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What Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

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Page Updated on May 31, 2022 by Dr. Norman Rowe (Plastic Surgeon) of Rowe Plastic Surgery

If you’re planning on getting breast implants, you’re among the 310,000 other American women who plan to get the procedure this year. Breast augmentation is the most sought-after plastic surgery in the United States. While price is often a deciding factor, most women think of the cost of breast augmentation as an investment toward gaining a desirable feminine figure.

The path to a beautiful you starts with meeting the right breast implant surgeon. Breast augmentation is a sensitive procedure that involves a consultation. You tell the doctor what you hope to achieve through breast augmentation. The best cosmetic surgeon listens to you, examines your breasts and then offers advice on ways for you to meet your goals.

Feeling comfortable with your surgeon is critical to a successful outcome. But the breast surgeon you choose must have the skills and experience to accomplish your procedure. Meet the cosmetic surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York City, New Jersey and the Hamptons. Trust only develops when you feel at ease with your surgeon, and these doctors explain what to expect from the surgery to your satisfaction.

How Much Can Breast Augmentation Cost?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, most breast augmentation procedures cost between $6,000 to $12,000 dollars. This is a broad range and just an estimate. Your costs may vary. Many factors are involved in your particular surgery. The size and shape of your natural breast along with your desired size contribute toward the end price.

You may also opt for complementary surgeries, such as a breast lift, which can add to your cost. Other costs to consider include:

  • Anesthesia. You can expect $600 to $800 in anesthesiologist’s fees.
  • Surgical facility cost. Even if you stay out of the hospital and have the procedure at your surgeon’s facility, this can run you $800 to $1,200.
  • Your breast implant surgeon’s fees. The amount depends on whether the surgeon is among the top plastic surgeons in the country or just getting started. The surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery are all board certified experts in breast surgeries.
  • Post-procedure medications. These vary according to the medication you need. Prescription pain relievers cost more than over-the-counter painkillers.
  • Post-surgery support clothes. You need to wear a special bra all the time while you heal. These surgical support bras provide implant stability, increase blood circulation and provide mild compression.

Why Does the Type and Shape of Your Breast Implants Matter?

The cost of breast augmentation is also dependent on the type of implant you choose, along with its dimensions and sizes. Saline implants are roughly priced at $1,000 each. Silicone implants look and feel more natural, but cost almost twice as much as saline implants. Your plastic surgeon recommends the most appropriate implants to meet your goals. Other decisions you must make with your doctor’s guidance include:

  • Shape of your implant. Round vs. teardrop shaped breast implants offer pros and cons. Teardrop-shaped implants are a more recent introduction and are more expensive than traditional round ones.
  • Gummy bear implants. These are also a new option. They’re denser and retain their shape longer. A rough estimate cost puts them at $2,000 each.
  • No implants. An innovative, natural option is available in the form of a fat transfer breast augmentation. This technique uses fat grafting to improve the shape and size of your bust. The cost depends on how much fat your surgeon needs to collect using liposuction. An estimated cost runs between $5,000 to $15,000.

Breast implants don’t last forever. They do last for one or two decades, however, making them a great investment in yourself. The surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery always suggest ways to extend the shelf life of your breast implants. Other notes on the cost of your breast implants include:

  • All popular breast implant brands offer free replacement if problems occur within 10 years.
  • You may have to pay for the breast revision surgery. If you do need to replace your implants. Some insurance policies provide full or partial coverage.

What Financing Options Are There?

With plastic surgery prices on the rise, many practices offer easier ways to pay for your augmentation. You can decide to save up for the breast augmentation surgery or pay for it using a credit card. You can also select another option, such as:

  • A flexible payment plan where you pay a specific amount every month
  • CareCredit, which is like a credit card just for health and beauty treatments
  • A bank loan with rates and payment dates fixed

When looking for a plastic surgeon, take your time and ask a lot of questions, including their payment options. Find a doctor who makes you feel comfortable and listens to you during your consultation. Be sure to ask about the surgeon’s:

  • Recommended incision site
  • Preferred breast implant brand
  • Surgical qualifications and certification
  • Patient reviews

Why Is It Worth Paying for a Top Plastic Surgeon?

You’re spending a bundle of money on a boob job to feel better about your future and boost your body-image confidence. Don’t cut corners and pick a surgeon who’s less experienced. Your health comes first, and in the long run, choosing a surgeon who’s not an expert will end up costing you more. Top breast surgeons like those at Rowe Plastic Surgery are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which means the surgeon is highly rated and possesses impressive surgical skills with high success rates.

You may interview a surgeon before you decide. Consider whether:

  • They’ve specialized in plastic surgery from a top university.
  • They have years of experience in breast augmentation and similar breast surgeries.
  • They are board certified plastic surgeons, meaning they passed the certification process and keep their certification up-to-date.
  • They have an impressive collection of before and after photos that show their skill level.
  • They have five-star reviews from past patients.
  • They hold impressive positions at area hospitals.

Does Insurance Cover Breast Augmentation Procedures?

If you’re getting breast implants for a cosmetic reason, your insurance company is unlikely to pay for the procedure. Some insurance plans do pay for post-surgery prescriptions, while others may demand a second opinion or require the surgeon to be board certified. Talk with your insurance company before your procedure to know what to expect in terms of your financial responsibilities.

If you had a mastectomy as part of a cancer treatment, your insurance must pay for your surgery, whether you decide to get breast implants now or later. According to the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1988, cancer patients are entitled to full coverage, including breast reconstruction with implants. Medicare even covers the post-surgical bra and prescribed medications. Contact the expert cosmetic surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons.

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