Will my United Health care pay for me to go from a DDD to a C or B?

I'm a 21 year old female. I have two children. I want a breast reduction due to shoulder pain, lower back pain, neck pain, and even headaches. I just don't know if insurance would pay for it. I am also over weight. I feel the harder I push myself the more I gain. I feel nasty in my own body. I can't play in the floor with my 7 month old and I can’t pick her or my 2 year old up without gravity taking over. I feel worthless. I really want to be healthy and enjoy playing with my children without the constant pains. Help please!

Large breasts may not only interfere with your physical ability to function in daily activities but can be emotionally burdensome as well. From what you describe you are a candidate for a breast reduction. Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue and reshapes the contour of the breasts so that they are smaller and perkier. It is possible to do a breast reduction with a minimal scar technique and can also be done as a outpatient procedure under twilight sedation. It's important to be sure expectations are realistic and you have an understanding of the commitment needed for the healing process. Make sure that you understand the nature of your surgery, the recovery process, and that you feel comfortable and emotionally ready to make these changes to your body. In some cases, a breast reduction is reimbursable by your insurance company and most offices will help you with the pre-authorization and reimbursement process. I suggest you make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon who will examine you and go over your surgical options in detail.

Michelle Copeland, DMD, MD, FACS, PC
Michelle Copeland, DMD, MD, FACS, PC
1001 5th AveNew YorkNY10028US

Michelle Copeland, DMD, MD, FACS, PC

1001 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10028, US

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It sounds like you would be a good candidate for a breast reduction once you lose some weight. Insurance very rarely pays for breast reduction surgery anymore. In fact, often they say they will pay, you have the surgery, then they deny the claim later, and you are stuck with a huge bill. BEWARE!!

Laura Sudarsky MD, FACS
Laura Sudarsky MD, FACS
6333 N Federal HwyFort LauderdaleFL33308US

Laura Sudarsky MD, FACS

6333 North Federal Highway, Suite 404,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33308 , US

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Thanks for your question. Women with breasts that are disproportionately large for their frame and have symptoms like neck and shoulder pain are great candidates for breast reduction. It is probably best done after you are having children if you've already had two, but technically doesn't interfere with future pregnancies. Insurance companies have become very unwilling to pay for reductions unfortunately, and they are decided on a case by case basis. As long as you are not obese and your surgeon can remove a fair amount of breast tissue, you are likely a candidate. For the surgeon, the estimation of the amount that can safely be removed is based on how much must be left behind to provide blood supply to the nipple areolar complex. Find a Boar Certified Plastic Surgeon to consult with and see if this is right for you.

Best of Luck!

M. Scott Haydon MD
M. Scott Haydon MD
4701 Bee Cave RdWest Lake HillsTX78746US

M. Scott Haydon MD

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

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