Breast Lift Surgery Cost

Every woman has the right to feel great in her own skin and to use any methods to be fully satisfied with her image. Fortunately, there are several methods to achieve the desired look, one of them being mastopexy, the breast lift surgery.

This surgery can reconstruct your breast if it has changed in shape due to weight changes or after pregnancy and breastfeeding. The mastopexy surgery aims to reposition the mammary gland, the areola, and the nipple in a correct, aesthetic position, in order to obtain a more beautiful shape, in harmony with the proportions of the body.

How much does breast lift surgery cost?

According to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a breast lift surgery is $5,100, without including the costs with the operating room facilities, anesthesia and others.

The total cost of breast lift surgery would include pre- and post-op lab and medical tests, the surgeon’s fee, postoperative charges or follow-up appointments, all anesthesia costs, fees for surgical supplies, and the facility fees for the surgical center or the hospital.

According to most reviews on the Real Self website, the cost of a breast lift surgery would start at around $3,800 and go up to $16,500, with an average cost of $8,200. The costs would be even higher if you want to add breast implants to this procedure. The average cost of a breast lift with augmentation is around $9,200.

The costs of breast lift surgery and any complications it leads to are not covered by health insurance in most cases. Though, many plastic surgeons provide patient financing plans, so make sure you ask about this.

Which are the additional costs?

Before the surgery, the patients should undergo routine lab work and medical tests in order to make sure that they are in good general health with no medical problems that may affect the procedure. Another out-of-pocket cost you need to consider is the one related to post-surgical compression garments and prescription medications.

Breast lifting procedure overview

Before the surgery, a set of blood tests must be performed, tests to detect any cardiovascular conditions, and a breast ultrasound to determine the patient’s exact state of health.

The surgical procedure itself is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2-3 hours.

Although there are several techniques in general use, mostly related to the location of the incision, each technique involves the following steps:

  • making an incision around the breast (the most used being the anchor-shaped incision, which follows the natural contour of the breast);
  • excision of the excess skin, the nipple and areola being moved higher, according to a predetermined pattern;
  • taking off the gland from the pectoral muscle and fixing it in the new position;
  • nipple repositioning (if needed).

After the actual surgery, a compression bandage will be applied to the incision area and drainage tubes might be placed to prevent fluid build-up.

In the first days after the surgery, the pain can be easily relieved with the help of analgesics.

For at least one month after the surgery, the patient will have to constantly wear an elastic compression bustier that will prevent the formation of edema and reduce swelling.

You might also like our articles on the cost of breast augmentation, breast reduction, or mommy makeover.

Light activities can be resumed the day after surgery, but intense training is only allowed again after about 4-8 weeks.

When are the results visible and how long do they last?

The result is immediate; the breasts will look better, they will be higher, more harmonious, more symmetrical, without losing their natural appearance. But the final results appear after the first 6 weeks and improve over time as the scars fade.

These results should last long-term, but changes in weight, pregnancy and aging can change the appearance of the breast. Therefore, to maintain the effects of the procedure as much as possible, try to maintain a stable weight, having a balanced diet and exercising daily.

What breast lift surgery can’t do

Breast Lift Surgery ExplainedThe size of your breasts will not be significantly changed after the breast lift surgery. Also, the upper part of your breast will not be round out. Take into consideration breast lift and breast augmentation surgery, if you want your breast to look fuller.

In case you want smaller breasts, you should combine breast lift with breast reduction surgery.

Who is the ideal candidate for the breast lift procedure?

  • people dissatisfied with the size, shape or position of one or both breasts
  • 18 years old, fully developed breasts
  • good physical health (e.g. obesity or diabetes can slow healing.

How do I know I need breast lift surgery?

You can test how loose the breast is by inserting three fingers under the breast groove. If the breast falls over these three fingers, it is a saggy breast, which can benefit from breast lift surgery.

Does breast lift affect breastfeeding?

Women who can breastfeed before surgery can continue to breastfeed normally after it. Although the amount of milk-producing glandular tissue is reduced, the ductal system by which milk is transported to the nipple remains.

Will the breast lift procedure change the cup size of the bra?

When we talk about lifting the breast, we are talking more about the uniform redistribution of its natural volume. So, although some breast tissue is removed, there are no significant reductions in volume or size.

Normally, the breast lift procedure results in breasts with improved symmetry and a youthful appearance. But if the lift is combined with breast augmentation, then the cup size will obviously increase in proportion to the size of the implant.

Breast lift surgery associated with breast augmentation results in a significant increase in breast size and volume, which means a more aesthetically pleasing cleavage with visibly improved tone.

What are the risks of breast lift surgery?

There is no surgery that doesn’t involve risk. As it is a complex procedure, which requires increased attention and experienced technique, the risks must be thoroughly discussed with the plastic surgeon before the intervention.

In addition to the risks that any general anesthesia involves, infections or hematomas can occur that can cause unsightly scars to appear. Changes in areola and nipple sensitivity may occur, which are very rarely permanent.

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