined to be necessary for improved function).

In brief: Large sagging breast
We may determine that you are a candidate, but insurance companies (including private, medicare, tricare, etc.
) use a formula to see if you qualify for coverage. It uses your height & weight to calculate your body surface area. This number is applied to a chart that shows how much breast weight must be removed to meet the 22nd percentile (the level determined to be necessary for improved function).
Dr. Lawrence Ruf
Dr. Lawrence Ruf
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Dr. Lawrence Ruf
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Shoulder & neck pain
Some people have these muscle spasms & yet may not meet the insurance company qualifications.
They may have more sag & a small amount of excess breast tissue, or there may be extreme breast size difference or both. These situations would be more difficult to prequalify. If denied, the operation can still be done as a cosmetic case. In these cases we give you a pre-operative price quote.

In brief: Shoulder & neck pain
Some people have these muscle spasms & yet may not meet the insurance company qualifications.
They may have more sag & a small amount of excess breast tissue, or there may be extreme breast size difference or both. These situations would be more difficult to prequalify. If denied, the operation can still be done as a cosmetic case. In these cases we give you a pre-operative price quote.
Dr. Lawrence Ruf
Dr. Lawrence Ruf
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Dr. Alan Chen
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Most
Most healthy women with very large breasts causing back, neck, and shoulder pains are good candidates for breast reduction surgery.

In brief: Most
Most healthy women with very large breasts causing back, neck, and shoulder pains are good candidates for breast reduction surgery.
Dr. Alan Chen
Dr. Alan Chen
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