Breast Enhancement Cost
The cost of breast augmentation and other breast enhancement procedures can vary greatly, and is dependent on many things. The cost can vary depending on the procedure—breast reduction compared to breast augmentation, for example—as well as the location of the procedure, and even the type of implant used for breast augmentation. There are also a great many personal variables, such as overall general health and the length of the recovery process. That said, there are some useful guidelines that you can use to give yourself a useful baseline for determining the cost of your breast enhancement procedure.
Because there are no any variables and variations, it might be useful to discuss the cost of one breast procedure at a time, in the context of the issues that might influence that cost.
The Cost of Breast Augmentation
The cost of breast augmentation, perhaps, varies most significantly based on the desired final outcome. Women who undergo breast augmentation must decide on size, shape, incision method, and material of the implant, all of which may sway the price in one direction or another. However, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a breast augmentation procedures is around $3700. However, other estimates place the cost anywhere between $5000-$10,000.
This is likely because the cost can be swayed by many factors, including but not limited to the following:
- Type of implant: saline, silicone, and fat graft implants all have considerably different prices
- Manufacturer of implant: As with anything in life, there are “elite” manufacturers and those who offer more affordable options; your plastic surgeon will have a great deal of input on which works best for you
- Type of incision: There are a few different incision options for breast augmentation, each with its own level of invasiveness
- Anesthesia: Sometimes the administration of anesthesia will have an impact on the overall price of the procedure
- Expertise of the surgeon: Elite surgeons will, of course, carry a premium in terms of cost; it’s up to you to determine whether that extra cost is worth it
- Complications: Any complications may add to your overall cost, but this is especially true for any complications that require hospitalization
- Recovery time: As you recover, you may lose out on wages due to missing work; if you do not have a generous PTO program, this may be something to consider
Most plastic surgeons will offer patients financing options, and it is always important to talk to your plastic surgeon when trying to determine the final cost of your procedure.
The Cost of Breast Lift Procedures
In some ways, breast lift procedures are slightly less complex than breast augmentation procedures. Most obviously, breast lift procedures require no medical device implantation, so the cost of the breast implant itself is omitted. However, the technique involves can be more demanding in terms of both time and surgeon skill. This means that breast lift procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, has an average cost of around $4300. Other sources place the average cost between $6000-6500. Obviously, your plastic surgeon will be the best person to address the overall cost of your breast lift procedure.
And just as with a breast augmentation, there are individual variations that will add or subtract from the overall out-of-pocket expenses. These variables include but are not limited to the following:
- Degree of Lift: How much you wish to have your breasts lifted, or how much lift they require, will greatly determine the final overall cost
- Geography: As with many procedure, your overall geography (and the population density of that area) will help determine the final costs; a breast lift in New Jersey will cost a different amount than a breast lift in North Dakota
- Hospital Fees: Depending on the location of the breast lift procedure, you may be required to pay hospital fees
- Anesthesia: As with many other procedures, you may be responsible for certain fees relating to the administration of anesthesia
- Recovery: The longer you take for your recovery, the more expenses you may incur
The Cost of Breast Reduction Procedures
Breast reduction procedures have one advantage over other procedures in that sometimes—though not always—health insurance will cover the costs of the procedure. If you have to pay out of pocket for your breast reduction procedure, you could be looing at a bill around $6000. To be sure, how much insurance will cover is a complicated question—the best way to get resolution on that is to consult with your plastic surgeon and with your insurance company to try and get a clear answer.
That said, there will be some variables that can effect the cost of your breast reduction procedure. Some of those variables will include the following:
- Insurance Coverage: As we mentioned, the degree to which your health insurance company will cover your breast reduction procedure will greatly impact the overall cost
- Degree of Reduction: How much tissue is to be removed will also have an impact on your cost of breast reduction
- Other Procedures: Breast reduction procedures are often paired with a breast lift procedure, and if that’s the case, your cost could go up.
- Hospital and anesthesia: As with other plastic surgery procedures, your time in the hospital and your anesthesia requirements will greatly determine your overall costs
- Length of Recovery and Complications: If you encounter complications or require any additional time in a hospital setting for recovery reasons, this could also drive up the cost of your breast reduction procedure
Some Costs are Worth It
In many cases, it might be tempting to find ways to avoid paying the costs associated with plastic surgery—for example, by going overseas for “plastic surgery tourism” or by seeking out a less qualified plastic surgeon. However, these strategies almost always end up costing patients more in the long run, in the form of additional procedures and recovering from complications.
The best way to get a handle on how much your breast enhancement procedure will cost is to discuss all aspects of your procedure with your plastic surgeon during your initial consultation.