As women age, their breasts naturally begin to sag. A breast lift is a procedure designed to lift and firm the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. It's a popular surgery for aging women who want to regain their youthful appearance, women who have lost a lot of weight, and for those looking to enhance their breasts without implants.
There are a few factors that affect the breast lift costs, including your geographic location, the surgeon's individual price points, and the extent of the breast lift itself. Some breast lifts will be more complicated than others-- for example, if a patient has existing health conditions that may compromise the procedure, it could be more expensive than a patient without those conditions. Similarly, a woman who has a lot of extra skin and tissue to remove may have to pay more than a woman who has only a little.
In 2007, the average breast lift cost was $4, 341. This price is bound to have risen at least slightly within the last few years. Plus, that number doesn't include related fees like anesthesia or the facility fee, which averaged about $600 and $800, respectively. A breast lift is comparatively more expensive than breast implants because the procedure is more invasive and personalized. Remember, a breast lift isn't for women looking for larger breasts. It is, however, a great option for women with pendulous breasts or breast skin that has been stretched. It also helps decrease the size of a stretched areola.
A breast lift is a major surgery, so it's extremely important that you choose a skilled plastic surgeon that is understanding of your desires. Make sure that your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. That means that they will have more training and education, thus will be better equipped to give you your desired results. He or she should have experience in performing breast lifts, so that any potential complications that occur during surgery can be properly dealt with. An excellent surgeon may charge above average prices for their services-- but remember, these are permanent changes that you're making to your body.
Plastic surgery clinics that are located in populous, metropolitan areas will charge more than those living in more rural areas. In regions where plastic surgery is more popular (Southern California, for instance) the cost of a breast lift will be higher because there is a greater demand for it. If price is a major issue for you, consider traveling to get your procedure. You may have to pay for transportation and hotel, but it may still be more affordable. Never compromise the quality of your surgeon for a lower price.
Breast lifts are considered a cosmetic procedure, so the cost is not typically covered by insurance. In rare instances, however, breast lifts that are performed after a mastectomy in order to create symmetry may be paid for by insurance. If you fall into this category of women seeking a breast lift, contact your insurance provider to find out if it it's covered.
Your breast lift should leave you feeling proud of your new look. We can set you up with a qualified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in breast lifts. If you'd like to learn more about breast lifts or to schedule a private consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area, contact us today!
*Average surgeon/physician fees taken from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's annual statistics
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