Rebate for breast lift?

Q & A’sRebate for breast lift?
AvatarAnonymous asked 6 years ago

I breastfed both my children well past their first year. They are now 6 and 2. It has left my breasts saggy and full of nothing! I can’t stand my husband to see me and it is affecting our marriage. Would I at least get something for a lift?

4 Answers
Dr Damian MarucciDr Damian Marucci Contributor answered 6 years ago

Everyone always seems to ask “is this covered by medicare” and for most breast surgery (outside of major asymmetry or breast reconstruction), the answer is “no”.

Dr Damian Marucci

Dr Damian Marucci is a highly trained plastic surgeon. He specialises in major reconstructive surgery after breast cancer, skin cancer, and head and neck cancer, as well as facial and lower limb reconstruction after trauma. Additionally, he performs a number of cosmetic surgeries to enhance people’s appearance. Dr Marucci is known for his patient care and attention to detail, and is well-respected for his life-changing work with the charity Interplast.

Dr Patrick BriggsDr Patrick Briggs Contributor answered 6 years ago

A registered plastic and cosmetic surgeon, need to assess your situation as each patient’s circumstances is different and in your case you might not require a breast lift but a breast augmentation.   Recommendations can be made by your surgeon.

Dr Patrick Briggs

Dr Patrick Briggs is an internationally trained Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon based in Perth, Western Australia.

Dr Naveen SomiaDr Naveen Somia Contributor answered 6 years ago

If you are in a Health Fund, you can have a Breast Reduction (that involves a lift) provided you have medical symptoms. If  you need a lift with an Implant, it becomes harder to obtain cover. Medibank Private and Bupa are scrutinising every single Plastic Surgery operation request. The other funds don’t.

Dr Gavin SandercoeDr Gavin Sandercoe Contributor answered 6 years ago

Medicare rules for breast or nipple lift state that your nipple must be below the level of the inframammary fold (the join between your breast and your chest wall) as evidenced on a quarter and full lateral view, and that you must be between 1 and 7 years since the birth of your last child. I suggest that you get a GP referral and see a local Specialist Plastic Surgeon and they can assess you, take the appropriate clinical photographs and then inform you whether Medicare is likely to contribute to any of the costs of your procedure. Should Medicare agree that your clinical photos warrant a breast lift, private health insurance (ensure that item number 45558 is covered) should save you money in the long run.

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