What is the approximate cost of breast augmentation surgery?
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
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Breast Aug Cost
Every region is different but a general range:
Medicare approved Facility $1000
Anesthesiologist MD/DO $600
Professional Fee $2000 - $3000
Cost of Breast Augmentation
Breast Augmentation Pricing How much do Breast Implants Cost?
remember that nothing is more expensive than results that don't meet your hopes and expectations, and re-operation fees. take your time selecting your plastic surgeon.
If possible, visit many plastic surgery websites and select a few physicians based on their training, experience, results (including mamny nefore and after photos), reputation. and philosophy. The most expensive surgeon may or may not be the ideal surgeon for you. "Lowball" pricing may often be an attempt to fill an empty O.R. schedule, or may not be the inclusive cost of surgery.
In my practice, the price for breast augmentation includes all pre and post-operative visits, pain control pump, a body garment, board certified anesthesiologist, operating room charges in a dual certified (Joint Commission and AAAASF) surgical theater, and no aditional change for an overnight visit if the patient elects to do so. We insist that out of town patients stay overnight with medical observation.
In order not have any surprises, ask if there are additional potential chages for pre or post-operative visits, pain control devices,or garments. Be sure that there are no additional charges for office visits. There should never be a charge for an office visit if a patient has a concern. In fact, most plastic surgeons want to see you if you have a concern.
Ask if the fee you have been given includes the O.R. staff , equipment and supplies including pain pumps, garments, and of course a board certified anesthesiologist.
Please do not make your decision on the plastic surgeon based on who has the lowest price without looking at the whole picture and taking your time researching to find the right plastic surgeon for you. Always, ask to see many photographs, speak to patients and ask your own physician about any plastic surgeon you are considering.
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Cost of Breast Augmentation
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
Breast augmentation for saline implants may range from $4000 to $6000. Breast augmentation with silicone implants may range from $6000 to $8000 or more. Gummy bear variants cost an additional amount beyond a regular silicone implant and add to these figures. I perform breast augmentations with all implants available and through all incisions available.
Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of breast augmentations each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Breast enlargement, breast augmentation, breast implants, financing, cost
The cost of breast augmentation (enlargement) varies between physicians, regions of the country and where the surgery takes place. Typically, costs for breast augmentation run between $4,000 and $7,000 for saline implants and $5,000 to $8,000 for silicone gels. Patients should be sure to inquire about any additional (or hidden) costs when they consult with a physician. For instance, a surgeon who does not operate his or her own surgical center may require patients to pay fees to the hospital or surgical center they will be using separately from the fees paid to the surgeon.
Cost of breast augmentation
The range of breast augmentation cost by plastic surgeon varies from 3000-12,000. This depends on the implant type (saline implants costs less than silicone), the location of the country, and the surgeon. In general, an average breast augmentation with silicone implants should be about 6,000 or so. Be careful about paying significantly more or significantly less. They key is to find a board certified plastic surgeon that you trust, that is reviewed well online, and that has great before and after photos.
All the best,
Breast Augmentation Pricing
Most offices seem to charge between $2500 - $3500 as a surgeon's fee for primary breast augmentation. Other fees that affect the overall price include implant costs and anesthesia/OR facility charges. Fees vary widely depending on location within the country, as they should, since overhead costs vary as well.
Breast Augmentation Costs
The cost for breast augmentation is about $5000 - $6000 depending on the type of implant that is used.
There are 4 costs involved:
1. Surgeon's fee
2. Hospital/Facility fee
4. Type of implant; Saline or Silicone
Most doctors will give you an all inclusive price.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
My 2010 fee for a Breast Augmentation (not including the implants) is 2,650 dollars. I purposefully set my charge to be both affordable in the Memphis market and competitive when compared to the significantly higher national charges for the same operation. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the 2009 average American Plastic surgeon’s fee for a Breast Augmentation (not including the implants) was 3,331 dollars.
You should also be aware that different Plastic surgeons’ professional fees may cover different things. My fee covers your initial Consultation, up to 3 pre-operative visits, the cosmetic surgery professional fee and follow-up for 1 year after your surgery. Make sure you understand what your surgeon’s fee will pay for.
There is a large multi-factorial variation in Plastic Surgery prices. For your safety, stay away from both very low and high price extreme.
TWO IMPORTANT FACTS TO REMEMBER:
An overinflated price does NOT guarantee quality
an unreasonably bargain basement low price is never a bargain but frequently is a gamble on your safety and well-being.
Price extremes in Cosmetic Surgery are intentionally set to attract very 2 very different groups of people.
Extravagant Plastic Surgery prices are INTENDED to suck in 2 groups of people: the “label snobs”(those who either enjoy proving their worth by over-spending on everything) and those yearning to reach Hollywood’s supposed elite through Cosmetic Surgery (“I want a Facelift by Dr. X because he operated on startlet 1, starlet 2 and we think starlet 3…”). Ridiculous high prices (“If you need to ask – you can’t afford me” Plastic Surgery) are also meant to bring in those who do not want to do their research; The “If he charges so much, he MUST be good” school of thinking individuals. Many surgeons intentionally charge huge fees to over-inflate their attractiveness to these spend-happy individuals who assume that excellence must be expensive.
