How Much Does Breast Lift Cost in 2022? | RealSelf (2022)

The average cost of a breast lift surgery (mastopexy) without implants is $8,100, according to 4,766 reviews from RealSelf community members.

However, it can range from $2,200 to $13,800.

Read on to find out why prices vary so widely, whether insurance ever covers the cost, and if actual patients say it’s worth the money.

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What does the cost include?

During an initial consultation with a surgeon, they should recommend a personalized treatment plan to address your concerns, such as sagging or lost volume. This is the time to ask for a personalized, all-in breast lift cost quote that includes:

  • The surgeon’s fee
  • All anesthesia costs
  • Facility fees for the hospital or surgical center
  • Pre- and post-op lab and medical tests
  • Follow-up appointments or postoperative charges

It’s also smart to ask:

  • If the consultation fee is applied to the cost of your surgery
  • Whether you’ll need to budget for prescription pain medications and any major recovery supplies, such as a surgical bra to help reduce swelling
  • How they handle revision surgery costs, in case you have any concerns about your results (like asymmetry)

Will insurance pay for a breast lift?

Breast lifts are considered elective cosmetic surgery procedures, so your health insurance plan probably won’t cover it.

However, if you have a documented medical condition, you may be able to prove that it’s medically necessary. “That would include a congenital breast deformity, like a constricted [tuberous] breast, or a lift as part of breast reduction for symptomatic large breasts,” says Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Ziyad Hammoudeh.

If you’re experiencing pain as a result of large, sagging breasts, contact your insurance provider to find out what steps need to be taken to have your breast lift surgery cost covered, in addition to breast reduction surgery.

Is a breast lift worth the money?

Breast lift surgery has a 95% Worth It Rating, based on over 1,200 recent reviews on RealSelf. In other words, a solid majority of people who’ve had a breast lift think it’s worth the hefty price tag.

Many of those who say it was “Worth It” cite higher, more proportional, younger-looking breasts. Some note that they find the scars easy to cover up, that they’ve had better experiences buying clothes post-surgery, and that they have more confidence.

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Among those who found it was “Not Worth It,” many say they have uneven results or complications, like skin necrosis.

What affects the cost of a breast lift?

These are the biggest variables that will impact your breast lift cost.

1. The complexity of your procedure

Your breasts’ degree of ptosis (sagging) and excess skin can make your procedure more or less complex and time-consuming.

  • A significant lift on pendulous breasts can require considerable tissue removal and careful reshaping of the breast, done via an “anchor” incision (which encircles the areola and travels vertically down the front of the breast and horizontally across the breast fold).
  • Lifting smaller breasts with minimal droop usually involves less work and a smaller incision, like the “lollipop” (which spares the horizontal cut) or even a “donut” incision, which traces the outer edge of the areola.

A patient’s nipple placement generally determines the amount of lift needed: If a nipple that was once oriented in the center of the breast is now pointing at the floor, a sizable lift may be in order.

Combining your breast lift procedure with other breast enhancement procedures (like a breast reduction, breast implants, fat transfer, areola reduction, or nipple surgery) will also increase your overall bill. However, having them done in a single operation does come with some cost savings: you’ll only have to pay one facility and anesthesia fee. Some providers also discount their surgeon’s fee for each additional procedure.

Many women opt to combine a breast lift with a tummy tuck and liposuction, for a full mommy makeover. This will cost much more than a breast lift alone ($12,725, on average), but it can produce a dramatic transformation.

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2. The experience level of your surgeon

When choosing a surgeon, make sure they’re board-certified in plastic surgery and have significant experience performing breast lift surgery, with the patient reviews and photo gallery to show for it.

It's smart to have consultations with at least two qualified plastic surgeons, so you can compare their treatment plans and cost estimates.

3. Their practice location

Surgeons who practice in cities or neighborhoods with high costs of living typically charge more, to cover their overhead.

It can be worth traveling to a more affordable location, as long as you still see an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Just make sure you’ve thoroughly vetted them ahead of time.

Here are some examples of breast lift price ranges around the U.S.

