Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation is a major cosmetic surgery, which ought to be performed only by an experienced surgeon at a recognized surgical facility. While safety and quality continue to be the undisputed prime factors, but for a number of women, the dollar figure of the procedure still remains a starting point while considering breast augmentation.
Dr. Neal Handel is a leading plastic surgeon with nearly four decades of experience in the field. During the initial consultation process, Dr. Handel will discuss all aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs. His first goal is to help the patient make an informed choice. Dr. Handel receives patients for breast augmentation from Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding areas.
What is the Average Cost?
As a customizable procedure with cost variations in key components such as breast implant qualities, the overall financial amount of breast augmentation can vary from one patient to another. Several other factors will also influence the cost. In terms of average cost, the national average cost of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery in 2014 in the US was $3,708. This is the figure provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
However, the ASPS clarified that this cost is exclusive of the costs of anesthesia, operating facility costs, and other surgical expenses. When all such dollar figure components as well as additional expenses such as the price tag for prescription medications, medical tests, mammograms, surgical accessories and post-surgical visits are considered, the total cost may range from $7,000 to $14,000.
Where the Practice is Located
Practice location is a major factor in determining the overall monetary amount of breast augmentation. In large cities as well as the ones located along the East and West Coasts, the average dollar figure of living as well as the cost of real estate is usually higher. This will reflect in higher costs of most goods and services, including plastic surgery. Therefore, the financial impact of breast augmentation in Beverly Hills, California may not be the same as the dollar amount in, say, Arizona.
Breast Implant Costs
Silicone gel based implants will usually cost about $1,000 higher as compared to traditional saline implants. Some of the latest versions in FDA approved highly cohesive and form stable implants, which are also known as gummy bear implants, may cost about $2,000 to $3,000 higher as compared to saline implants.
Fee Charged by the Surgeon
The plastic surgeon may charge a fee for breast augmentation procedure on the basis of qualifications, experience and reputation in the field of breast surgery. According to the ASPS, it is important to choose the right surgeon for such a major procedure, and factors such as the surgeon’s fee should only be a secondary consideration.
Insurance and Finance
The cost of breast augmentation may be covered by the health insurer only if the procedure is performed as a medical requirement following a mastectomy or as a part of breast reconstruction. Other patients can explore multiple financing options, such as compassionate finance from private medical financing firms. Such finance is usually available at competitive interest rates and easy monthly installments.