The best way to find out the cost of breast augmentation is to reach out to a plastic surgeon that specializes in the procedure. However, there’s a good chance that you find that it’s too big of a commitment and this is a commitment that you don’t want to take just yet. You’re probably at a point wherein you’re still considering whether to get implants or not, and the cost is one of the things that you’re considering.
If this is the case, this guide will help you determine how much you’re expected to pay. Please note that this will just give you a ballpark figure on how much you’re expected to pay.
Where are You Located?
This is one of the main factors that determine the cost. Generally speaking, it depends on the demand for the procedure. In areas with low demands like Lafayette, Louisiana, the average cost of implants is $3,500. If you’re in Los Angeles, California or a similar area where there’s a huge demand for implants, expect to pay something closer to $10,000.
Are you Getting Saline or Silicone Implants?
Silicone implants are more expensive and for good reason. This is because they look and feel more realistic. The cost is not that far apart. Back in 2011, the surgeon’s fee for silicone implants was $3,694, while it was $3,308 for saline implants. It’s just more or less a $300 difference, so really consider going for silicone ones unless you really feel that saving on $300 is significant.
The Surgeon’s Fee
This is basically what you’ll be paying for – the expertise of the plastic surgeon. After all, implants will just be implants if not for the surgeon’s expertise in injecting them in your breasts.
You may want to do research on the surgeon that you’re eyeing. How long has he or she been in business? How popular is this surgeon? One good way to check is to call ahead and ask when the next opening is. If there’s a long line, there’s a good chance that the surgeon is a very popular one and will demand a very high fee.
Other Related Expenses
The cost of breast augmentation greatly varies because of related expenses. In addition to the surgeon’s fee, the cost of the implants and the location of the clinic, the quote will be dependent on the following as well:
- The fee of the anesthesiologist
Just like the surgeon, the anesthesiologist is also a professional. Hence, he or she requires a professional fee. This will also include the cost of the anesthesia.
- The facility itself
Is it going to be done in a clinic or in a hospital? Obviously, how much the facility requires as payment will depend on the location as well. You may be able to save some money if it’s going to be done in the surgeon’s clinic, especially if it’s going to be an outpatient procedure. On that note, staying overnight at a facility for the procedure will of course drive up the price.
There may be some medication that will be used before, during or after the surgery. This can add to the cost of breast augmentation.
Adding these factors, it can lead you to a price of anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 for the whole procedure.
Consider Breast Augmentation Financing
You’ll be comforted to know that some surgeons offer friendly breast augmentation financing options. In fact, some offer no-interest financing. You won’t know for sure unless you call the surgeon. While this won’t drive the total cost down, the friendlier terms can be appreciated so that you won’t have to spend a lot of money upfront.
Book an Appointment Now
Now that you have a fairly good idea on the cost of breast augmentation, it’s time for you to decide if it’s something that you want and if it’s something that you can afford. If you answered in the affirmative in both questions, it’s time for you to know a more specific quote and you can only do this by setting up an appointment with a surgeon. The surgeon will take a look at you and will ask a few questions to determine how the process is going to go, and that’s when he or she can give you a rate.