Breast augmentation surgery usually costs between $2,500 to $7,500, and for the most part the difference in cost is simply what you are getting for the money. It is often difficult to understand surgical quotes, and one problem for prospective patients is that they often find themselves getting vague price quotes that offer a confusing grasp of on what they are getting for their money.
So how much should you expect to pay?
In order to give you the best answer possible, it’s best to explain the individual costs that are incurred in obtaining a safe and acceptable surgical result. This is the best way to level the playing field in comparing quotes given by different surgeons. It is important that you know exactly what is included in your surgery quote, and what you expect to be in your surgery quote.
The first step in your exploration of breast augmentation surgery, and likely your first expense, is the cosmetic surgery consult fee. Surgical consults are sometimes free, but it is not uncommon to see as much as $100 charged for this visit. The fee is usually not a reflection of ability or quality, rather a reflection of the physician’s means of mitigating being stood up by no-show patients.
The next expense will be a surgical deposit, which is required at the time you book your surgery. $500 is a pretty fair average across the country. One difference between practices is often whether refunds of the deposit are given. As the surgery date gets closer, the refunded amount diminishes.
About one or two weeks before your surgery, you will be required to pay a balance of $2,000 to $7,000.
So where does the price difference come from?
The first cost in determining the price of your breast augmentation will be your choice of saline or silicone implants. Saline breast implants will cost your surgeon on average $1000, and silicone breast implants will cost them around $1500. Some surgery centers are given volume discounts of up to $200 off of either type of implant. Some surgeons charge a small profit on implants, but most just directly pass the cost along.
The next cost is your operating facility. You can choose to have your surgery in a hospital, in an outpatient surgery center, or in a private office OR. All are safe when they are accredited, but the prices vary from $900 to $1500 an hour and are generally more expensive at hospitals. The additional costs are a reflection of the additional accreditation requirements that are enforced in each type of facility. The type of facility does not necessarily have an impact on the outcome of surgery, but could in the rare event of complications. Expect about an hour in OR charges in cases without complications.
The next cost is determined by the type of anesthesia you choose. Some surgeons do breast augmentation under local anesthesia alone, but most patients have general anesthesia. In Florida, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists or Physician Anesthesiologists are able to provide anesthesia. They charge an hourly rate from $500 to over $1000 per hour, based on their training and experience. There again is no indication that the certification of your anesthesia provider will yield a better result. The anesthesia again will be around one hour in most cases.
The final cost is the surgeon’s fee. The range is usually from $1500 to $3500 depending on the amount of time the surgery will take, whether it is a revision surgery requiring removal of scar tissue or repositioning of the implants, or if a breast lift is required along with augmentation. The fee includes all your care before and after surgery. You may have additional costs if further surgery is required or if you are admitted to the hospital with complications.
The last few items are optional costs that typically yield the best breast augmentation result possible.
Surgical garments range from $30 to $150.
Antibiotics and pain medications range from $30 to $80 depending on insurance.
Arnica (a supplement to reduce bruising and swelling) costs from $25 to $45.
There are many ways that breast augmentation prices are quoted, but regardless of how the prices are presented, these are all factors that will affect your breast augmentation price quote.
If you’re wondering why there are prices listed as low as $2500 for breast augmentation surgery, but the quoted fixed costs are higher in this article, the answer is simple. Quotes for $2500 generally exclude one or more of the costs itemized in this article. Some centers advertise the price of surgery without anesthesia, and others offer assembly line patient care to reduce surgeon’s fees.
Patients are often trading having a physician with a vested interest in their care on call for complications after surgery for unusually low surgical quotes. Everything in this world is a give and take of price, quality, and service. Hopefully, you have a little more information to understand the many answers to “what is the price of breast augmentation surgery?”