Average cost of breast reduction and lift?
What is the cost, on average, for a breast reduction and subsequent breast lift? Does it vary depending on the size of your breasts? I am 28 and I developed early - in a huge way. I would like to have kids someday but don't even want to think about how uncomfortable it would be with my breasts grown even larger. I am seriously interested in having a breast reduction as well as a lift but can't realistically consider it until I know what I am up against financially. I've heard prices vary depending on where you live. I'm in Portland, Oregon but would be prepared to travel if the cost savings were great enough.
When it comes to breast reduction and breast lift surgery, there are many variables that will affect the final cost of surgery. The total cost of breast reduction (with a lift) includes:
- Anesthesia fees
- Surgeon's fees
- Medical prescriptions
- Surgical facility costs
- Preoperative medical tests
- Post-surgical compression garments
Each of these costs, in turn, may vary. For example, breast reduction surgery performed at an accredited facility with AAAASF, JCAHO or AAAHC certification will likely cost more as you are assured of a higher standard of patient safety.
Surgeons who are experienced in breast reduction surgery with excellent patient satisfaction levels are likely to charge more for their services than those who are not. Finding an experienced surgeon increases your chances of a beautiful outcome.
The cost of breast reduction surgery is also affected by the type of reduction procedure performed, which will be determined by your current breast size, the position of your breasts on your chest, the extent of reduction you are hoping to achieve, and the location of your nipples (nipples that have descended past the breast crease and are pointing downwards may be an indication that the nipple-areolar complex will need to be raised).
Schedule an appointment with a local board-certified plastic surgeon to learn more about the procedures that best suit your cosmetic goals and a realistic idea of what you can expect to pay for them. For some candidates, the cost of breast reduction surgery may be covered in full or in part by health insurance, particularly when overly large breasts are causing health issues or complications, such as chronic back, shoulder, or neck pain.
Breast reduction surgery reduces the size of the breasts and is almost always accompanied by a breast lift so the remaining breast tissue can be shaped and elevated on the chest.
One advantage of breast reduction surgery is that it’s both functional and aesthetic in nature. Women with very large breasts often find their physical and emotional wellbeing improved following surgery, as they can exercise more easily and generally feel more comfortable in their clothing.
In addition, their breasts become more aesthetically pleasing. Women who undergo this procedure are usually delighted as they emerge from the ordeal with smaller breasts that are also more youthful-looking and perky.
It is very difficult to provide an average cost for breast reduction and lift surgery as the procedure is affected by diverse variables, such as surgeon’s credentials, your geographic location, the type of breast reduction surgery you undergo, the duration of the surgery itself, the surgical facility, and the qualifications of the anesthesiologist. The best way to gain an accurate idea of what you can expect to spend is to book a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon.
Because macromastia or breast hypertrophy is generally considered to be a condition that contributes to medical problems like back and neck pain, it may be covered by medical insurance. Your plastic surgeon can help you determine if you meet the criteria your insurance provider requires.
If you don’t have medical insurance and are prepared to cover the cost of surgery yourself, a board-certified, experienced surgeon will improve your odds of getting the best possible outcome from your investment. Start with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or the Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) to find an affiliated surgeon.
Inexperienced, cheaper surgeons may save you money in the short term, but if you end up requiring revision procedures or are dissatisfied with your results, a cheaper surgeon can ultimately become very costly. Ask to see before and after photos of the surgeon's previous breast reduction patients to get a better idea of their aesthetic before committing to them.
The cost of breast reduction surgery varies widely. According to 2017 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost for breast reduction surgery is $5,482, but can also cost as much as $12,000. In Portland, Oregon, the average cost for a breast reduction procedure is approximately $8,200, but again, could also cost up to $11,000. Note that unless you have a breast reduction using liposuction, breast reduction surgery does include a breast lift as part of the procedure.
Many factors influence the cost of plastic surgery. Among them are:
- Your plastic surgeon's location: Geographical location can strongly affect the cost of plastic surgery. Generally, surgeons in large cities or cosmopolitan areas will have higher overheads and their prices will be adjusted to reflect this.
