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Breast Surgery Procedures

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Breast surgeries are considered to be cosmetic or reconstructive procedures based on the purpose of the surgery. Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape parts of the body to improve a person's appearance and bolster their self-esteem. Reconstructive surgery is performed to correct problems that interfere with a function of the body or to approximate a normal appearance.

Reconstructive surgery is covered by most health insurance policies, though levels of coverage for specific procedures vary greatly according to the specifics of each individual policy. Cosmetic surgery is generally not covered by health insurance. For more information, see our section on costs and financing for cosmetic surgery procedures.

Breast Enhancement

Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation, or augmentation mammaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure chosen by many women to enhance the size and shape of their breasts.

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to reduce the size of large breasts that is performed for physical relief as well as for cosmetic reasons.

Breast Lift

Breast Lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure to lift and reshape the breasts. The procedure results in breasts that are more firm and shapely.

Breast Reconstruction

Many women have benefited from Breast Reconstruction as a means to restore their natural feminine curves and avoid insecurities that might be otherwise experienced.

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  • Breast Surgery Procedures — Learn about other breast surgery procedures — Breast Lifts, Breast Reduction and Breast Reconstruction.
  • Breast Anatomy — Understanding the general anatomy of the breasts is helpful to women considering Breast Implants.
  • Breast Cancer Screening — All women, including those with breast implants, should undergo regular Breast Cancer Screenings.


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