Breast Lift

                Frequently Asked Questions

A BREAST LIFT, or MASTOPEXY, helps raise and reshape sagging breasts for a firmer, shapelier look. Breast implants are often used with a breast lift to help add volume to the breasts. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia at the Auburn Surgery Center. During the consultation Dr. Tobin will: explain the surgery, options and possible risks and complications; have you look through a photo book; try on “sizer" implants if implants are to be used; and, take before photos for your medical record. We recommend you bring a list of any questions or concerns to your consultation.

What is a breast lift?
Breast lift, technically called mastopexy, is surgery to uplift and improve the shape of a female breast that sags or is pendulous, but is proportionate with the body frame, has lost firmness and skin elasticity, has a flatter, elongated shape when unsupported, the nipple falls below the breast crease, has a nipple and areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) that point downward, and/or has stretched skin and an enlarged areola. While a breast lift does not generally affect breast function, women who are planning future pregnancies should discuss this during the consultation. The changes that occur in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. Likewise, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed. There are many variations to the procedure, however, Dr. Tobin uses a pattern with three incisions which would be around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease. Through these incisions, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height. If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by excising skin at the perimeter. Excess breast skin is removed to compensate or a loss of elasticity.

How much does a breast lift cost?*
Our breast lifts start at $5,810 without implants and include:  Surgeon's Fees, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op office visits. 

Breast lifts with implants start at $7,530 for saline implants, $8,160 for silicone/gel implants, and $9,000 for MemoryShape implants.  This includes Surgeon's Fees, Breast Implants, Garment Fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op office visits. 

Is there a consultation fee?
Yes, the consultation fee is $100 and is due at the time your appointment is scheduled—we can accept payment by phone with a credit card.  Should you need to cancel your consult, we can refund your $100 if you give a 24-hour cancellation notice.  If you have surgery within 30 days of your consultation, the $100 will be applied to the cost of your surgery.

Who are the best candidates for a breast lift?
Women who are over the age of 18, do not smoke and have sagging breasts from weight loss, breast feeding, or reduced skin elasticity due to age.

What is the recovery period for breast lifts?
The recovery time varies for each woman. However, many women return to nonstrenuous work within 1-2 weeks. You will be unable to swim, use hot tubs, or take tub baths for 2-3 weeks or until sutures are removed. You will not be able to lift anything heavier than 3-5 pounds for the first week after surgery and then nothing heavier than 15 pounds for two more weeks. Other individual restrictions and recovery expectations will be discussed during your consultation.

What kind of scars can I expect with a breast lift?
An incision is made along the crease underneath the breast and around the areola (nipple). Then, a vertical incision is made at the bottom of the areola down to the incision in the crease. Scars are permanent but will gradually fade over time. However, the final appearance of the scars is determined by your body’s own wound healing capabilities.

Does the surgery have to be paid for up front or do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, all cosmetic surgeries must be paid for in full 7 days BEFORE surgery.  For your convenience, we offer two wonderful financing options.  Applying is quick and easy and can be done online or by phone:

Option 1) Prosper Healthcare Lending  - you may access online or call 1-800-625-7412 ext. 2 

Option 2) Care Credit - you may access online or call 1-800-677-0718  

Will my insurance cover a breast lift?
No, we do not accept insurance for breast lifts or any cosmetic surgeries.

*Prices are subject to change. Patients are given an exact surgical cost at their consultation.


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General Information

Varies for each patient.

Without Implants: 
Starting at $5,810*
This includes Surgeon's Fees, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op visits. 

With Implants:
Starting at $7,530*
This includes Surgeon's Fees, Breast Implants, Garment Fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op visits. 

No, insurance not accepted for this procedure.

Non-Strenuous Work in 7-14 days (details left)

$100 (see conditions left)

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