Breast Reduction

Do you feel burdened by large, pendulous breasts? Or do you just feel that you have lost some of the youthful, perky look you used to have? Come talk with us at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery and learn why hundreds of our Charlotte breast reduction patients are thrilled they finally had a breast reduction procedure.

Our surgeons are experts in breast reduction surgery in Charlotte North Carolina, helping our patients achieve a more proportionate bust line, alleviating the physical and emotional strain that can accompany large breasts. There are many types of breast reduction surgery (also known as reduction mammoplasty), and during your consultation, Dr. Criswell will help you decide which is best for you. This surgery trades excessively large breasts for smaller, lifted breasts with scars. Your plastic surgeon will place the incisions in such a way to minimize the appearance of scars, but how the scars finally heal is mostly dependent on how you heal.

As a general rule, there are two main types of surgery: one leaves a lollipop scar, (a scar around the areola and down the lower part of the breast) and one leaves an anchor type scar (a scar around the areola, down the lower part of the breast, and across the fold of the breast on the underside). Neither scar can be seen in clothes, a bathing suit or bra. Your surgeon will choose the one that gives you the best result with the smallest scar.

At Criswell & Criswell, we perform this procedure as both an insurance related procedure and a cosmetic procedure. To find out more about these options, please contact one of our staff who can help guide you.

Do you think that your insurance might cover your breast reduction surgery?

You may want to call your insurance company to begin with to find out if reduction mammoplasty is a covered procedure with your plan. As a general rule of thumb, in order to qualify for insurance for breast reduction surgery:

  • Your BMI must be less than 30 (BMI Calculator)
  • You must have at least 6 months to a year of medical documentation regarding medical problems related to large breasts (from your doctor, chiropractor, and physical therapist)
  • You must have tried and failed non-surgical treatments (including specialty bras, medicated powders and creams for infections)
  • You must meet other strict surgical criteria determined by your surgeon.


Recognize that if you do meet the above criteria (and generally a few more as determined by your particular plan), the process from consultation to approval can take three to six months.

If you qualify, our staff will help you through the insurance process. We are specialists in making the process as easy as possible for you.