  • In Houston, Texas, plastic surgeon Dr. Patrick W. Hsu charges $9,000 to $10,500 for a breast lift.
  • Miami, Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Rami Ghurani charges less: $4,000 to $8,000, on average.
  • The average breast lift cost in Arizona, according to Gilbert, Arizona plastic surgeon Dr. Josh Olson, is between $5,500 and $7,000.
  • In San Francisco, California, breast lift prices at Dr. Usha Rajagopal’s practice start at $13,500.

RealSelf Tip: Just because you find the cheapest place to get a breast lift doesn’t mean you’ll be snagging a deal that’s worth the cost. Keep in mind that if a price seems too good to be true, it may be because the surgeon isn’t qualified—and revision surgery is very expensive.

4. Where your surgery is performed

The operating room at your plastic surgeon’s own surgery center (if they have one) will likely cost less than a hospital, which has more overhead fees.

Though a surgical center can bring down the average cost of a breast lift, it’s important to check that the surgical center is AAAASF accredited and that your doctor has hospital privileges, in case of an emergency.

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5. The type of anesthesia you have and who administers it

Most breast lifts are done under general anesthesia, so you’re completely unconscious. Some surgeons offer twilight anesthesia (also called conscious sedation), but it's not necessarily a cheaper option because an anesthesiologist still needs to be present throughout the procedure.

The full cost of anesthesia includes the anesthesiologist’s fee and the hospital or facility anesthesia fee. This covers supplies, medications, and any additional staff.

A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) can administer anesthesia at a lower cost than an anesthesiologist, but some surgeons consider a board-certified anesthesiologist to be a safer option, due to their advanced training.

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Can you finance a breast lift procedure?

Yes, most practices offer payment plans or accept financing options. Check with your provider's office to see which financing options they accept.

RealSelf can also connect you with vetted lenders.

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Breast lift costs in U.S. states

Browse average breast lift costs and ranges state by state, according to RealSelf member reviews from the past 4 years (as of March 1, 2022).

StateAverage CostCost Range
Alabama$8,999$8,000 - $9,999
Alaska$6,700Not available
Arizona$11,031$6,999 - $20,000
Arkansas$5,900$5,300 - $6,500
California$11,707$7,500 - $23,000
Colorado$8,047$3,000 - $13,000
Connecticut$8,349$5,150 - $9,799
Delaware$4,850$4,700 - $5,000
Florida$6,605$3,500 - $11,000
Georgia$7,195$4,299 - $9,000
Illinois$9,471$6,500 - $14,900
Indiana$5,099$4,200 - $5,999
Kentucky$4,475$1,800 - $7,500
Louisiana$14,375$8,200 - $20,550
Maine$11,235Not available
Maryland$8,168$6,274 - $9,900
Massachusetts$8,636$6,100 - $11,000
Michigan$6,650$1,500 - $8,500
Minnesota$6,900$5,950 - $8,000
Mississippi$4,500Not available
Missouri$8,200$6,400 - $10,000
Nebraska$12,600$9,500 - $15,700
Nevada$7,716$7,000 - $9,800
New Jersey$11,257$5,999 - $15,000
New York$11,104$6,999 - $18,000
North Carolina$7,466$4,000 - $10,000
Ohio$8,702$6,000 - $17,198
Oklahoma$7,433$5,599 - $9,000
Oregon$7,829$6,999 - $9,569
Pennsylvania$8,149$4,500 - $11,700
South Carolina$7,300$5,600 - $9,000
South Dakota$7,324$6,700 - $7,949
Tennessee$7,074$4,800 - $8,999
Texas$10,447$5,899 - $14,000
Utah$8,150$6,000 - $10,450
Virginia$6,727$6,455 - $7,000
Washington$9,350$7,400 - $12,500
Washington, D.C.$14,000Not available
Wisconsin$7,103$5,600 - $8,999

Breast lift costs by country

Browse average breast lift costs and ranges by country, according to RealSelf member reviews from the past 4 years (as of March 1, 2022).

