When it comes to breast augmentation research, many of our New London and Mystic patients want to know about the cost of the procedure. This is understandable—plastic surgery is certainly both a physical and financial investment. However, because many factors play into the final cost of any plastic surgery procedure, there is no set price for breast augmentation and quotes can vary across the country.
By knowing what to expect and how to budget, you can plan for your breast augmentation surgery in confidence. Here are 5 common factors that influence the cost of breast augmentation.
Just as no two patients are alike, no two surgeons are exactly the same. The cost of your breast augmentation may change depending on the skill level of your doctor. An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon with excellent reviews may charge more than an inexperienced doctor at a new practice. Most patients don’t mind paying a little more to ensure they get the safe, satisfying results they deserve.
Type of Implant
The two main types of breast implants are those made of saline or silicone. Saline implants are much less expensive than silicone implants, and smooth silicone implants are less expensive than textured silicone versions. While your main priority should be choosing an implant that will create a look you love, it’s also helpful to be aware of how materials impact cost. Your surgeon can walk you through your options and explain the pros and cons of each implant choice.
Time of Year
You might be surprised to learn that the season you schedule surgery may affect the overall cost. When it comes to breast augmentation, many women choose to get implants in the winter because they often have vacation time for the holidays. The colder months are also popular since you can recover while “hiding” beneath layers of clothes. If you’re looking for a better price, consider undergoing treatment during spring or summer when breast augmentation is slightly less popular.
The main cost of any surgery is performing the procedure itself. However, there are plenty of other fees that can add up if you’re not aware. One of the fees paid by patients is for time in the operating room. The time needed for breast augmentation is typically 1 to 2 hours, but if for some reason the procedure takes longer than expected, that additional time can increase the cost.
Your plastic surgery journey isn’t over once you leave the operating room. For example, you may receive post-op items from your doctor to support your healing process. Some of these items will likely include a surgical bra immediately after surgery to support your breasts while they settle into place. Your doctor may also provide you with scar creams or pain medicine after your procedure, depending on your personal needs.
Most surgeons will provide you with a personalized price estimate after your consultation. You should feel free to ask questions about your price estimate to be sure you understand all that it includes. This information will help you better prepare your procedure budget.
Our team is always happy to answer your questions and explain more about our surgical process. If you’re interested in breast augmentation in the New London or Mystic area, please request a consultation online or call us at (203) 689-5295.