Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is an ideal cosmetic procedure for patients with droopy, sagging breasts and downward pointing nipples. The procedure removes excess skin and breast tissue for a more youthful look.
For many women, including weight loss patients and women who’ve had children, it can be a life-changing procedure with long-lasting benefits. At the same time, for many folks, cost can be a limiting factor.
Breast lift cost can vary by several thousand dollars, depending on the patient, surgeon, and approach to surgery. While some sources estimate the average cost of breast lift surgery to be between $4,000 and $6,000, certain breast lifts may cost upwards of $10,000 to $12,000, or perhaps higher.
The truth is, breast lift costs are going to depend on a long list of different variables. Below, we’ll go over these factors and provide a better understanding of how much your mastopexy surgery will likely cost you.
Your choice of skilled surgeon will greatly influence the final cost of your breast left. Plastic surgeons who specialize in breast lift surgery tend to charge more for their expertise, for instance. Likewise, if the surgeon you choose bundles their surgery with additional services or uses their own private surgical facility for the procedure, the price may also be higher.
Location and time of year will also influence cosmetic surgery costs. In larger cities, for example, the cost of living is higher, and this will mean cosmetic surgery prices will be higher as well.
In the same vein, the time of year in which you choose to have surgery will also influence your breast lift bill. Winter surgeries are more common (and therefore more expensive) because clothes are bulkier and layered, so it’s often easier to conceal that you’ve had surgery. People tend to get more time off during the winter as well, which makes breast lift recovery easier.
Breast lifts are commonly added to mommy makeover procedures. So, if you plan on getting a mommy makeover with a breast lift, liposuction, breast implants, and a tummy tuck, the price of your overall surgery is going to be far higher than if you just got a breast lift.
Of course, some patients do not opt for a full mommy makeover and will instead simply combine a breast lift with liposuction or a breast lift with breast implant surgery. Whenever additional procedures are added, the cost of surgery goes up.
Nearly all breast lift surgeries are performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Typically, the cost of general anesthesia is higher than the cost of local anesthesia.
In addition to the type of anesthesia needed for your surgery, anesthesiologists will also charge different prices for their skill and services.
Generally speaking, the longer you spend in the operating room for your breast lift, the higher the operating room fees will be.
After surgery, your surgeon may require you to purchase compression garments. Other products such as special sleeping pillows, chairs, or cushions may be helpful as well. Patients will also need to pay for their prescription medications following surgery, and some plastic surgeons will recommend lymphatic massage as well.
Vampire breast lifts usually cost around $2,000 or more. Keep in mind that vampire breast lifts do not actually lift the breasts as a breast lift procedure does. Instead, a vampire breast lift improves the overall shape of your breasts and slightly augments them (increases their size).
For most patients, insurance will not pay for a breast lift procedure. A breast augmentation procedure is sometimes covered by health insurance when it is medically necessary — for example, after a mastopexy indicated for breast cancer.
However, purely cosmetic procedures, which generally includes all breast lift surgeries, are not considered medically necessary and are, therefore, not covered by health insurance plans.
Patients who opt for a breast lift and breast augmentation combination surgery will pay more than patients who just get a breast lift procedure. If you are interested in a nonsurgical breast lift, these procedures will cost less than a surgical (traditional) breast lift.
Yes, for patients who are unable to pay for breast surgery out-of-pocket, financing options are often available. For example, many patients apply for credit with healthcare credit card companies such as CareCredit, ALPHAEON, and PatientFi.
These establishments provide credit to pay for elective plastic surgeries such as breast lift procedures. Flexible, monthly payment options are available.
You can discuss more about the cost of breast lift surgery at your consultation appointment with Dr. Aric Aghayan.
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