Breast augmentation has been one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures ever since the FDA approved saline and silicone breast implants for cosmetic breast enhancement. Dr. Hisham Seify is an experienced cosmetic surgeon providing this procedure to his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and other areas. During the initial consultation, Dr. Seify will discuss various aspects of the breast implant cosmetic surgery, including its estimated costs.
The cost of breast augmentation can differ between two practices, and even between two patients at the same practice. This can depend on several factors as follows:
Where a practice is located can make a difference to the overall cost of breast augmentation. This can happen because the cost of living between two places may not be the same, and it may influence the average costs of most types of products and services, including the services provided by a plastic surgeon. For instance, the cost of breast augmentation in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas may differ from the cost of the same procedure in Atlanta, GA.
The fee charged by the cosmetic surgeon may depend on their skills, experience, and reputation in the field of breast surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends that patients should choose the right surgeon for their needs, and factors such as the surgeon’s fee should only be a secondary consideration in such decisions.
Anesthesia and Operating Room Expenses
Breast augmentation plastic surgery will usually be performed under general anesthesia. The fee charged by the anesthesiologist may vary according to their experience and qualifications. If the breast augmentation is performed at a state of the art surgical facility backed by a highly experienced staff, its cost may be a little higher than that of an average operating room.
Breast Implant Costs
The cost of breast implants forms an important component of the overall costs of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery. The cost of silicone implants will usually be more expensive than that of traditional saline implants. Some of the advanced qualities in highly cohesive silicone implants are likely to be more expensive. The cost may also vary according to the size, shape, and profile of implants required for a particular patient.
Average Cost of Surgery
According to the statistics released by the ASPS for 2013, the average cost of breast augmentation in the United States was $3,678. However, this cost excludes significant components such as anesthesia costs, operating facility costs and other related expenses. The ASPS also clarified that the cost will vary from one practice to another based on several factors. The total cost of the procedure at reputed practices could range from $8,000 to $12,000.
Insurance and Financing
Breast augmentation costs will not be covered under health insurance if it is performed solely as a cosmetic procedure. Patients can explore various financing options such as personal contacts, bank loans, credit card extended payments, and financing through professional medical care finance companies.