Ballpark Estimate: $4,000 to $8,000
Want bigger breasts? There are many ways to get them. You can gain weight, get pregnant, and then keep your pregnancy-sized breasts by nursing your baby. However, if you don’t want to gain weight or get pregnant, there’s always the obvious option: get breast implants.
Fifteen years ago, the concept of “working with what you’ve got” for smaller cupped women meant using a padded push-up bra. In the late 80’s and 90’s, breast implants were most commonly seen in warmer climates and in professions where these purchasable assets could equate to increased “hireability” or increased tips.
Women living in small towns across America could flip through lingerie magazines or watch TV shows with well endowed women running on beaches with their perfectly symmetrical breasts remaining perfectly still and think – “well, I could look like that too if I had fake breasts”. Getting breast implants seemed an unattainable goal for any woman with an average salary living outside major metropolitan areas where breast implants weren’t common.
Today, due to the advent of makeover reality shows that routinely use cosmetic plastic surgery as a means for women to attain their ideal body, breast implants are increasingly becoming more commonplace and more available to a wider audience.
Demand dictates supply and a growing number of plastic surgeons with new techniques and material for breast augmentation are stepping up to the plate. In fact, breast implants are becoming the “unwrappable” gift of choice for some parents, boyfriends, husbands or sometimes even a gift to yourself.
The price for breast augmentation is not cheap, and unless it’s part of reconstructive surgery for breast cancer or injury, insurance probably won’t cover it- which means the costs will be out of pocket.
Medical Costs for Breast Implant Surgery
- Anesthesia Fee: $600 to $800 (varies by type of anesthesia used)
- Facility Fee: $800 to $1,200 (varies by office and hospital)
- Surgeon’s Fee: $3,000 to $4,000 (breast implants costs are normally included in plastic surgeon’s fees)
lastic surgeon’s fees vary by region, skill, and type of breast implant (saline or silicone gel) and method of placement used. Silicone breast implants are generally about $1,000 more in total costs.
Potential extra breast implant costs to consider are prescriptions, medical testing, post-surgical exams (some surgeons do not include these in surgical fee).
Breast Implant Removal Surgical Fee is about $1,000, removal only, plus above facility and anesthesia fees, or around $3,000.
Corrective Plastic Surgery is usually about the same as, if not more than the original surgery.
Disclaimer: If you’re considering breast augmentation, do not rely solely on the following information. Consult with your personal physician.