It’s great that there are many different options for breast augmentation, but it does make it more challenging to answer the question, “how much does breast augmentation cost?”
The breast augmentation cost will vary depending on your needs, where you choose to have the surgery performed, the surgeon’s skill level, the type of operation, and the anesthesia used.
According to 2018 statistics form the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost for breast augmentation was just over $3,800USD. The implants themselves range in value: around $1,000 for saline and up to $1,300 for silicone.
Anesthesia will typically range in price from $800 to $1,200, with the rest of the breast augmentation cost going to the surgeon’s fee.
Here are a few of the factors that will affect the price you pay for breast augmentation:
- Type of procedure
- Hospital facility expenses
- Medical tests
- Post-surgery garments
- Medical prescriptions
- Surgeon’s fee
How the Procedure Type Impacts Breast Augmentation Cost
The type of surgery you require will significantly affect the price. Breast augmentation is achieved in many different ways, and some are more straightforward than others.
Different types of anesthesia will be used according to the procedure. Some examples of breast augmentation will require the patient to be under (asleep) for the surgery, while others will only need local anesthesia, which is available at a lower cost.
Hospital Facility Costs
You will be charged for your stay at the hospital, which can vary dramatically. In general, recovery times from breast augmentation are relatively fast, and most women will be returning to work within two or three days, or a week for more involved procedures.
While not the highest cost when compared to others, the recovery process is an integral part of breast augmentation. Support bras worn 24-hours a day will provide the necessary comfort level while helping the breasts retain their shape during the recovery period.
Antibiotics and pain medication are prescribed for breast augmentation patients to reduce the risk of infection and make the recovery period more comfortable. Dressings or bandages may also be required and will need to be regularly changed.
The level of training and experience of a surgeon means that highly skilled surgeons are in greater demand and can command a higher price for their services.
All surgery is dangerous, so the more you can afford to pay your surgeon, the more satisfied you will be with your results. Ensuring you only use a board-certified surgeon is a good start, but by no means guarantees satisfactory results.
However, board certification is only given to surgeons who have undergone the necessary rigorous training and education.
Checking the surgeon’s certification is also critical. Out of more than 150 boards, only a few are recommended by the American Board of Medical Specialties [link to abms.org] (ABMS).
There is no consensus on the life-span of breast implants. The risk of complications increases after 8 to 10 years, and follow up procedures may be necessary.
Factor this potential future expense into your research when considering how much breast augmentation will cost.
Here at HayatMed, we provide you with all fully inclusive fee package. This package includes all the services associated with the surgery, such as hospital charges, surgeons and anesthetist’s fees, and aftercare policy.
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