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How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost and How to Afford It?

November 01, 2023 | 4 minute read

Recent body acceptance and positivity trends have catapulted the popularity of breast reduction, making people wonder how much this procedure costs and how to afford it.

A woman in a white bra getting her breasts measured by a doctor

What Is Breast Reduction Surgery? 

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure where breast tissue and skin are removed to reduce the overall size and help the patient achieve their desired look that is more proportional to the rest of their body. The surgery takes two to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia.

Patients undergoing breast reduction surgery may also consider liposuction to complement their breast reduction. Liposuction is a fat reduction procedure that can reshape the newly reduced breasts.

Why Should I Get a Breast Reduction?

People with large breasts typically deal with pain and discomfort due to the heavy weight of their breasts. Symptoms of heavy breasts include back and neck pain, shoulder grooves from bra straps, and poor posture. Larger breasts can even cause people to experience tingling or numbness in their hands due to strained posture and the physical positioning of the neck and torso.

Breast reduction surgery relieves people of the pain they previously suffered with larger breasts, making them physically and emotionally more comfortable in their bodies. People who undergo breast reduction may experience less fatigue and have more energy throughout the day since they no longer feel the weight of heavy breasts. Breast reduction also makes various exercises and other activities easier without putting too much strain on the chest or back. Less pain in the chest can also cause breathing to feel easier and less restricted.

Other benefits include having more wardrobe accessibility and feeling confident in your body. Breast reduction surgery can allow clothes to fit better since they no longer have to stretch over the chest. People may also wear clothing and outfits they previously avoided due to their large breasts.

The overall comfort and access to more clothing options can lead to an increase in self-esteem and confidence.

Breast Reduction Has Grown in Popularity 

Since 2019, there has been a 54% increase in the demand for breast reduction surgery. This recent jump in popularity marks a new trend of comfort being valued equally with aesthetic preferences.

What Size Will My Breasts Be After My Reduction? 

Those considering breast reduction may wonder what the new size of their breasts will be after surgery. The answer is that it depends, as there is no one size fits all for breast reduction. One of the main goals of breast reduction surgery is to make a woman’s breasts proportional to their body. The main goal should not be to match a specific cup size since bra cup sizes are not standardized and vary greatly. 

Am I a Candidate for Breast Reduction? 

Here at Town and Country, we perform both smaller and larger reductions, making most people candidates for a breast reduction. Regardless of size, people generally qualify for a breast reduction if their BMI (body mass index) is less than 34 and their weight is relatively stable.

How Much Does a Breast Reduction Cost in Houston, Texas? 

It’s important to understand that breast reduction costs vary from person to person and depend on the amount of reduction needed, the geographical location, the surgeon’s experience, the surgical fees, the anesthesia fees, and other expenses during recovery, such as surgical bras. Generally, the cost of breast reduction surgery alone ranges from about $11,000 to $12,000. The cost of your breast reduction surgery will be discussed during your consultation.

How to Afford Breast Reduction 

In some cases, medical insurance will cover the cost of breast reduction surgery. We also have financing options that can assist you with the cost of your breast reduction surgery. The financing page on our website discusses PatientFi® and CareCredit® as potential options to help with the affordability of your breast reduction procedure. You can discuss all financing options with your patient care coordinator before your consultation.

Want to Know More About Breast Reduction in Houston and Lake Jackson?

If larger breasts have been weighing you down in more ways than one, a breast reduction may provide the relief you need. To learn more about breast reduction surgery at Town and Country Plastic Surgeons, call us at (281) 645-0355 (Houston) or (979) 217-2382 (Lake Jackson), or fill out our online contact form.