As anyone who has done a little bit of research on the cost of breast implant/augmentation knows, the costs for the same procedure can vary dramatically from surgeon to surgeon, city to city, etc. What are the reasons for this? What factors go into breast implant pricing? More importantly…what is the approach to take in choosing the best surgeon for you when deciding on this procedure? Is the most expensive doctor always the best one? Is the cheapest augmentation also the cheapest quality? As with everything, there are two sides to every story! Let’s look at what variables go into pricing.
In considering breast implant/augmentation, several factors play into the cost of the procedure. These include:
SURGEON EXPERIENCE/BOARD CERTIFICATION
There is little more that is more important in deciding on your surgeon than ensuring that they have significant experience with the procedure and, most importantly, are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This ensures that they have the proper training to not only do the procedure but manage it properly should there be any complications or problems. It also holds your surgeon to an ethical standard that will keep you safe and help ensure the best possible results. Surgeons who are members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have specialization and interest in cosmetic plastic surgery, specifically. While choosing a more experienced surgeon who is board-certified may occasionally cost more money, you get what you pay for! Think of it as an insurance policy to help ensure the best and safest results.
The cost of breast augmentation and all plastic surgical procedures can vary from place to place. The costs of surgery are different in California, versus Idaho, and can even vary within a city: Beverly Hills prices are typically greater than those elsewhere in Los Angeles.
TYPE OF IMPLANT
In general, saline implants are less expensive than silicone. Even within silicone implants, different types of implants have different costs – gummy bear implants and the new more highly cohesive smooth round implants are more expensive than standard smooth round silicone implants.
Oftentimes, a breast augmentation requires another procedure to be done at the same time. This may include a breast lift, fat grafting or, the use of a scaffolding/supportive material, among others. Any extra procedures will certainly add cost to the augmentation.
As you can see, there are many, many variables that go into the cost of a breast augmentation. Again, the most important thing is to see a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has extensive experience with the procedure. Do not hesitate to ask for before and after pictures of patients who have your similar body type and type of augmentation desired. Go in with photos of looks that you like, etc. Never be afraid to ask questions!