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Question: What’s the difference between a Breast Lift and a Breast Reduction? Do I have to have scars? Are one or both covered by insurance?
Answer: The obvious purpose of a Breast Reduction is to make heavy, oversized breasts smaller and lighter to reduce back and neck aches, rashes under the breasts and strap indentations. A Breast Lift (Mastopexy) is a cosmetic procedure to lift sagging breasts for a lifted, perkier appearance.
The incision in both procedures is the shape of a “keyhole”. In the reduction, maximum tissue is removed to make the breasts smaller; in a lift, minimum tissue is removed so that the breasts will remain about the same size. Although the reasons for both surgeries may be different, they both share a common goal: to relocate the areola back into a higher position so that the nipples are facing forward, not down.
Both surgeries will result in a “lollipop” shaped scar, a line around the perimeter of the areola and another line going straight down on the breast. If the breasts are not very saggy, the procedure may be done with a peri-areolar scar, one thin line along the lower edge of the areola.
Breast Lifts are cosmetic in nature and are not covered by insurance. Since Breast Reduction is considered a medical procedure, it can be covered by insurance. The patient must provide proof of “medical necessity”: a documented number of visits for chiropractic or physical therapy and letters from physicians describing their treatments and recommending Breast Reduction.