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  • Breast surgeries performed by an experienced plastic surgeon generally fit into three different categories, augmentations, lifts, and reductions
  • Breast augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure when an incision is made, and an implant is placed in the breast or breasts.  
  • Breast lifts are a procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to remove excess skin, reshape and give the breasts a firmer and fuller look.
  • Breast augmentation, lifts, and reductions each offer distinct results, depending on the patient’s desired outcome

Breast surgeries performed by an experienced plastic surgeon generally fit into three different categories, augmentations, lifts, and reductions.  Depending on the condition of a person’s breasts and the results desired will depend on which surgery is best for you.

A closer look at Augmentations (AKA Mammoplasty, Breast Enlargement, Breast Implants)

Breast augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure when an incision is made, and an implant is placed in the breast or breasts. 

How much does breast augmentation cost?

Cosmetic breast augmentation will usually not be covered by insurance. Reconstructive breast augmentation as a result of cancer, however, could be covered.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2018 statistics, the average cost is $3,824, which does not always cover anesthesia, operating room costs, medical tests, prescriptions, or the surgeon’s fee.

A closer look at Lifts (AKA mastopexy)

As we get older, our breasts can sag, become elongated, or become asymmetrical; one breast sits lower than the other one.  After weight loss or childbirth, the breasts can lose their shape or volume. It is these types of issues that would warrant a breast lift.

Breast lifts are a procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to remove excess skin, reshape and give the breasts a firmer and fuller look.  Because a lift alone cannot change the size of breasts, if this is what you want, then it would be best to consider combining a breast lift with a breast reduction surgery for the results you desire.

How much do breast lifts cost?

Most health insurance companies do not cover lifts because it they are deemed to be cosmetic

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2018 statistics, the average cost of a breast lift is $4,816, which does not always cover anesthesia, operating room costs, medical tests, prescriptions, or the surgeon’s fee.

A closer look at Reductions (aka Mammaplasty)

A breast reduction would be best for individuals who feel that their breasts are too large and, in general, would be considered a cosmetic procedure.  A “medically necessary” procedure is defined as one whose goal would be to reduce the symptoms of pain and disability as a result of breasts that are too large. 

Individuals that experience neck, shoulder, and back pain, as well as people that experience functional impairments, are often candidates for breast reduction. There is also a condition that men can have called gynecomastia. This condition is found in men that have a rubbery mass underneath their nipple and sometimes cause fluid discharge and occurs when male estrogen levels are too high compared to testosterone levels.

Breast reductions remove excess fat, glandular tissues, and skin to reduce breast size and weight.  This procedure helps create a more appealing breast shape and breasts that are more proportional to a person’s body.

How much do breast reductions cost?

Most health insurance companies do not cover breast reductions unless it is considered medically necessary due to health issues that can be proven.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2018 statistics, the average cost of breast reduction surgery is $5,680, which does not always cover anesthesia, operating room costs, medical tests, prescriptions, or the surgeon’s fee.

Contact Dr. Sadeghi to find out which procedure might be right for you
Breast augmentation, lifts, and reductions each offer distinct results, depending on the patient’s desired outcome. Just as we are all unique in our breast shapes and sizes, so is the method of addressing any issues with them. To find out which procedure might be right for you, contact Dr. Ali Sadeghi at (504) 322-7435 to schedule a confidential consultation today.

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