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Breast Enlargement Surgery Costs

Posted Jan 22 2013 5:08am

Most women who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts choose to have breast augmentation surgery to improve size and contour. Cost is an important factor while considering any type of cosmetic plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is quite expensive and not covered by health insurance. Breast enlargement surgery costs depend upon certain important factors.

Factors that Influence Costs

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in 2011, the national average for physician/surgeon fees alone for a breast augmentation with silicone gel implants is $3,694 and with saline implants is $3,308. To get the average total cost, you have to add other costs too such as additional fees for the surgical facility, anesthesia, medical tests, prescriptions, surgical garments, or other miscellaneous costs related to surgery. Breast augmentation surgery held in an established plastic surgery center may cost you around $10,000 or more. Here is a look at the various factors influencing cosmetic breast surgery costs.

  • Type of surgery chosen: Various breast augmentation methods are available. Costs differ for breast enhancement using implants and via fat transfer as this procedure also involves liposuction. Silicone implants are more expensive than saline implants. Costs may also vary depending on the implant size and shape. Always choose quality FDA-approved implants for better results.

  • Choice of plastic surgeon: The surgeon’s skill and training influence cost. Make sure that the physician of your choice has relevant experience in performing breast surgeries and is trained in using the latest technologies and procedures.

  • Geographical area: Cost is higher in cities where there is a greater demand for cosmetic surgery procedures and the cost of living is higher.

  • Surgical facility: Costs also differ depending on where the surgery is held. Plastic surgery held in the surgical suite of a physician’s office usually costs less than if done in a hospital as it would involve minimally invasive procedures and is performed on an outpatient basis.

  • Duration: How long does the surgery take is also a factor that affects the cost. Breast surgeries that require incisions and stitches may take a longer time than a minimally invasive one.

  • Anesthesia: Choice of anesthesia impacts the surgery costs. For major surgeries physicians choose general anesthesia (patients sleep) which is expensive than local anesthesia (patients stay awake).

Other Factors influencing Cosmetic Breast Surgery Cost

Apart from these factors, other cost factors are

  • Facility fees
  • Post-surgical garments
  • Post-surgery medications
  • Medical tests

A reliable plastic surgery practice would not have any hidden fees. To help patients with cost, reputable surgical practices also offer financing options for cosmetic surgery. The expense of follow up surgery can be reduced by following your recovery instructions properly.

Make sure to discuss the costs of your breast enlargement surgery with your plastic surgeon at the initial consultation. However, remember that though cost is a major consideration, your safety and the outcome are more important and should never be compromised.

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