CountryAverage CostCost Range
Australia$9,761$7,494 - $12,145
Canada$7,896$4,105 - $11,549
Dominican Republic$5,719$3,997 - $7,999
Great Britain$7,536$5,869 - $9,549
United States$8,050$2,200 - $13,800

FAQs

Is it worth it to get a breast lift? ›

Breast lifts may help women find relief from back pain and poor posture. In addition, they can improve overall spinal health. Implants will only add more weight. Breast lifts without implants cost less.

How permanent is a breast lift? ›

Is a breast lift permanent? When considering surgery, it is only natural to wonder how long breast lift results last. In general, patients are usually able to enjoy their breast lift results for about 10 – 15 years, though some women go much longer before a revision is needed.

Does a breast lift reduce breast size? ›

Typically, a breast lift (medically referred to as mastopexy) reduces bra size by one cup. However, this is usually not the result of volume loss. When excess skin and sagging breast tissue are removed or repositioned, cup sizes are naturally reduced. For many women, this is a good thing.

What is the best age to get a breast lift? ›

There is a good chance that you will be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you are between the age of 18 and 25, have fully developed breasts, and are concerned about breast elongation or downward-pointing nipples.

How painful is it to get a breast lift? ›

While discomfort or pain after surgery is to be expected, women usually mention that breast reduction or breast lift surgery is a lot less painful than what they expected. Generally people comment that it's more 'discomfort or pain limited to the incisions', rather than pain within the breasts or over the chest.

What are the disadvantages of a breast lift? ›

What are the risks of breast lift surgery?
  • Anesthesia risks.
  • Bleeding or hematoma formation.
  • Breast asymmetry.
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities.
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent.
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications.

Will breast sag again after lift? ›

Remember that a breast lift does not slow the aging process. Eventually, the breasts will drop years after a breast lift simply because the aging process has continued.

DO breasts sag after a lift? ›

Breast lift surgery is an excellent way to raise the breasts to create a more youthful silhouette. However, like any other surgery, its results don't last forever. Skin continues to stretch as we age, and breasts gradually begin to sag.

How long is bed rest after breast lift? ›

Simply put, sleeping on your back keeps your breasts in an optimal position for healing. We therefore recommend you keep this position for eight to 12 weeks post-surgery. Some online sources suggest four to six weeks are enough, but you will continue healing beyond this short window of time.

How do breasts look after a lift? ›

After breast lift surgery, your breasts will look generally more youthful, attractive and perky. Over time, the appearance of your breasts change as gravity, pregnancy, weight fluctuations and aging take place.

How much breast tissue is lost with a breast lift? ›

Breast Lift and Cup Size

Breast lift typically reduces bra size by one full cup. However, in a study featured in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it was suggested that this has less to do with a loss of volume than with a restoration of comfort.

Is a breast lift high risk? ›

The good news is that a breast lift is an extremely safe procedure, with minimal risks.

How long does a breast lift take? ›

A breast lift itself takes approximately 3 1/2 hours and the remainder of the time will be spent administering anesthesia and preparing you to go home.

Are you awake during a breast lift? ›

You will be awake but unable to feel pain. The surgeon will make 1 to 3 surgical cuts (incision) in your breast. Extra skin, and sometimes some breast tissue, will be removed and your nipple and areola may be moved. Sometimes, women have breast augmentation (enlargement with implants) when they have a breast lift.

Do you have to be put to sleep for a breast lift? ›

SURGEON PROFILE

You don't need to have general anesthesia. But, you need to find a plastic surgeon who is comfortable doing it this way. Please look at the "Find a Surgeon" link for your area and call a few of the offices. Ask if the board-certified ASPS member can perform a breast lift under local with sedation.

What happens to nipples after breast lift? ›

In almost all cases, any change in nipple sensation is only temporary and will usually resolve within 6 to 8 weeks following the breast lift procedure. The reason nipple sensation may be affected is because the nerve supply to the nipple can be disrupted during the operation.

