For many women, their breasts are too heavy a burden to carry without regular pain and discomfort. This is a condition named macromastia or when the breasts become excessively large. One permanent solution to this problem is a breast reduction procedure, otherwise called Reduction Mammoplasty, performed in our very own Scottsdale plastic surgery office.
One of the most common concerns we hear from our patients is whether the surgery can be covered by insurance. If you fall under any of the following categories, it is a possibility that you may be provided some amount of coverage for the surgery. This information is not meant to substitute the advice of a licensed medical professional, but to take you toward the next step in deciding whether this breast reduction surgery in Scottsdale is right for you and your lifestyle.
1. Symptomatic Muscle Pain
This includes any significant back, neck, and shoulder pain that lasts at least six months and is not alleviated by any of the following treatments: over-the-counter pain relievers, supportive garments such as a back brace, or physical therapy.
2. Arthritic Changes
This includes the restriction of certain movements or activities, in conjunction with a change in your ability to perform your typical daily activities. It usually is specific to the cervical (back of the neck) and/or upper thoracic (between shoulder blades) vertebrae.
3. Skin Irritation
Differentiated from general skin irritation, intertriginous maceration is when the skin becomes inflamed, red, and sometimes infected from constant friction, a lack of circulation, and excessive moisture resulting in eventual skin break down. Often this occurs in the inframammary skin region, where the breasts meet with the skin of the chest. Irritation may also occur atop the shoulders where the bra strap is most heavily weighted by the breasts.
For an individualized assessment of your physical condition and insurance coverage options, it is imperative that you see a medical professional and call your insurance provider for further details. We hope that should you decide this is the right treatment option for you, that you will choose the offices of Dr. Meger in Scottsdale, Arizona for the procedure.