Do Silicone Breast Implants Cost Depend on Size?

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Breast implants are not charged by volume, but by make and style.


Breast implants are not charged by volume, but rather by the manufacturer and the implant’s content, that is saline versus silicone gel. In general, saline implants are about half the expense of silicone gel. Saline implants cost around $800-$1,000 a pair, and silicone gel’s cost run around $2,000 to $2,200 per pair. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon.

Englewood Plastic Surgeon

Silicone implant costs is the same regardless of the size or volume



Larger and smaller silicone breast implants cost the same. If one requests a custom-made silicone implant the cost would be more.

The same holds true for saline implants. Surgeons fees are also the same regardless of implant size.

Brooke R. Seckel, MD, FACS
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Size is not usually a factor

The cost of your implant is determined by type (saline or silicone, with silicone being more expensive) and brand (Mentor or Allergan) but size does not really affect the cost. Other factors that affect the price of surgery include the anesthesia, surgical centre fees and your surgeon's fees.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant Size and Price


That’s a wonderful question! NO difference based on implant size.

You’re absolutely right; the variability in pricing for implants themselves is a point of confusion for many patients. It all boils down to how much the surgeon acquires the implants for, and what value they attribute to the implant for you, as the consumer.

In order to simplify things, it’s easiest to make sure you understand what the OVERALL cost of the procedure is, and what precisely it includes in terms of cost and expertise in your geographical region. Our range depending on your specific needs is $5,000 - $7,500. It should absolutely be all-inclusive, and the most influential factors include,

  • Is this an actual Plastic Surgeon performing the operation?
  • Is the plastic surgeon Fellowship Trained specifically in aesthetic plastic surgery?
  • Does the surgeon hold privileges at a local hospital, as a Plastic Surgeon?
  • Where will the surgery be performed? Hospital or certified outpatient surgery center?
  • What type of anesthesia will be used? General versus local anesthesia?

Choose your surgeon based NOT only on price, but whether you feel he would truly walk you thru the process and can achieve your long-term aesthetic goals. Also, it is not unreasonable to ask to speak to prior patients, visit the surgical facility, and see before and after photos.

You should also keep in mind that your choice of plastic surgery practice and surgeon, should also be a long-term choice. Chances are that you may want further services for yourself, family, and friends and want to establish a place where you become a member of the family. So be sure you love the staff, and the overall feel of the office. This should be a long-term investment in your future.

Best wishes.

Carlos O. Chacon, MD, MBA
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone implant size does not affect implant cost


As far as cost of implants goes, this is one instance when size doesn't matter.  I recommend that you place as large an implant as you desire because more silicone doesn't cost more money.

We charge $6700 for silicone gel implants in Plano, Texas.  This includes the surgical fee, M.D. anesthesiologist, nationally-accredited surgical facility, silicone gel implants, implant warranty (10 years), and all routine postoperative visits.

Ronald Friedman, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Cost of implants independent of the size


Silicone implants cost more than saline implants. Textured implants cost more than smooth implants. Shaped implants cost more than round implants. And larger implants cost......the same as smaller implants. In this case, size doesn't matter.

James McMahan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation Cost in Columbus Ohio


I encourage you to make sure your surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and that that person is someone you would trust after meeting with them at your consultation.

In Columbus, Ohio, our total costs for breast augmentation are currently $4500-5100 for saline implants and $5000-5900 for silicone implants.   The cost of the implants does not vary by size.

Jason Brett Lichten, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone implants have one price--not based on size


There may be a slight difference in pricing between the two suppliers, but there is no difference based on implant size.

Carmen Kavali, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant Costs


The costs for breast augmentation is based primarily on the geographic area and the type of breast implant chosen.  You may want to visit our website to see our current pricing for breast implants.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone implant costs


Implant costs are based on type (silicone or saline) and on shape (round or anatomic). They are not based on volume (size in cc's). The cost for the procedure is a combination of the implant cost, surgeon's operating fee, anesthesia services, and the facility fee for the operating room. Silicone implants do cost more money per implant than saline implants.

David Bogue, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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