Do breast lifts feel natural? ›

Silicone and saline implants each feel differently. Neither substance is going to feel 100% natural under any conditions. However, each has its particular benefits and drawbacks. Silicone tends to feel more like flesh.

Why do breast lifts cost more? ›

One reason a breast lift can be more costly than breast implants is because of the relative complexity of a breast lift. Because breast lifts involve more time and skill from a surgeon to remove tissue and lift breasts into a higher position, breast lift surgery typically costs a little more than breast implants.

When can I go braless after breast lift? ›

It is essential for easy and quicker recovery after breast lift and augmentation for the breasts not to move and promote good healing. Most patients can go braless after about six weeks, but it should be on special occasions and not daily to maintain optimal results.

What kind of bra do you wear after a breast lift? ›

After your breast surgery, we recommend using a strong supportive cotton front closure bra without an underwire. This is recommended after breast augmentation, breast reduction surgery, breast revision, and breast lift surgeries.

How do you lift saggy breasts naturally? ›

Natural Remedies for Sagging Breasts
  1. Posture: Poor posture causes breasts to hang by their own weight, placing tension and pressure on breast tissue which results in sagging. ...
  2. Exercise: Not only can chest exercises like pushups, bench presses, arm curls, and swimming improve muscle strength, they improve posture as well.

Should I wear a tight bra after a breast lift? ›

It should not be too tight. Wearing too-tight compression garments cause more harm than good. Wearing too tight compressive bras can jeopardize blood supply to your breasts, thus interfering with your breast recovery process following the surgery.

Is a breast lift major surgery? ›

Breast lifts are considered minor surgeries, not major ones, but they still require downtime. After your surgery, your breasts will feel tender and sore, and you will need bed rest to recover.

Does a breast lift make you look bigger? ›

It's essential to keep in mind that, unlike breast augmentation, a breast lift won't increase the size of your breasts. In fact, after your operation, you may notice that your breasts appear smaller than they had before surgery due to the removal of excess skin.

How long after breast lift can I walk? ›

How soon can I work out after a breast lift surgery? You can return to your exercise routine six to eight weeks after the surgery. You can begin light walking a few days after the surgery.

When can I walk after breast lift? ›

Breast lift patients should plan on waiting at least six weeks, or until cleared by their plastic surgeon, before doing more strenuous exercise or upper body strength training.

Does a breast lift make you look bigger? ›

It's essential to keep in mind that, unlike breast augmentation, a breast lift won't increase the size of your breasts. In fact, after your operation, you may notice that your breasts appear smaller than they had before surgery due to the removal of excess skin.

What is the average recovery time for a breast lift? ›

In total, it takes most patients approximately 6 weeks to recover from their breast lift surgery. During this time, it is important to follow Dr. Michael Chiaramonte's post-operative instructions to ensure that there are no complications with healing.

What do breast look like immediately after breast lift? ›

Immediately after surgery your breasts will be swollen, quite high on your chest, and cone-shaped. The nipples may also appear to be too low. In the first three months the shape changes significantly.

What will my breasts look like after a lift? ›

After breast lift alone, the breasts typically retain a natural teardrop shape, with more fullness on the bottom. If a patient desires to add fullness to the top of the breast or to create a rounder shape, implants are required.

How do breasts look after a lift? ›

After breast lift surgery, your breasts will look generally more youthful, attractive and perky. Over time, the appearance of your breasts change as gravity, pregnancy, weight fluctuations and aging take place.

Will breasts sag again after lift? ›

Unfortunately, the skin may continue to stretch and the breast may continue to sag beyond this desired endpoint. However, it will not return to the position and shape that it started from before surgery. Tightening the breast skin forces the tissue into a smaller volume.

DO breasts sag after a lift? ›

Breast lift surgery is an excellent way to raise the breasts to create a more youthful silhouette. However, like any other surgery, its results don't last forever. Skin continues to stretch as we age, and breasts gradually begin to sag.

How many hours does breast lift surgery take? ›

A breast lift itself takes approximately 3 1/2 hours and the remainder of the time will be spent administering anesthesia and preparing you to go home.

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