Breast Lift Cost
While not everyone wants to admit it, cost is a major factor when it comes to whether or not you undergo any cosmetic procedure, such as breast lift surgery. It is a sad fact, even though you may desire to have lifted, more youthful breasts, you have to make sure you can factor the cost of the treatment into your life.
Many people shop around for plastic surgery (as they do for most big ticket items), and when they do, they realize that there is a large variation of costs.
But why is this? It is the same procedure after all.
Well, there is a lot that contributes to breast lift costs, whether you are in Newport Beach, California, or anywhere else in the country.
So, what are these factors?
The biggest variable in your plastic surgery cost is the surgeon’s fees. This is the price you pay for the surgeon of your choice. This value takes into account your surgeon’s training, experience, and knowledge. Usually, more trained and talented surgeons cost more.
While you should never automatically assume that an expensive surgeon will be the most skilled, it is an indication that they have put the work in. At the same time, you should also be wary of choosing a “bargain” surgeon. You are putting your health and body in the hands of your surgeon, you want to make sure that you put your own health above the bottom line.
Whatever you do, choose a surgeon who you feel comfortable with. Ask about their schooling and training. Ask to see their before and after photos. Ask them how often they experience complications with their procedures and how they would handle them. A consultation is a great time for you to interview your surgeon.
Your breast lift will be performed under general anesthesia. This requires the presence of an anesthesiologist. This person will administer the drugs and remain in the OR to monitor your vitals and overall health.
Some surgeons perform breast lift surgery in a hospital; others choose to perform the surgery in their own surgical suites. There are pros and cons to both — and often big variations in costs.
It is often more expensive to have your surgery performed in a hospital. This is because you have fees from the surgeon and also overhead fees from the hospital. In addition, scheduling is often more complicated in a hospital setting since emergency surgeries will always come before elective plastic surgery procedures. The benefit to having surgery in a hospital, however, is that you are in a hospital if anything goes unexpectedly (though this is very rare).
Surgeons have more control over facility fees when they perform surgery in their own facility, and, usually, their facilities have all of the same equipment and devices as a hospital. It is also easier to schedule with more availability.
Certain geographical areas are simply more expensive than others. This can be seen in nearly everything, and plastic surgery is no different. You can expect to pay a very different price in an area like Newport Beach, California, than you would in the middle of the country.
While breast lift surgery can be performed alone to lift sagging breasts, it is commonly performed alongside another breast surgery, such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, or breast revision.
The cost of your surgery will vary significantly if another of these techniques are combined. That being said, the combined price will be cheaper than if you scheduled these surgeries at separate times because you will only be paying for some items (like facility and anesthesia) once.
While the above cost factors are the most significant, other factors also exist. These include:
- Pre-surgical tests
- Post-surgical dressings
- Follow-up appointments
- Pain medication
Have More Questions About Breast Lift Surgery?
Does a breast lift change the size of my breasts?
Breast lift surgery is designed to lift sagging breasts. This technique is common after weight loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging process. While this surgery can revamp the look of your breasts and restore youthful perkiness, it has little effect on the size of the breasts. If you would like your breasts to be bigger, then you would need to combine it with a breast augmentation with implants or fat grafting. If you want your breasts smaller, then you would also need a breast reduction.
Can a breast lift raise my nipple-areola complex?
The nipple-areola complex (NAC) often becomes larger and droops as the breast tissue does. Breast lift surgery allows your NAC to be lifted to a more central part of the breasts.
How long is breast lift recovery?
Most patients require one to two weeks off of work and their normal activities (longer for strenuous exercise and lifting). While there may be some discomfort after breast surgery, most patients find little difficulty. Additionally, pain medication can be taken to restore comfort.