What is the average cost for a 'lift'?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
In general, breast lift procedure will vary depending upon patient's needs. Depending upon the laxity of skin on the breasts which depends upon the position of the nipple-areolar complex to the inframammary fold, a specific type of lift may be required.

In general, there are three types of lifts. One includes removing a small amount of skin above the areola called the periareolar crescent lift; the second is a vertical mastopexy where skin is removed around the areola and down the middle of the breast, also called a lollipop lift; and finally a formal mastopexy, aka, anchor scar where skin is removed circumferentially around the areola, along the middle of the breast, and along the inframammary fold is for more severe cases where the nipple-areolar complex is greater than 3 cm below the fold. Obviously, the more skin and the longer duration of time required for the operation, the more expensive the surgery will be. 

In general, vertical lifts and formal mastopexies require general anesthesia in the operating room and, thereby, costs will be increased as well. A formal breast lift without an implant can range variably anywhere between $7000 and $15,000 for surgeon's costs depending upon the amount of time in the operating room and anesthesia costs. If implants are placed concurrently, this obviously can increase the cost significantly.
Tara Whitworth
The cost of a lift varies from state to state. The total cost is determined by several factors, such as the type of lift, whether or not an implant is used, surgeon’s fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees. In general, it can cost anywhere from several thousand dollars all the way up to $20,000, but most facilities offer payment options, such as a payment plan or financing. 

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