One of the most worrisome aspects of breast lift surgery for most patients is the potential for noticeable scarring. As a procedure designed to improve the aesthetic look of your body, a poorly performed procedure can end up leaving noticeable marks, typically under the breast. Fortunately, advancements in technology during and after the procedure have reduced the risk greatly in terms of the creation of scarring that’s noticeable.
The surgical technique used during your breast lift procedure will also influence the appearance of your scars. Your surgeon will explain the typical scarring associated with each technique, including the standard (anchor) breast lift surgery, doughnut mastopexy, and laser bra lift techniques; together, you can determine which is appropriate for you.
When skin is damaged, the body repairs it by creating new collagen fibers, which gives the healing area a different look and texture: a scar. The “mended” skin will be less flexible than the skin around it, and it may have no hair follicles. The scarred skin might be a different color than surrounding skin and the color will change as healing progresses. This is completely natural.
In addition, surgical scars typically heal much more cleanly than accidental trauma and often form a thin, almost imperceptible line. For many of my patients, when the scar is fully mature after one year, it is difficult to see that vertical scar, but scar healing does vary by individual. An important aspect of my surgical patient care is a comprehensive scar care regimen to help optimize your ultimate scar.
The anesthesiologist charges a separate fee for their services. Your doctor may use an anesthesiologist or a certified nurse anesthetist. You can either have IV sedation, which means you are heavily sedated but not asleep during the procedure, or general anesthesia. These two options carry different price tags. A nurse anesthetist typically charges a little less than an anesthesiologist. The difference between the two is that an anesthetist typically only has to complete a nursing program, while an anesthesiologist is a licensed medical doctor who went through medical school.
Thank you for your question, which is one frequently heard in consultations about breast lift surgery. The vertical scar is necessary as the lower part of the breast needs to be tightened from side to side. This can only be done by tightening not only the breast tissue of the lower part of the breast, but also tightening the skin of the lower part of the breast. This tightening involves removing extra skin - and hence the vertical scar.
Every BBL surgery will differ, based on the amount of fat that needs to be harvested and transferred to meet your goals. “Often fat is also added to the hips in addition to the buttocks with extensive liposuction of the flanks (love handles) and lower back to achieve a more curvy, hourglass shape,” Marina del Rey, California plastic surgeon Dr. Ziyad Hammoudeh, says in a RealSelf Q&A. “The cost can range widely based on the amount of time needed to complete all of the steps.”
Breast lift scars will be very noticeable for the first few months, often appearing red and lumpy. The scars will continue to fade into thin white lines over the next several months, but will never go away completely. Cortisone cream and silicone sheeting may reduce the appearance of scars. When considering the long-term results of breast lift surgery, many women feel that scars are a fair trade-off for firmer, younger-looking breasts. However, in some cases, abnormal breast lift scars can form, causing undesirable results.
That being said, the regulations per US state, if considering to undergo a BBL there, impose different costs on the surgical facility that needs to be charged to patients. However, in densely populated areas with many plastic surgeons, whose surgical facilities are in particularly close proximity, the operating room charges don't vary that much within these areas. Therefore, if the majority of local operating rooms charge $500/hour and a surgeon is charging half that much, it should raise concerns that something is not being done at the facility; something that might compromise the safety of the procedure.
As cost is always a consideration for patients moving forward, the average comparison pricing for both a non-surgical nose job and surgical rhinoplasty are as follows: The cost for a non-surgical nose job is currently around $1,000 + applicable taxes. This price is subject to change over time, but would give you a ball-park figure to help you in your decision. Rhinoplasty costs are typically around $10,000 plus applicable taxes (again, this is subject to change and is an estimate only). At our facility, the price quoted to patients is all inclusive of all surgeon visits, before and after surgery, the anaesthetic costs and facility costs etc. There are no hidden or mandatory additional fees.
“Most people price liposuction based on the number of areas being treated, and in general the per-area cost will come down with additional areas,” says Dr. Mathew A. Plant, a Toronto plastic surgeon, in a RealSelf Q&A. “Usually, the first area is more expensive because this price includes the costs of the operating room, equipment, and anesthetic. Once you’re into additional areas, those costs have mostly been covered, and you’re simply adding time, which allows a price drop.”