What is the Cost of Breast Reduction Surgery

The cost of breast reduction involves three fees: the anesthesia fee, the facility fee and the surgeon's fee. The surgeon's fee is the most difficult to predict without first knowing the extent of the procedure and the qualifications of the plastic surgeon.

The average breast reduction cost varies from $5,000 to $7,000. Fees include anesthesia, which ranges from $1,000 to $1,500, and the facility fee (or hospital fee), which ranges from $500 to $2,000. The remaining cost will be the surgeon's fee. If more than one procedure is done at the same time, then the total cost will be more, but less than if the procedures are performed separately.

Extent of Breast Reduction Procedure

As with most plastic surgery, cost varies with the extent of the procedure. If your breasts are extremely oversized and additional work is needed to remove excess tissue and to reposition and reshape the nipple area, then the procedure will be more costly. Each breast reduction surgery procedure is unique, so it's premature to ask, "how much will the breast reduction cost?" before the surgeon has examined your breast size and developed a surgical plan.

Skill and Training

It's important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon from the American Board of Plastic Surgery with extensive experience in all types of breast surgery. Board certification may not always guarantee the best results; however, board certification does require specific and rigorous surgical education and training that improves the odds for a successful outcome.

The type of certification is also important. There are more than 150 self-designated boards, but only a handful that are designated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Breast Reduction Surgery Payments

Since breast reduction surgery is often performed for medical and non-cosmetic reasons, the procedure may be covered by your insurance policy. Check with your insurance company to find out if all or part of the procedure is covered. For those procedures not covered by insurance, or for the portion of the procedure not covered, most plastic surgeons have monthly payment plans. For financing options and tips, continue reading about "Patient Financing."

Want information on another procedure? Read an overview of plastic surgery cost.

Our breast reduction recovery page will help you understand what to expect in the days and weeks after your procedure. These resources will help you determine whether the benefits outweigh the costs.