Plastic Surgery marketing usually focuses on targeting the budget cosmetic surgery seeking patient with breast augmentation in the forefront. You are probably reading this blog article with this primary question in mind. In this article I will explore the expenses associated with breast augmentation surgery and what you can expect financially before and after breast implant surgery.
First, let’s break down the different fees that make up the total cost of the surgery itself. First there is the obvious cost for the implants themselves. There are several different manufacturers of saline and silicone breast implants. Saline implants are cheaper than silicone. However, saline implants have an average life-span of 10 years so you should expect to face another surgery down the road if you want those puppies to keep their shape. Silicone implants are on average almost twice the price as saline. Most surgeons charge between $800 to $1200 for the saline implants, and between $1500 to $2000 for silicone implants. These prices do not include the cost of the operating room, anesthesia services, and the surgeon’s professional fees. These charges rarely include any retail mark-up from the surgeon and should include taxes (sales taxes and the ACA tax).
The cost of the operating room is usually dependent on the location and the duration of time is takes for the surgeon to complete the procedure. Same is true for the anesthesia service fees. On average, operating room fees vary from state to state and can be anywhere from $750 to $2000. Then, the anesthesia fees are usually added in addition to the operating room fees. Those fees are usually between $350 to $1000 depending on several factors such as demographic locations and surgical operating room site.
Last, the surgeon’s professional fees are usually added to the complete quote for breast augmentation surgery. Surgeon fees vary according to their time and sometimes these fees vary according to incision site for the procedure and any special equipment that may not be included in the operating room fee.
According to the 2013 statistics by American Society of Plastic Surgeons, average cost of Breast Implant surgery was $3678.00. As a break down example quote, you can expect to be quoted something like this:
Breast augmentation advertisements are plentiful on the internet and even highway billboards that often capture one’s attention with a very low price of $2500 or even less. What the fine print even your best vision cannot see is the phrase, “plus nominal operative fee.” With breast augmentation being one of the most shopped-around procedures in search of the most attractive price, these ads target those less informed shoppers and are baited with their low price. Subsequently these shoppers are hooked in the physician’s office with the true cost which is thousands more. Add a convenient financing plan with outrageous interest rates and the pressure to schedule usually will land you a scheduled surgery date before you leave the physician’s office.
Lastly, you will need to figure in any additional consultation fees that usually run about $100 per initial consultation and the costs of post-operative prescriptions such as pain medications, antibiotics, and possibly a muscle relaxer. Some surgeons have been known to not include the patient’s post-operative garments (surgical bra and maybe a breast elastic band sometimes referred to as an “implant stabilizer”) so be sure to inquire if the cost of the garments is included in your surgical quote. Some surgeons may direct their patients to a particular retail store or on-line web site where you purchase the garments prior to your surgery date.
Another final expense may be the opportunity to purchase an extended warranty on the implants. Most saline breast implant manufacturers offer an extended warranty you may purchase within 30-90 days following surgery. This extended warranty is highly recommended and usually won’t set your wallet back too much with fees around $125.00. I highly recommend you purchase any extended warranty offered to you by your implant manufacturer. I have witnessed and assisted many patients over the years with their implant warranties after experiencing a “blow-out,” or deflation which can happen for no good reason. It’s not a medical emergency, but the appearance will be a rude reminder of why you got implants to begin with. The implant manufacturer will replace your deflated implant usually within 10 years (from original surgery date), maybe longer depending on their specific extended warranty you may have purchased, and will even reimburse some of the costs associated with surgical fees. They won’t give you the money up front, but reimburse the patient after the surgical remove and replacement of implants. The deflated implants are always shipped back to the manufacturer for their investigation and then a check will be sent to you (usually a few months after your surgery).
When scheduling consultations with plastic surgeons, be sure to ask if the consultation with be “private” or “group.” I know this sounds strange, but more and more stories are emerging of Bundled or Group consultations where several patients all inquiring about the same procedure are scheduled at the same time to deliver the same information in a conference room, then perhaps an individual private examination with a very brief meeting with the doctor or a doctor’s associate. If the group meeting doesn’t bother you, then best luck to you. Otherwise, schedule at least three different consultations with three different surgeons so you can make a more informed decision. In other words, don’t settle for less.
This article addresses expenses for Breast Augmentation only and does not include other surgical scenarios such as breast lift with implants. Such instances where a breast lift could be recommended in conjunction with breast implants, all of the above mentioned expenses can be expected to increase significantly anywhere from $500 to $5000+ depending on the recommendation.