If you’re looking to get a breast augmentation, you’re probably wondering how much it will cost and what goes into the cost of breast augmentation surgery. Several factors go into the cost of breast augmentation. The cost of the procedure will differ from one surgeon to another as well as from one location to another. Here are some key factors that influence the cost of breast augmentation:
The Plastic Surgeon’s Experience & Reputation
While plastic surgeons are trained to perform surgery on various parts of the human body, often they will specialize in a specific procedure and become industry leaders. For example, plastic surgeons that specialize in breast surgery and have a high demand for their services will most likely charge more for their expertise. That is not to say that you will not get great results from other plastic surgeons, but those with the most reviews and experience in breast augmentation will generally cost more.
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Cosmetic surgery varies from city to city. You always hear horror stories of patients going overseas to get plastic surgery but end up with poor results and a botched surgery. In turn, they have to spend even more for a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to fix what was done.
Just to give you an idea, the most expensive cities in the US to get breast augmentation are the following:
- Miami, Florida
- Los Angeles or Beverly Hills
- San Francisco
- Austin, Texas
It’s no surprise to see two cities from California on this list as Beverly Hills and LA are considered the mecca of plastic surgery.
Type of Breast Implant
During the patient’s initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will present different implant types that can be used for the procedure. The two most common breast implants are saline implants and silicone implants.
Each one of these has pros and cons, more on that can be learned here. More importantly, there is a significant cost difference between the two types of implants. Saline implants cost less than silicone; however, silicone implants are the desired choice for the majority of women due to their natural look and feel qualities.
The surgical facility in which the procedure is conducted also varies from surgeon to surgeon. Some plastic surgeons can perform surgeries directly at their practice while others are done at local hospitals and surgery centers. These both have different cost structures and can make a difference in how much you will have to pay for your breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia, thus an anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia before the surgery. This of course will be factored into the cost of surgery.
The surgical technique that is used for your breast augmentation is also another factor in the cost of the breast augmentation procedure. For example, will your breast augmentation also be combined with a breast lift? Also, the patient has to decide the insertion point of the implants, different insertion and placement locations will have different techniques and costs.
It’s essential to have a thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific needs and goals for breast augmentation. During this consultation, they will provide a detailed breakdown of the costs involved and help you understand the factors influencing the final price. Keep in mind that choosing a surgeon solely based on cost is not advisable; prioritizing experience, credentials, and patient safety is crucial when considering any surgical procedure.
Dr. Tim Neavin is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Beverly Hills, California.