Breast Implants Cost
According to the 2008 statistics provided by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the national average cost of breast augmentation was $3,348. However, it is important to take note that this price only accounts for the physician/surgeon’s fees.
Some of the additional average costs associated with breast augmentation are:
• Surgical facility fees, which may range from $800 to $1,200
• Anesthesia fees, which may go from $600 to $800
• The implants which typically cost from $1, 000 to $1,300, depending on implant material (silicone gel is more expensive than saline)
• The location/region
• With these additional financial considerations, the total cost of breast augmentation may fall between $4, 000 to $10,000.
Certain breast enlargement techniques will also modify the total price of the procedure, depending on:
Inframammary incision: near the crease where the breast and chest come together
Periareolar incision: along the outline of the areola – the brown or pink pigmented region surrounding the nipple
Transaxillary incision: in the natural folds of the armpit
TUBA (transumbilical) incision: made within the navel
Subglandular implant placement: under the breast tissue and above the muscles in the chest
Partial submuscular placement: under the breast tissue and partially under the pectoral and other chest muscles
Complete submuscular implant placement: under the pectoral and chest muscles
Another factor to consider: Although breast implants are deemed safe, you may still have to replace them at some point. You should be aware and prepared for the costs that will arise when your breast implants are replaced. Because breast augmentation is typically performed for cosmetic reasons, insurance companies typically do not reimburse patients for surgical fees associated with breast implant replacement or revision. (For mastectomy patients, insurance may apply for breast reconstruction surgery.)
Wondering if you can afford breast implants? You may want to look into patient financing. Many patients utilize loans and payment plans to pay for their procedure(s) of choice - it is a common solution.
To learn more about your options, please visit PlasticSurgery.com's Plastic Surgery Financing page.