Mastopexy, or Breast Lift, is the surgical procedure to lift sagging breasts to improve the contour and appearance by removing excess skin. Women’s breasts often change causing a loss of skin elasticity or breast volume as a result of various reasons such as weight loss, pregnancy, heredity, gravity, breast feeding, and/or age.
Life changing factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and gravity can show their effects on a woman's breasts. As breast skin loses elasticity, they can lose their shape and firmness. Breast lift is a surgical procedure to lift and reshape sagging breasts. No surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity anywhere on the body. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin of the nipple. If your breasts are small yet droopy, breast implants are often inserted in conjunction with mastopexy to restore firmness and size.
There are three different types of breast lifts depending on which is right for you to achieve your cosmetic goals. Breast lift is often accompanied with a breast augmentation to help restore shape and volume. An entire breast size is often reduced as a result of a breast lift without the placement of an implant.
Avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications two weeks prior to your scheduled surgery date.
Get medical clearance from your primary medical doctor.
Stop smoking at least one month prior to your scheduled surgery date.
Arrange for childcare for the first few days following your surgery. Dr. Howard may recommend you not lift your children for up to 2 weeks following surgery.
Breast lift is a cosmetic procedure and not covered by health insurance. Breast reduction may be covered by some health plans, but must be pre-approved by the insurance company prior to surgery. Please refer to your health insurance policy for more information.
No health insurance plan will cover the costs to remove breast implants that were placed for cosmetic reasons. Breast implant removal and breast lift are both cosmetic procedures and not covered by health insurance. Unfortunately, breast lift with implant removal is not considered "breast reduction" because the weight removed is not all natural breast tissue weight. The amount of breast tissue removed from the surgical procedure must weigh a minimum amount and verified by a third-party pathology company to meet health insurance critieria for coverage. This would be the case only after a pre-authorization process clears the patient for surgery. Please refer to your health insurance policy for specific information regarding your specific coverage. The CPT Code for Breast Lift (Mastopexy) is 19316. The CPT code for breast reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) is 19318. The CPT code for breast implant removal (Removal of intact mammary implant) is 19328.