I have always had sagging of the breast but they are now severe. Will Medicare cover breast lift?

Will Medicare cover breast lift ?

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I have always had sagging of the breast but they are now severe. Will Medicare cover breast lift?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. The breasts may lose their elasticity and firmness which can be caused by different factors such as pregnancy, massive weight loss, lactation and aging. To reaffirm the breasts and restore the natural look your surgeon can perform a mastopexy or breast lift. A breast lift restores a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts. This not only can improve a patient’s appearance by restoring her youthful, feminine proportions, but  also help bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively. By removing excess, stretched out skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising the nipple & areola into a more forward position, a cosmetic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast, Actually the perkiness on a person or another, depends on patients skin and breast tissue!

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 418 reviews

Not usually covered

It is rare for insurance to cover the cost of a breast lift unless you can prove it is medically necessary (with the assistance of your doctor or plastic surgeon).

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Breast lift

Medicare does not cover cosmetic procedures.  A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure.  Best of luck........

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Insurance breast lift

The only time medicare would consider covering a breast lift is if it is in conjunction with a breast reconstructive procedure, such as a mastectomy and reconstruction on the opposite side. This is really considered a cosmetic procedure unless there is a medical illness (breast cancer or similar) associated with the procedure.Happy hunting,

C. Coleman Brown, MD, FACS
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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