Is it Worth it to Have a Breast Lift?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have elective surgery is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having a breast lift. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Breast Lift: the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective surgery with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the surgeon who will perform your surgery if you decide to proceed.
Any surgery has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. There is a chance of infection, which may require antibiotics and may also lead to a less aesthetically-pleasing result. There is also a chance of excessive bleeding during the surgery, which occasionally requires a blood transfusion. Some women react badly to anesthesia. There is a small risk of death due to any surgery. Although it’s important to be informed, these risks are small in most healthy people; talk with your surgeon to determine your personal risk.
There is also the risk that you won’t be happy with your breast lift result. The surgeon may remove too much or not enough skin, and may tighten the remaining skin of your breasts too much or not enough. You can reduce this risk by choosing a surgeon who listens to you carefully and tries to understand your goals. Additionally, your breast lift may not last forever. As you continue to age, the skin of your breasts may wrinkle and sag again. You will likely still have less sagging in your breasts than if you hadn’t had the procedure, but you won’t necessarily always look exactly the way that you did right after your breast lift. Additionally, if you gain a significant amount of weight and then lose it again, excess skin will appear on your breasts again. It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain your breast lift result. Your incisions may not heal well, leading to scars which aren’t aesthetically pleasing.
Some women experience changes in sensation in the breasts and/or nipples after breast implant surgery. This could include numbness or pain. It may not fully resolve after you heal from your surgery.
As breasts change over time, due to aging, pregnancy, weight changes, and other factors, women often experience a decrease in self-esteem and body image. A breast lift can restore the woman’s confidence by bringing a youthful appearance back to her breasts. It may also reduce irritation of the skin in the breast crease, as sagging breasts may rub against the skin of the chest and trap moisture there.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for a breast lift in 2013 was $4,207. This varies between surgeons and in different regions, so check with the surgeon you’re considering to find out the exact price. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. For more detail, please see our Breast Lift Costs page.