Breast lift surgery is something that many women dream of for years before finally committing. Not only can it be slightly daunting to undergo a surgery that’s elective instead of mandatory for one’s health, but many patients also worry about recovery and aftercare. Fortunately, understanding this crucial information about breast lift surgery can quell much of your trepidation.
But then, of course, there’s the cost.
How much does a breast lift really cost?
Since breast lift surgery isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure, it can be difficult to give a definitive answer. Still, we hope to provide a general idea of the cost of breast lift surgery below so that you can know what to expect if you’ve been considering this surgery.
Breast Lift Cost
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates the average cost of a breast lift to be around $5,000 across the country. Keep in mind, however, that this cost is basically an estimation of your surgeon’s fees only. In other words, the $5,000 estimation does not include things like surgical facility fees, postoperative prescription fees, the cost of anesthesia, etc.
Furthermore, there are numerous factors that will ultimately influence the total price of your breast lift surgery. Let’s take a look at a few of these.
First, there’s surgeon experience. How skilled is the surgeon you are looking to work with? Their training and education will influence the prices they charge for their services.
In a similar fashion, anesthesiologists will charge more if they have more skill and experience as well. Anesthesiologists charge their own fees, which are separate from your surgeon’s fees. With that said, your surgeon will be the one deciding who your anesthesiologist is.
Where you will be having surgery will also have a large bearing on the total price of your procedure. You are required to pay for access to the facilities you’ll need during your surgery. So, if you plan on having surgery in a hospital (again, this will be decided by your surgeon), you’ll need to pay the hospital’s mandated fees for using their staff, equipment, supplies, and space. In addition, if you have surgery in a metropolitan or other high-cost area, this will increase your overall cost of your surgery as well.
Lastly, one of the most influential factors regarding your breast lift cost will be how intense your surgery is. If you and your surgeon are planning a basic breast lift and no extra procedures or challenges are expected, you’ll likely pay the baseline price for your procedure.
On the other hand, if you are planning a breast lift with breast augmentation or a breast lift with fat transfer, etc. (or if you have a unique situation that requires additional work on your surgeon’s part) this will drive up the cost.
Are Breast Lifts More Expensive Than Breast Augmentation?
Generally speaking, yes, breast lifts tend to be more expensive than breast augmentation surgery. In many cases, this is because breast lift surgery tends to be more complex than breast augmentation surgery.
With lifts, for example, it’s more common for patients to have unique anatomical factors that need to be addressed with varied approaches — determined at your surgeon’s discretion. Breast augmentation surgery tends to be more straightforward and consistent for all patients.
How Much Does a Breast Augmentation With Lift Cost?
More expensive than both an individual breast lift and an individual breast augmentation surgery is a combination “breast lift with breast augmentation” surgery. This procedure both lifts and tightens the breast tissue (breast lift) and adds volume (breast augmentation).
The average cost of breast augmentation with lift is around $6,500. But again, this cost isn’t factoring in things like anesthesia fees, surgical facility fees, and prescription medication costs, etc. Notice, however, that the estimated breast augmentation with lift cost is still slightly lower than the combined cost of a separate breast lift with a separate breast augmentation. This is because you’ll be able to take advantage of a single surgery over multiple surgeries, which will ultimately lower some of the expected fees.
FAQs: Cost of Breast Lift Surgery
Will health insurance cover breast lift surgery?
No, not usually. Health insurance covers mandatory healthcare services. Breast lift surgery is an elective procedure, so health insurance usually doesn’t cover it.
How do people afford breast lifts?
Often, patients choose to pay out-of-pocket for breast lift surgery — either with their own personal funds or with a loan. Some surgeons will also offer financing options for those who qualify.
How long does a breast lift last?
This really depends on multiple factors. Some patients will benefit from the results of their breast lift for 10 to 15 years. Others will want revisions after just three or four years. Factors such as the age you were when you had surgery, the elasticity of your skin, and your body composition overall will ultimately influence how long you’ll benefit from your breast lift results.
Schedule Your Breast Lift Consultation Appointment
Are you interested in this procedure but concerned about the price?
Some patients may be tempted to find the best breast lift cost they can, which could mean working with a subpar surgeon. Don’t make this mistake. Surgeons without proper training or experience may end up lowering the quality of your results. Furthermore, this approach could put your health at risk.
Dr. Nicholas Lahar has many years of experience performing breast lifts for his patients. Contact Dr. Lahar’s office today to set up a consultation appointment and discuss your options with him one-on-one.