Considering Cost When Contemplating Breast Augmentation Surgery
Now that you’ve made the decision to have breast augmentation surgery, it’s time to consider the financial implications of that decision. There are a number of factors involved and finding information on the costs of breast augmentation for the purposes of a price comparison can be a difficult task. The following is meant to provide some criteria as you determine how to pay for your breast augmentation surgery.
The average price for breast augmentation surgery is between $5000 and $10,000. What determines the price within that range depends on a number of factors including the skill of your surgeon, the location of the surgery (outpatient surgical suite or hospital), and the amount of pre- and post-operative care you will need. Also, the type of implant (saline versus silicone) and the approach (through the navel or areola, for example) will be factored into the cost. In general, the cost of breast augmentation surgery increases as the amount of scarring decreases. This means that approaches which essentially leave no scars (through the areola) cost more than others because they require a greater skill level and more time. Also, those approaches that result in a better result aesthetically usually cost more. Since the entire procedure is done with the aesthetic in mind, it is critically important to keep these factors in mind as you consider the cost of breast augmentation surgery.
You should bear in mind your insurance coverage at this point as it may be affected by going through with the surgery. Breast augmentation surgery is typically considered to be an elective cosmetic surgery and as such is not covered by health insurance in many countries. The exception to this in is cases where breast augmentation surgery is also reconstructive, such as after a breast cancer resection and mastectomy. It is also very important to realize that if you have a purely cosmetic breast augmentation surgery, you may find that your insurance provider will no longer cover certain ailments relating to your breasts. This is particularly important if there is a serious complication with the breast augmentation surgery itself. As you determine the cost of breast augmentation surgery, factor in the cost of out-of-pocket health care expenses, should something go wrong.
The costs you are covering when paying for breast augmentation surgery are the surgeon’s fees, the hospital’s fees, the cost of the implants and medications relating to the surgery. One (almost hidden) cost to realize is the consultation fee. Be sure to ask if there is a consultation fee before attending. Many providers provide free consultations, especially if you do decide to have breast augmentation surgery with that plastic surgeon.
Finally, cheaper is not always better. Do not work with a plastic surgeon if you are not comfortable with him or her, regardless of cost. The peace of mind that comes with knowing your surgeon is completely competent and understanding of your needs is well worth a higher price. There is no doubt that breast augmentation surgery is expensive especially because it is not covered by insurance; however, breast augmentation surgery is also one of those things in which “you get what you pay for.”
Last Updated: 03/27/2009