The location of your chosen clinic will greatly affect breast augmentation cost. Breast augmentations tend to cost less in rural areas and more in large metropolitan areas, where breast augmentations are in higher demand. Plus, some of the world's best plastic surgeons reside in cities like Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Miami, and New York City, so a breast augmentation there may be double the average cost.
Saline implants cost an average of $3,500 to $5,000 while silicone implants are approximately $6,000 to $7,000. Most plastic surgeons prefer to use silicone implants because of their realistic look and feel, but don't let the cost of implant type drastically affect your decision-- this is a major surgery that is virtually permanent. Size usually doesn't affect the cost of breast augmentation, unless you are looking to get extra large implants, which pose a higher risk for surgical complications. Finally, implants can either be placed above or below the muscle. Above the muscle placement is less invasive, and therefore less expensive.
You should absolutely meet with your plastic surgeon before agreeing on a breast augmentation. Together, you can discuss which desires can be met and which can't as well as any risks or side effects. Don't just go for the cheapest breast augmentation you can find-- price often has something to do with the amount of experience and training the plastic surgeon has, and you don't want to compromise the quality of your breast augmentation. Ideally, your plastic surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Breast augmentation is usually considered a cosmetic surgery, so it's not covered by insurance. However, if you are looking to undergo a breast augmentation after a mastectomy, your insurance may pay for it. Contact your insurance provider to find out if they cover this type of breast augmentation. As far as financing goes, most clinics offer payment plans to make paying for your breast augmentation as easy as possible.
A breast augmentation can give you the kind of confidence you deserve. If you'd like to learn more about breast augmentation costs or to schedule a private consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area, contact us today!
*Average surgeon/physician fees taken from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's annual statistics
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