There are a number of options for breast lifts depending on personal preference as well as the contour of the individual’s breasts. The goal for choosing one option vs another is that the look is pleasing and the scarring is minimized. Some breast lift alternatives include:
- Anchor Lift – Most invasive type used for extreme sagging.
- Lollipop Lift – Mostly used for moderate sagging with women choosing NOT to get implants.
- Donut/Benelli/Periareolar Lift – For mild to moderate sagging with women who are choosing implants as part of the package.
- Crescent Lift – Used for a very mild amount of sagging
Most women who choose to get implants are interested in increasing their cup size but want minimal scarring, which is why the Benilli Lift is fairly popular. However, each type of surgery has downfalls, and a periareolar mastopexy is no different. It can only be used with a mild amount of breast droop or pstosis and can cause breast and areola flattening.
The follow post discusses this technique:
New Trends in Reduction and Mastopexy: Simultaneous Breast Augmentation with Periareolar Mastopexy
Augmentation mammaplasty is frequently used to fill out the soft tissue envelope of the breast. This is most successful with minimal skin laxity or when there is no need for significant nipple movement. The addition of a periareolar mastopexy can reduce the skin envelope; however, its value is limited to those with no more than mild second-degree ptosis. Although this is a valuable technique, the risks involved with the operation are additive, and, accordingly, patient selection and surgical technique is important.
As explained earlier, one apprehension for many women is the scarring that comes with any surgery. It can feel like a step backwards for an individual trying to improve their appearance. With developments in techniques, mastopexy scars are becoming less obvious, partially due to their discreet placement around the areolar skin.
There is a procedure known as an invisible scar breast lift which uses carefully placed incisions, as seen in the following video:
For many, the decision to have a mastopexy or not may be the cost. It is rarely covered by insurance unless it is a reconstruction due to breast cancer. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost for 2016 was over $4,600.
This amount will vary from location to location and depending on the doctor’s experience, as noted in the next post:
Breast lift cost | American Society of Plastic Surgeons
The average cost of a breast lift is $4,636, according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Breast lift surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.
A surgeon’s fee will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, and the geographic office location.
Most health insurance plans will not cover breast lift surgery, its related complications or another surgery to revise the appearance of your breasts, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.
Read more here: Breast lift cost | American Society of Plastic Surgeons
With any surgery, there are costs that drive up the price. Factors such as the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, prescribed medications, and facility costs are part of the bundle. Also, because it is elective surgery, it seems to be considered a luxury and therefore the price is set accordingly.
No matter what, be sure you find a surgeon that you are comfortable with. They should have your best interests in mind and will consult with you, listening to your concerns and providing professional advice. The cost should be secondary to their being board certified and reputable.