Breast Lift: Scars, Risks and Costs?

Need Help. Cost of Breast Lift? Scars? Risks?

I'm trying to find info about breast lift cost. I'm 19 and My breasts are sagging.About a year ago I was over prescribed to a medication for ADHD. I lost 40 lbs in a month and the medication also caused dermitimania (where you pick at your skin.)

After getting of the medication I gained the weight back and now I'm left with a body I can't even look at. I cry almost everyday and I don't think I can except that this is what I look like at 19. Are there any other options? I work a min wage job.

Doctor Answers 8

Breast Lift Risks and Cost

Thank you for your question. Fortunately, significant complications from breast lifts are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of women undergo successful breast lift surgery, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks. Those patients that do have complications invariably are those that will not stop smoking or have implants and a mastopexy at the same time. As stated above, this combination procedure very often does very well; however, if the implant chosen is too large, problems can occur.

The cost will differ with every patient due to many factor. Having a consultation with a plastic surgeon will help you get a better understanding of the cost. Best of luck!

Dhaval M. Patel 

Double Board Certified 

Plastic Surgeon 

Hoffman Estates 




Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
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Costs and Risks of Breast Lift

A mastopexy or breast lift operation is designed to improve the shape and position of the breast without reducing their size. It is used for breasts which sag or droop (ptosis). Sagging of the breasts may occur with normal development for some women, or as part of the aging process, or weight loss in your case. 

All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Any breast operation can result in changes in sensation, and there is also the potential for recurring stretching or sagging. This happens less with lifts than reductions but is still possible. Occasionally, minor complications occur and do not affect the surgical outcome. Major complications associated with this procedure are rare. The suitability of the breast lift procedure and specific risks may be determined during you consultation.

The best determination of cost will depend on several factors: the geographic location, the skill and experience of the surgeon, and operating room and anesthesia fees. Approximate costs can be found on the Real Self website,, or You can contact various local surgeons for quotes based on the lift you desire and compare the best cost for your budget and achieving proper results.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

Cost of Breast Lift Varies

The #CostOfBreastLift varies widely.The cost is based on many factors: where surgery performed, length, type of anesthesia, type of lift, if an implant is needed, geographical issues and experience of the surgeon. See the following links to learn more about this procedure.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Cost of breast lift after weight loss

t is geography dependent. In Florida it runs $6000-8000. More important than price is safety and experience. Also, as an aside, breast lift, has never been a covered procedure with any insurance carrier unless it is to match a breast reconstruction for breast cancer.

Raj S. Ambay, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Breast Lift Candidate?

Thank you for the question.

I'm sorry to hear about your concerns regarding the breasts' appearance. Based on your description of weight loss and the effects it has had on your breasts, There are a variety of different ways to improve the position and size of your breasts.  Exactly the procedure that is performed depends on your goals in regards to size, shape, superior pole volume etc.

Breast lifting procedures are associated with scars on the breasts;  exactly where these scars will be located will depend on the patient's physical examination and specific procedure performed. Most patients undergoing this procedure will accept scarring as long as their overall goals in regards to size, shape, contour and symmetry are met. 

In person consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons will be the best place to start.  As you do your “homework” you will learn about the potential risks/complications.  Also consider issues such as timing of the surgery in relation to your life circumstances ( such as relationships and/or pregnancies).

Make sure you do your due diligence and see lots of examples of the plastic surgeons'  work.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,498 reviews

Breast lift?

It is difficult to tell what you would need without seeing photos.  If you need a breast lift for sagging, then you are trading sagging breasts for breasts of better contour but with some scars that usually do well in most patients.  If your "sagging" is really deflation without excessive overhang or a low nipple position, it is possible that a breast implant woulf fill out the breast, correct the deflation, and result in fewer scars.  However, if the breast has a low nipple position or excessive overhang, using implants without doing a lift will give you a very bad result.  Go see a board-certified plastic surgeon to at least find out what your choices are and what is involved.

Robert M. Grenley, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

Breast Lift

I would suggest that you schedule a consultation and examination with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns. Upon examination, a well trained surgeon will be able to recommend the treatment options that will best address your concerns. Fees are based on the exact nature of the procedure and can be quoted once you have spoken to the surgeon.  Best of luck!

Christine Sullivan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Breasts Lifts Trade Off Sagging For Scars

Whether a breast lift is appropriate for you or not (are the scars worth it) would depend on what your breasts look like and how much ptosis you actually have. Without pictures, it is not possible to make any comment about whether this type of breast plastic surgery is for you. Since one is trading off one problem for another (sagging for scars) and you are so young, you need to think this through carefully. But the first place to start is what your breasts look like. Please provide pictures or consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

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