Extreme Plastic Surgery bargains are INTENDED to draw in 2 different groups of people: First, are individuals who cannot afford cosmetic surgery but are insistent on getting it anyway by focusing on bargain basement prices rather surgeon training and experience. The other group is the shoppers – We all know them. People who, regardless of their income, never met a bargain they could walk away from (The garage sale, Priceline.com centered, the coupon wallet carrying, “Is this your best price?” shopper).
When SHOPPING FOR A “DEAL” WHAT RED FLAGS SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR?
The TOTAL cost of Cosmetic Surgery is made up of 3 components; the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia charges and facility charges.
There is no free lunch. Most of the time, you are getting what you pay for. An amazingly low fee usually means that one or more of these components has been compromised and that you are taking a risk. Cheap Plastic Surgery should raise safety concerns and each of these 3 components deserves your careful consideration.
- SURGEON’S FEE – The surgeon’s fee is based on geographic factors (with higher fees being common in major cities such as New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles etc) and on the experience of the surgeon doing the surgery (less experienced surgeons may charge a lot less). Finally, with the current state of the economy many surgeons lowered their fees.
Plastic Surgery is an expensive occupation. Quality Plastic Surgery graduate training is very competitive and hard to get into requiring an excellent academic record and years of hard work in medical school and preceding residencies. Plastic Surgery training is also the longest training in American Graduate Medical Education. Real Plastic surgeons accumulate a lot of debt during their long years of training. Moreover, the cost of running a Plastic Surgery office is higher than many other specialties. This financial burden is then added to a high pre-existing educational debt which must be paid off.
As a result, real board-certified and experienced Plastic surgeons (ASPS members) will usually charge more than wannabe doctors who are NOT certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). (These other “Plastic surgeons” are a large group made up of doctors who never formally trained in a Plastic surgery residency and who literally practice Plastic Surgery. (They have either certified in other specialties (such as gynecology, Family practice, ER Medicine, Internal Medicine etc) and may be certified by commercial non-American Board of Medical Specialties Boards-ABMS), or are practicing medicine illegally (either foreign unlicensed doctors or not doctors at all)). To FULLY understand the real meaning of Board Certification and who your doctor may really be, please follow the link below.
It is EASY to separate real Plastic surgeons from the others. Find out
1. Is he/she certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)?
2. Does he/she have unlimited Plastic Surgery privileges at one or more local hospital?
Not having hospital privileges in Plastic Surgery (i.e. being allowed to practice Plastic Surgery) in a local hospital is very worrisome and should raise many red flags. It may mean that for several reasons (such as deficient or improper training, past legal history or ethical issues) the hospital refused to expose itself to lawsuits by having your surgeon operate on its staff. You should seriously reconsider having your surgery with this physician.
- ANESTHESIA FEE – An inordinately cheap anesthesia fee should be another red flag. It means your anesthesia will be poor and/ or provided by an under- or poorly trained individual.
Your comfort and safety are important. For patient comfort and surgical accuracy, the vast majority of Plastic surgeons prefer to perform Breast Augmentation under general anesthesia.
Generally speaking, anesthesia for Breast Augmentation anesthesia can be given by:
1. Your surgeon (cheapest, least effective - NOT a good idea). The vast majority of Plastic surgeons prefer doing Breast Augmentation surgery under general anesthesia because of its safety, accuracy and comfort of the patient. When a doctor performs his Breast augmentations under local anesthesia in his office surgery room it may mean that local anesthesia may be the ONLY choice of anesthesia he can offer because of his training, board certification and issues in his past, he is not allowed to operate in a local hospital or surgery center.
By having surgery under such conditions, you will be subjecting yourself to a surgeon which the local hospital is not willing to risk exposing its patients to. Is this really a great deal? Think long and hard.
2. A nurse anesthetist (CRNA) – which must be supervised by a doctor. Or
3. Doctor (anesthesiologist).
Either of the other anesthesia choices is acceptable. Some people prefer the increased safety (and cost) of having a MD (anesthesiologist) providing their anesthesia.
- FACILITY (OPERATING ROOM) CHARGES – A really cheap facility should be another red flag. It may signify the room your procedure is done in is not equipped properly and may not adhere to national standards of safety and sterility. For your safety make sure YOUR operating room facility is either MEDICARE or AAAASF certified. These organizations perform inspections and demand high standards of safety and performance. However, maintaining and complying with such Federal and State regulations is expensive
While having surgery in a Medicare or AAAASF certified operating room is much safer than having your surgery done in a non-certified facility, this safety comes with a higher price tag. This increased safety comes at a price. Is YOUR safety and well being worth taking a risk for? Saving on?
Now you know everything you should know when evaluating Plastic Surgery fees and charges.
Good Luck in your journey for self-improvement.
Dr. Peter Aldea
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