- Your plastic surgeon's experience and reputation: The fee that your surgeon charges should be commensurate with his or her experience. Surgeons who specialize in breast reduction and lift procedures and have outstanding reputations with a long history of satisfied patients usually charge more for their services. Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and/or other respected surgical boards may also charge higher fees as they are required to continually engage in ongoing training and education to ensure they are offering the most up-to-date surgical techniques and providing the greatest possible safety level for their patients.
- The type of procedure required: Breast reduction surgery can be performed by liposuction alone, a short scar procedure, or a traditional breast reduction. Liposuction is the most cost-effective option, but isn’t suitable for all breast reduction candidates and doesn’t include a breast lift. Short scar surgery offers a smaller incision and more rapid recovery time than traditional breast reduction surgery. Traditional breast reduction surgery is most suitable for very large breasts that require considerable removal of glandular and adipose tissue. This technique reshapes the breast tissue and lifts the breasts to a higher position on the chest, and in some cases, relocates the nipple areolar complex to a more elevated location as well. The cost of the facility where surgery is performed: The quality of the surgical facility where your breast reduction and lift is performed also affects the cost. Your surgeon may choose to conduct surgery in a hospital where he or she has operating rights, or in an ambulatory day clinic or surgical suite. These facilities may be accredited or not. Accredited facilities must meet strict standards for patient safety. They generally have extremely low patient mortality rates and qualified personnel on hand to take care of patients in case of emergency.
- The cost of anesthesia: Not all plastic surgeons utilize board-certified anesthesiologists. Some work with non-certified anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists. While there may well be highly competent professionals in all three groups, board-certified anesthesiologists are fully licensed doctors who have obtained specialist training in administering anesthesia, and have passed written and oral examinations required by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). Nurse anesthetists do not have this same level of rigorous training. As such, a board-certified anesthesiologist is likely to charge more for his or her services.
Ultimately, the best way to gain an accurate idea of the investment required for a breast reduction and lift is to schedule a consultation with a nearby board-certified plastic surgeon. You should also be aware that some breast reduction procedures might be paid in full or in part by your health insurance company, so be sure to check and see if breast reduction surgery is included in your own plan.
A breast reduction can dramatically transform a woman's lifestyle and confidence. Breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, includes a breast lift at the time the reduction procedure is performed. Excess glandular tissue and loose, sagging skin is removed, and the breast is shaped and lifted to a raised position on the chest. In some cases, the nipple areolar complex will also be relocated to a higher position on the breast.
The cost of surgery depends on three main factors: the type of breast reduction surgery,, the reputation and experience of the surgeon performing the procedure, and the location where the surgery is performed. As you are located in Portland, Oregon, you can expect to pay between $6000-$11,000. This includes the surgeon's fee, facility fee and the anesthetist fee. Additional costs, such as pre-operative medical tests or postoperative surgical bras may need to be paid for separately.
Liposuction alone (lipectomy) may be carried out to remove excess fat tissue from the sides of the breasts and the armpits: this provides better contour and is most suitable for those seeking only a modest reduction and no lift.
The three main types of breast reduction are traditional, or "anchor" incision breast lift, vertical incision or "lollipop" breast lift, and single-scar breast lift. Each may be paired with liposuction for optimal results. The procedure you and your surgeon settle on will take into consideration the extent of reduction you’re hoping to achieve and the type of scar you’ll be comfortable with. Each of these reduction techniques may be priced differently as some require more time on the operating table than others.
Many health insurance providers cover reduction mammoplasty. In order for you to obtain coverage, your insurance provider will require photographs and a letter from your plastic surgeon or doctor. You may still be required to pay some copays or deductibles yourself, however.
If you aren’t covered by health insurance but would still like to undergo a breast reduction, many clinics offer their patients financing plans, so the cost of surgery can be split into more manageable payments.
Dr. Neil Zemmel has 2 Breast augmentation, Breast lift before & afters:
Thank you for your question. Costs vary accordingly to the severity of the condition, the combination of procedures undertaken, the amount of surgical time involved and the facility fee. An exact cost can not be given unless you have a thorough consulatation. Best of luck!
Dhaval M. Patel
Double Board Certified