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Smaller Breast Reduction Surgeries Provide Health Benefits, Should Be Reimbursed

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Breast Reduction Surgery

Findings Question Insurance Industry's Refusal to Cover Reduction Mammoplasties of Less Than 1,000 Grams

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Smaller-framed women reap significant health and quality-of-life benefits from breast reductions that involve the removal of under 500 grams of tissue per breast, according to a first-of-its-kind study from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the New York University School of Medicine.

The finding runs counter to the policies of most U.S. health insurance companies, who typically do not reimburse women for these smaller mammoplasties because insurance companies deem them to be only of cosmetic value.

"Of course, as plastic surgeons, we know that isn't true