Breast implant surgery is a plastic surgery procedure that is used to increase the size and add projection and shape to the breasts. The procedure is elective and used mostly for cosmetic reasons. The implants are artificial objects made of silicone shell that is filled with silicone gel or saline solution. The implants are inserted into the breasts via incisions and placed under or above the pectoral muscle. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and involves many risks.
Given the fact that breast implant surgery is a cosmetic procedure, the price is considerably higher. According to statistics, the average cost of breast implant surgery is $6,000 in the United States. However, the cost can vary from surgeon to surgeon and place to place. For example, if the surgeon is board-certified, highly experienced and popular, you can expect the cost to be higher because you will get extra value for your money. Also, the cost of the surgery differs from city to city and state to state.
If you are considering breast implant surgery, you must discuss the cost with the surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. Some surgeons quote the cost of the implants only, excluding the surgery fees, anesthesia cost, OR cost, and other expenses. Be sure to ask the surgeon the cost of the implants, as well as the overall cost of the surgery, including all the associated costs and fees.
The overall cost of breast implant surgery comprises of the cost of the implants (which can vary depending on the type of implant and manufacturer), the OR charges, anesthesia cost, the surgeon’s fees, surgical facility fees, medical tests, post-operative garments, and medicines. When you are making a budget, be certain to include these factors in the cost and discuss it with your surgeon. You can even consult with multiple plastic surgeons to get a reasonable cost; however, do not compromise your safety. You must always choose a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon to perform the surgery.
When considering the cost of breast implant surgery, keep in mind the type of breast implant you are getting. There are two types of breast implants: silicone and saline. The cost of these breast implants is different. Which of these implants is best for you depends on your goals and the aesthetic flaws in your breasts.
The good news is that if you are unable to afford breast implant surgery, you can still undergo the procedure by availing the financing options available at most surgical facilities provided by most plastic surgeons. These financing options are flexible and can cover most of the surgery’s costs. However, you should remember that breast implant surgery is elective, which is why it is not covered by health insurance.