How much volume can be removed from the breast in breast reduction surgery

I'm 23 years old 5'9 and I wear a 38 H bra. I want to go to at least a C cup. My question is how much would a surgeon be able to remove from my breast with one surgery and would it be covered?

Thank you for your picture. In my practice I do not use cup size as a final measure. I use the "look" to determine the final size meaning your breast must be proportional to your hips and waist. Your insurance company will determine if you have coverage and what the minimal amount need for removal. The majority of the time in my patients I remove far more than the minimum to achieve proportion.

Best wishes

Earl Stephenson, Jr., M.D.
Earl Stephenson, Jr., M.D.
2220 Wisteria Dr SWSnellvilleGA30078US

Earl Stephenson, Jr., M.D.

2220 Wisteria Drive, Suite 209, Snellville,
GA, 30078, US

It all depends. If you are hoping for insurance coverage, each insurance company has a minimal amount of breast tissue that must be removed (based on your height/weight). Please see a board certified plastic surgeon to determine if insurance coverage is an option for you.

Good luck, Dr. Luong

Jacqueline A. Luong MD
Jacqueline A. Luong MD
6545 France Ave SEdinaMN55435US

Jacqueline A. Luong MD

6545 France Avenue S., Suite 350, Edina, MN,
55435, US

Measurements need to be submitted and it depends on your insurance policy. Typically anywhere from one third to two thirds of your total breast volume can be removed easily using any one of about seven different techniques that are generally accepted. We typically customize the approach to your particular breast shape and size.

Clark F Schierle MD, PhD
Clark F Schierle MD, PhD
676 N St Clair StChicagoIL60611US

Clark F Schierle MD, PhD

676 N Saint Clair St #1575, Chicago, IL,
60611, USA

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It's impossible to answer your question without measuring and examining your breasts (I'm afraid cup sizes are not how surgeons measure breasts, since they are not accurate or reproducible). Based on your information, it's quite likely you would be covered if you meet your insurance plan's criteria (which include more than just breast size).

Reza Momeni MD, FACS
Reza Momeni MD, FACS
1 Diamond Hill RdBerkeley HeightsNJ07922US

Reza Momeni MD, FACS

1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ,
07922, US

Thanks for your question. Breast reduction consistently is one of the most satisfying surgeries we do for our patients. The amount of breast tissue that can be removed is based on how much we have to leave behind so that there is adequate blood supply to the nipple areolar complex. Once you have been examined, your surgeon should be able to estimate how much can be removed on each side. Unfortunately fewer and fewer reductions are getting approved by insurance companies as many will not consider them medically necessary unless a HUGE amount is resected. Some policies list it as an exclusion. This is very unfair for healthy patients who have breasts that are disproportionately large for their frame. Provided you have a BMI of less than 30 and have been seeing a doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist for treatment it should boost your chances. Best of Luck!

M. Scott Haydon MD
M. Scott Haydon MD
4701 Bee Cave RdAustinTX78746US

M. Scott Haydon MD

4701 Bee Cave Road, Suite 202, Austin, TX,
78746, US

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Hello and thanks for the question.

There is no set limit that one can remove from your breast. We typically try to remove enough of tissue to give you the size you want or to meet insurance criteria. Most insurance companies pay for breast reduction as long as,,,,, you have symptoms, and there is sufficient amount of fat removed to meet their criteria. We must always leave some breast tissue behind in order to give you some shape to your remaining breast and to preserve blood supply to your nipples.

Daniel Markmann MD
Daniel Markmann MD
9171 Baltimore National PikeEllicott CityMD21042US

Daniel Markmann MD

9171 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 205,
Ellicott City, MD, 21042, US

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