When reading about breast augmentation surgery, you may find the cost ranges quite a bit. It seems the surgery can cost anywhere from about $4000 all the way up to about $10,000. Why the big difference in cost? There are several factors, which determine how much breast implant surgery will cost including those listed below.
Your Location: The geographic area where you have the surgery plays a big part in how much you will pay. Certain areas have a higher cost of living and that often also includes the price for cosmetic surgery. For instance, if you live in New York City, where costs are high, you will likely pay more for augmentation than if you live in the Midwest.
Operating Facility: Some breast enhancement surgeries are performed in a hospital, while others use a surgery center. In other cases, the doctor’s office may have a surgical suite to perform the surgery. If you are having surgery in a hospital, that may add to the cost.
The Type of Anesthesia You Have: If you choose to have general anesthesia, it tends to cost more than if you use a sedative and a local anesthetic for the procedure.
Surgeon’s Fees: Simply put, some surgeons charge more than others. This may be due to skill level or years of experience. For example, a surgeon who has a lot of experience and a good reputation may charge more than a newer surgeon just starting out.
Complexity of the Augmentation: A few factors influence the difficulty of the enhancement surgery and may increase the time it takes to complete. A more complex, longer surgery will likely increase costs. For instance, using certain incisions are more difficult than others and increase complexity. In addition, some women will choose to also have a breast lift done, which also lifts the price.
Type of Implants: Although it is usually not a big difference in cost, silicone usually costs a little more than saline implants.