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The Financial Concerns of Cosmetic Surgery: Breast Augmentation

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Last updated: 03/27/2009

The Financial Concerns of Cosmetic Surgery: Breast Augmentation
Cosmetic surgery is rarely covered by medical insurance, so funding breast augmentation surgery usually requires a different approach than non-elective medical procedures. Did you know that some insurance providers will refuse to cover any future diseases of the breasts once you have had breast augmentation surgery? You will need to carefully consider your own insurance policy and talk to your provider to see where you stand. Once you establish that you are willing to make that commitment, you should be aware of the various costs and fees associated with breast augmentation surgery.
The fees charged by a plastic surgeon for artificial breast implantation include the surgeon’s own fee, the hospital and equipment charges including anesthesia, medication and testing, as well as the cost of the implants themselves. These fees accumulate quickly and can be several thousands of dollars depending on the experience and reputation of the surgeon. Make sure that you are aware of all of the fees included in the cost of your breast augmentation surgery. While the surgeon may quote you one price, make sure that that fee includes all of the incidental costs as well. There will be an anesthesiologist involved in the case as well. Ask your plastic surgeon if his or her fee is covered in the cost that you are quoted.
Given the high cost of breast augmentation surgery, many surgeons offer payment plans. Keep in mind that the average cost of breast augmentation surgery is between $5000 and $10,000. Some surgeons also offer discounted prices and “sliding scale” fees which offer lower prices to those that are less capable of affording the procedure. Understand that there are other factors to take into consideration beyond the price: you should feel as comfortable with your plastic surgeon as you would with any other doctor and their competence should be your utmost concern. Make sure you are getting what you pay for and if you cannot afford that cost of a good surgeon, realize that you may be carrying around the mark of a less competent surgeon for the rest of your life. Achieving board certification in plastic surgery requires a high degree of knowledge and skill; however, there is an art to cosmetic surgery that cannot be assessed though exams. Ask to see examples of the surgeons work before agreeing to breast augmentation surgery. Another place to verify the abilities of your particular plastic surgeon is to ask if he or she is certified with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Last Updated: 03/27/2009

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