My insurance will cover my breast reduction but how much extra will a lift cost?

My insurance company will cover my breast lift due to it medically being necessary due to severe back and neck pains but I would like a lift also. I am willing to pay for it just wondering how much oukd I have to come out of pocket for the lift.

Doctor Answers 14

Lipo-lift, breast lift, breast reduction, mastopexy, benelli, augmentation mastopexy

I appreciate your question.

I perform a liposuction breast lift that removes tissue from the areas you don't want such as near the armpit and the lower portion hanging near your stomach. Once I use this to shape the breast I then remove the skin to tighten the breast and create a better shape with nice cleavage. Since I perform this less invasively the recovery time is faster. The size would depend on the proportion with your body versus going for a cup size. It works very well if there are asymmetries. I can also use the removed fat as a natural breast augmentation by grafting the fat back into the breast to create more projection or into the top to create more cleavage. This procedure can also be combined with an implant if needed or wanted.  It should not affect nipple sensation, mammograms, cancer risk or breast-feeding. If you gain or lose weight, the transferred fat can do the same. 

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.  Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery.  

Best of luck!    

Dr. Schwartz 

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

If a surgeon charges you for a lift when having an insruance covered reduction

your surgeon is ethically challenged as the reduction includes a lift, plain and simple.  Your surgeon should show you what the reduction will do and you can look at photos on-line and see that all reductions result in nipples lifted.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Insurance and BR

Unfortunately, each insurance company has their own criteria. Large breasts (macromastia) or breast hypertrophy can occur in a variety of conditions (family trait, post pregnancy, excessive adolescent growth). In general when the excessive breast size causes functional problems, insurance will generally pay for the operation if more than 400 – 500 grams are removed from each breast dependent on your individual insurance company requirements. These problems may include neck pain, back or shoulder pain, hygiene difficulty, and breast pain. Other problems which are less likely to be covered by insurance include skin irritation, skeletal deformity, breathing problems, psychological/emotional problems, and interference with normal daily activities. Pre-authorization by the insurance company is required prior to surgery, and the process takes approximately one month. Each insurance policy has different guidelines and exclusions.
This procedure is commonly covered by insurance through insurance criteria are becoming more and more restrictive.

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

Generally, no additional Breast "Lift" needed at the time of a Breast Reduction surgery

Thank you for your question. Congratulations on getting your Breast Reduction surgery covered by your health insurance plan. The surgery itself should result in smaller, perkier, more symmetrical, and "lifted" breasts - so generally speaking, there should be no additional cosmetic procedure needed. For further questions, please be sure to check with your board-certified plastic surgeon. . 

Susan D. Vasko, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Breast reduction vs lift

A breast lift is included in the breast reduction procedure.  This is part of it.  Liposuction of the side and closing beautifully with dissolvable sutures is what plastic surgeons do best.  Best to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Andrew T. Cohen, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Breast reduction surgery includes a lift

Breast reduction surgery typically employs breast lift techniques in order to optimize breast shaping and remove sufficient breast tissue.

Scott C. Sattler, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

My insurance will cover my breast reduction but how much extra will a lift cost?

Always double check with the surgeon of your choice, but a breast lift is generally always included in the cost of a breast reduction. 

Lawrence Bundrick, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Breast Reduction, lift is included

A typical breast reduction includes a breast lift.  No extra fees, no extra recovery. Its a twofer. Go for it.  Good luck, Jane

Jane M. Rowley, MD
Lubbock Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

My insurance will cover my breast reduction but how much extra will a lift cost?

You can relax, a lift is an integral part of a reduction, not a separate procedure, and is included in the fees Your only resposibiity will be your deductible.  

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Breas reduction

If insurance covers your breast reduction, often a lift is done as part of the procedure so that shouldn't be extra.

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

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