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Nat Joy
7 months ago
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covid-19

Is there any chance of receiving a consultation during lockdown, and is getting a reduction good for someone who is 5’0 with 36D’s?

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Type: Question

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Aaron Stone
ASPS Surgeon

I assume you mean breast reduction. The height and size are only relevant with respect to the way your insurance policy is written. Some require a specific amount of breast tissue to be removed in proportion to height and weight in addition to documentation of duration of pain or skin problems associated with large breasts and documentation of some number of months of non-surgical treatment. You need to look at your policies coverage criteria and then proceed to meet those criteria. That can be done before you have the actual consultation with your surgeon.

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Jared Davis
ASPS Surgeon

Bra cup measurements are known to vary highly, so it is difficult to say you are a candidate based on cup size.

Breast and body surgery is best planned with an in person consultation. In my practice, and in most settings, non urgent consultations for this type of surgery have been postponed.

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J. Gerald Minniti
ASPS Surgeon

Yes, many of us are doing virtual consultations. Call for an appointment.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Many offices are providing virtual consultations so that you can obtain the necessary information and advice to make the best treatment decision.

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Many plastic surgeons are offering virtual consultations during the pandemic. Use the Find-a-Surgeon tool on this website to locate a board-certified plastic surgeon near you. Use the contact form on the surgeon's website, or telephone the office, to inquire about a virtual consult. Breast reduction is often a covered benefit of health insurance, but most companies require the patient to be a DD or greater. If your breasts are uncomfortable, but not large enough to qualify for your insurer paying for a reduction, you can still have the procedure performed by paying for it yourself. Many plastic surgeons offer financing options for their patients as well.

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Katerina Gallus
ASPS Surgeon
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Hi Nat Joy. Thank you for your question. There are many board-certified plastic surgeons in San Diego that are offering virtual consultations. You can expect to discuss your concerns with the surgeon via a telehealth meeting to assess if breast reduction surgery is the right procedure for you. If a reduction in volume is your concern and you have symptoms such as back pain and shoulder grooving you will likely be able to have your procedure covered by insurance. If your individual needs do not meet insurance criteria most surgeons offering financing options like Care Credit. Either way, you can start the process now while our state is under quarantine. You can use the Find-a-Surgeon tool on this website to locate a plastic surgeon near you. Best of luck!

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Justin West
ASPS Surgeon
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Many plastic surgery practice, like ours, are offering virtual consultations during the stay home orders. During these consultations we can go over your concerns and discuss the procedure, recovery, risks and complications. Once the stay home orders are lifted we would then have you follow up for a consultation so we can evaluate you in person and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Cup size isn't a reliable indicator as to whether someone is a good candidate for reduction surgery since it can be so variable. If you have neck/back pain, grooves in your shoulders from your bra straps, or get rashes under your breasts you may benefit from a reduction if those issues are being caused by large/heavy breasts.

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