How Much Do Breast Implants Cost?
There are two types of breast implants: either saline or silicone breast implants. Saline breast implants are silicone shells with sterile saline water, while silicone implants are filled with silicone plastic gel.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of breast implants depends on the geographical location, the type of breast implant (whether silicone or saline), the experience of the cosmetic surgeon who is performing the procedure, the facility and what’s included in the bill.
- The total cost for breast augmentation with implants ranges between $5,000 to $17,000. On average, the plastic surgeon fee for breast augmentation with silicone gel implants is around $3,800 and around $3,500 for breast augmentation with saline implants.
- The implants alone will range in price anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500.
- According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the average cost for breast augmentation surgeon’s fees is around $3,694 for silicone breast implants and $3,308 for saline breast implants. This excludes other surgery-related expenses.
- This information is confirmed by the website Breastimplants4you.com, which reports that the cost of breast augmentation varies significantly based on the plastic surgeon, the type of breast implant, medical facility, the region in which you live, and whether or not you are having an additional surgery such as a breast lift performed at the same time.
What is going to be included?
- Basically, the cost of the breast implant covers the fee for the cosmetic surgeon. It may or may not include other fees such as the fee for the facility or hospital, anesthesia, medications, and postoperative care.
- As mentioned above, there are two types of implants to choose from. A saline-filled implant is filled with sterile salt water that is held by silicone shells. Silcone-filled implants, on the other hand are filled with a plastic gel. Silicone tends to feel real compared to saline-filled implants.
- Most procedures can be done in an outpatient center and rarely involve a overnight stay. The procedure will take anywhere from two to three hours.
- During the procedure, small incisions will be created under the breasts, near the armpit or around the nipples. This incision will depend on how much of enlargement is going to be done. When the incision as been made, the implant will be put into the the pocket create and the cuts will be closed using a surgical tape.
What are the extra costs?
- Extra costs may be incurred for surgery such as payments for the hospital or surgical facility, anesthesia fee for surgery, prescriptions for medication, post-surgery garments, medical tests, and other miscellaneous costs.
- MRI scans are required every two to three years if silicone implants are used. This is designed to help check for silent ruptures.
Tips to know:
- Ask various surgeons how much they charge for breast implants. It would also help if you ask the hospital or facility where you want to have the procedure done for surgery-related fees so that you will be able to compare costs with other facilities. The fee for surgeons will vary depending on their location or experience.
- Check out the Surgeon Cost Questionnaire at Loveyourlook.com. It can help you evaluate the costs of breast implants. You can also use their Surgeon Finder tool.
- The FDA requires that a patient reaches the age of 18 before the surgery is performed, and you must be 22 to receive silicone implants.
- Recovery after the surgery can take up to a week or so. A surgical bra will be required for at least a week after the procedure was performed.
- Complications can include bleeding, small infections, scarring or scar tissue forming.
- If your silicone implant ruptures, it could potentially spread to other parts of your body from which it will not be able to be removed. If a leak is not caught soon, the damage could continue to grow worse.
How can I save money?
- Consider having a breast implant warranty so that in case there are problems with the breast implant, you are protected from additional costs. There are warranties such as a lifetime product replacement policy that are free when you buy breast implants.
- Take advantage of patient financing options such as payment by installment. You can ask your surgeon about this. He might be able to help you find the right option.
- Do not just focus on the cost. Instead, focus on the surgeon’s board certification, his training and the years of experience that he has.