The Financial Realities of Breast Augmentation
Factors Impacting the Cost
Breast augmentation costs may vary from one practice to another, and in some cases, the cost may differ even at the same practice for two different patients. Several factors may be involved in determining the cost.
The cost of breast augmentation can be impacted by where the practice is located. The cost of living index between two regions can differ, which will influence the average cost of most products and services, including cosmetic surgery services. Therefore, the cost of breast augmentation in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and nearby areas may not be the same as the cost in, say, Newport Beach, CA.
Fee Charged by the Surgeon
The fee charged by a plastic surgeon may be a factor of their education, experience and recognition in the field of breast surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a patient should opt for the best surgeon for their needs, and such a decision should not primarily be governed by the fee charged by a surgeon.
Surgery Room and Anesthesia Expenses
A major aesthetics procedure, breast augmentation surgery may be performed using general anesthesia. The fee of the anesthesia team will depend on their skills and experience. The kind of technologies, experienced staff and personalized care and service are provided at a surgical facility will also determine the costs of the facility.
Cost of Implants
Breast augmentation procedure will involve the cost of breast implants. This cost will vary depending on the type of implants chosen for a particular patient. Silicone implants are typically more costly compared to the traditional saline implants. Some of the new highly cohesive silicone implant qualities may cost significantly more than saline implants. The cost may also be impacted by the size, shape, profile, and texture of implants chosen by a particular patient.
Average Cost of Procedure
The national average cost of breast augmentation in the US, according to the figures compiled by the ASPS for 2013, was $3,678. But this cost does not cover the costs of anesthesia, surgical facility costs, and other related expenses. The ASPS says that the cost will differ from one practice to another due to various factors involved.
At a reputed practice, the total cost of breast augmentation could range between $7,500 and $12,000. If the procedure is performed for aesthetic reasons, the cost will not be covered by health insurance. However, patients may explore a variety of financing options to make payments in convenient monthly installments.