How Much Does A Breast Augmentation Cost And Why Do Prices Vary So Much?
On an average day, I get at least four or five requests for the price of a breast augmentation. I have learned that patients seeking this surgery are often price-sensitive and looking for the best deal. If you see an ad in the local newspaper for a breast augmentation for $3900 and call an office only to be told it’s $6500, it leads to more questions. Why is there such a difference? What should I really be paying?
I can’t tell you what to pay for your breast augmentation surgery, but after 24 years of consulting for Dr. Larry Pollack, I can offer you some great information in your search for a doctor. First of all, keep in mind that this is major surgery. You are not getting a haircut or a manicure. Searching for a good price is important, but it should not be the most important factor in your decision. Below is a breakdown of the costs associated with breast augmentation surgery:
Surgeon Fees: Typical surgeon fees for this procedure can range from $2500 to $4000 nationwide. This pays for your doctor’s expertise and time, your office visits, and all of your care.
Breast Implant Fees: Breast implants come from only two manufacturers. The cost averages about $800 to $900 per pair for saline implants and $1800 to $1900 per pair for silicone gel. This is what it costs to buy the breast implants for you.
Operating Room Fees: This is where fees will vary greatly. The cost depends on the facility and the time it takes the physician to perform the augmentation. Most discounted procedures are performed in an “office facility” or the doctor’s own surgical suite. Make sure to check the accreditation and the safety factors of the facility and don’t choose to have surgery in someone’s office clinic.
Anesthesia Fees: This will vary as well. Most surgeons will perform breast augmentation under general anesthesia. It is best to have your anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. This is not an area where you want to cut corners.
All this being said, you should expect to pay about $5500 to $6500 for saline and $6500 to $7500 for silicone gel implants (in the San Diego area). If you find them being offered for less, make sure to ask what is included and what’s not, and don’t be afraid to ask for a breakdown of the cost. Most importantly, choose a doctor you are comfortable with, and whose staff you like, you are going to be spending a lot of time with them!
Happy Breast Aug Hunting!