Let’s say that you’ve been dreaming about getting breast implants for months, maybe even years now. Hopefully, you have done your due diligence online, researched a few different plastic surgeons in your area, and booked a breast augmentation consultation to discuss your options. There are any number of things to consider before moving forward including:
- Choosing the right plastic surgeon
- Type of breast implant
- Breast implant size and shape
- Placement of your breast implants
- Breast Augmentation Cost
Experience & Breast Augmentation Cost
As a Board-Certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery, I am sensitive to the fact that cost is always a consideration for my patients. A breast augmentation can be an expensive investment, depending on the plastic surgeon that you choose as well as the geographic area where he or she practices. However, a breast augmentation is not the time to pinch pennies. Choosing a well-qualified and experienced surgeon such as a Board-Certified plastic surgeon may be expensive, but it is also the best way to guarantee that you get the exemplary results that you want without increasing your risk of post operative complications. The latter can not only wind up costing you more, but may even endanger your health.
How Much Should a Breast Augmentation Cost?
If you’d like to undergo a breast augmentation procedure with me in either my Boston or Brookline offices, the total cost will vary anywhere from $8,000 to $9,500. The reason for this price differential is that there are four main components to determining your breast augmentation fee. These include the:
- Cost of your breast implant
- Surgeon’s fee
- Anesthesiologist’s fee
- Hospital or surgery center fee
As discussed, the surgeons fees may vary depending on experience. The same holds true for anesthesia and surgery center fees. It is critical that your surgery be performed as safely as possible. This will reduce the risk of a post operative complication such as capsular contracture. So, make sure that your plastic surgeon operates with a board certified anesthesia team in a certified and accredited facility.
Choosing the Right Breast Implant
Breast implants can also vary in cost. But again, this is not an area where you want to skimp. Choosing the right type, size and shape implant for your unique anatomy, lifestyle and needs is the single most important thing that you can do to make certain that you are happy with your results. What’s more, you should only work with a plastic surgeon who uses FDA-approved breast implant devices. Risking your health by placing an untested device into your body is not worth it. I promise.
Meet with a Few Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons
It’s always in your best interest to meet with two to three Board-Certified plastic surgeons in your area. Not only may the fees vary, but everyone of us has our own individual style and personality. The relationship between plastic surgeon and patient is extremely personal so while you should choose someone who is highly qualified, you also want to pick the plastic surgeon who best aligns with your aesthetics and personality. If you desire a natural looking result, for example, you want to make certain that your definition of natural aligns with your surgeon’s. And it’s a good idea to include the office staff when making your decision. It’s best to work with a team who is going to make you feel the most comfortable and safe.
If you meet with a plastic surgeon who quotes you an extremely low price, I recommend that you ask questions. Why is the price so low? Is something not being included in the quoted fee? Sometimes, a qualified plastic surgeon will reduce the usual fee because he or she needs to fill his or her schedule. This can often happen during an “off season” for a procedure such as the summer months for a tummy tuck. In general, however, a breast augmentation is a year-round procedure.
Bottom line, be smart and buyer beware.
To find out more about the cost of a breast augmentation with Dr. Sean Doherty at his Boston or Brookline office, contact us today or call (617) 450-0070 to schedule a consultation.