Breast augmentation is one of the more popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US today. Advancements in surgical techniques and FDA approvals for high quality silicone implants have led to a growing number of women seeking this plastic surgery treatment. During the initial consultation for breast augmentation, the cosmetic surgeon will discuss various aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs.
Dr. Suzanne Quardt is an experienced plastic surgeon providing state of the art surgical procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other areas. Dr. Q ensures that patients receive correct information about the potential costs of surgery so that they can make an informed decision, and explore their financial options, if necessary, well before the procedure.
The financial investment of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery may vary between two practices, and even between two patients at the same practice. A number of factors go into determining the overall cost of the procedure. The cost of living index varies from place to place, so the location of the practice can impact the cost of plastic surgery procedures. The fee charged by the cosmetic surgeon may depend on their qualifications, experience and reputation.
The costs of general anesthesia and surgical facility costs may also vary from one place to another. Patients may choose different breast implant qualities. The cost of some of the latest FDA approved highly cohesive silicone implants will be considerably more than that of traditional saline implants. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Q will discuss all cost-related issues during the initial consultation with her patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding areas.
Insurance and Financing Aspect
Breast augmentation is typically performed as an elective surgery for cosmetic reasons. In such cases, the health insurance companies may not provide coverage for the cost of surgery. In a few cases, where the patient needs breast restoration following a mastectomy or breast injury, the cost may be covered by the insurer, depending on the specific health policy of the patient.
In any case, most patients have an option to get the procedure financed by way of a bank loan, loan from a professional medical care financing firm, personal borrowings from friends or family, or credit card extended payments.
Break-up of Costs
Major cost components in a breast augmentation procedure may include the following:
The fee charged by a plastic surgeon may range from $3,000 to $6,000. The exact fee will be based on the length and complexity of a particular case, and the credentials of the surgeon who performs the procedure.
The cost of saline breast implants may range from $1,200 to $1,500, while silicone implants may cost more than $2,000. The cost of highly cohesive silicone implants such as Gummy Bear implants may be in the range of $2,500 to $3,000.
Anesthesia and Surgical Facility Costs
These costs may together range between $3,000 and $4,000, depending on the type of facility and the credentials of the anesthesiologist.
Overall Financial Considerations
Breast augmentation procedure may cost between $8,000 and $15,000 overall, depending on various factors as discussed.