As a woman considering breast augmentation, one thing you might be wondering about is how much the surgery will cost. Since it is a cosmetic procedure, breast augmentation is typically not covered by insurance providers, meaning the cost of the surgery is usually the responsibility of the patient.
Breast augmentation costs can vary considerably based on the location of the surgical practice, the skill of the surgeon and the type of implants used. During a consultation with a plastic surgeon, it’s a good idea to discuss all of the factors that influence the price of the surgery. You can also discuss payment options or ways to make breast augmentation work with your budget. Take a look at what you are paying for when you pay for breast augmentation
Implants come in a range of shapes and sizes. They can be filled with saline or silicone and they can have a smooth or textured shell. Each factor affects the cost of the implant. For example, saline implants usually have a lower price tag than silicone. Larger implants are often more expensive than smaller ones.
Although cost is a consideration, it shouldn’t be the only thing on your mind when you are deciding on the type of implants to use. For example, even though saline implants are the more budget-friendly pick, silicone implants are the most popular and are used in the majority of breast augmentation surgeries at Dr. Vietnas’ practice.
There are a few reasons for that. Silicone implants often feel and look more natural than saline. Saline implants can cause the skin to ripple, silicone implants do not.
Breast augmentation is typically performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The anesthesia needs to be given by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Anesthesia fees associated with the surgery usually include the cost of the anesthetic and the cost of the anesthesiologist’s services.
Surgeon and Facility Fees
Location matters when you’re having breast augmentation. Most breast augmentation surgeries are not performed in a hospital, but instead in an outpatient surgical facility. For your safety, the facility should be accredited and licensed. If the surgical facility fee seems low, ask about it, as this is one cost you definitely do not want to cut corners on.
Another cost you don’t want to cut corners on is the surgeon’s fee. A less experienced plastic surgeon or a surgeon who doesn’t specialize in breast surgery might charge less than a plastic surgeon with decades of experience or who has made surgery of the breast their specialty. One way to look at the surgeon’s fee is as you look at the price of a haircut.
You can go to a salon and choose to have the stylist-in-training or junior stylist cut your hair for a lower price than having a master stylist or salon owner work their magic. But you take the risk of having your haircut come out not quite right. The stakes are higher with breast augmentation. If you choose the surgeon who charges less but who also has less experience, there is a greater chance for complications or that you won’t be happy with the results.
It’s better to pay more upfront for the skill and talent of an experienced surgeon than it is to pay less and need to have additional surgeries to fix the issue later on.
After breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon will most likely write you a prescription for pain medications to help you manage any discomfort you experience. The cost of the medications is another expense to consider when determining the price of your surgery.
Time Off From Work
Depending on your work situation, you might need to include the cost of the time you request off from work in your overall budget for breast augmentation. If you do not have paid time off from your job or if you do not have enough paid time off to cover the time you would need after surgery, include the salary or wages you’ll miss out on after surgery as part of the price tag.
How to Pay for Breast Augmentation
You’ve crunched the numbers and have come up with a best-guess estimate for the cost of your breast augmentation. The question remains: How will you pay for the surgery and all the associated costs?
You have multiple options. Option one is to pay for everything upfront, in cash. That option might not work for your budget. Option two is to wait and save up until you have the money needed to pay in full. Doing that can delay your surgery, perhaps indefinitely.
A third option that is likely to work with most people’s budgets is to finance the surgery. Dr. Vitenas offers patients two financing options designed specifically for healthcare. Alphaeon and CareCredit work similarly to traditional credit cards but also offer interest-free financing options to qualified borrowers.
The cost of breast augmentation is definitely something to think about before going forward with the surgery. But it’s not something that should necessarily prevent you from having plastic surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas, a board-certified, top-rated breast surgeon in Houston, Texas, you can discuss costs and financing to find an option that works for you. Schedule a virtual consultation or call 281-484-0088 to set up an appointment today.