At some point in planning for a breast augmentation, our Connecticut patients inevitably want to know How much will it cost? With breast augmentation, the quote here at Plastic Surgery Center of Fairfield is almost always in the range of $6,000 to $9,000, total.
Why such a big range? After all, we perform hundreds of procedures in any given year. It comes back to one of the virtues of plastic surgery: Your procedure is personalized. It’s uniquely yours, from the implants you choose to their placement to the incision method. And because every procedure is different, the price varies, too.
Factors in Breast Augmentation Pricing
If you’re price comparing between several practices, you may well find prices outside our price range — lower or higher. Keep in mind that you’re not necessarily comparing apples to apples. Here’s why.
1. Location, Location, Location
It’s a truism that applies as readily to plastic surgery as it does to real estate. Any price — for anything, really — is influenced by where you’ll be making the purchase. While we haven’t investigated it, it’s fair to assume that our price range may be quite different from a surgeon in Alaska or Arizona, for example. You can actually get an idea of breast augmentation price by location in the U.S. from the Breast Augmentation Cost Map on Realself.com.
Many patients will travel for cosmetic surgery, either for a surgeon with whom they feel more comfortable, or in some cases, what they perceive as a better value.
2. Time in Surgery
This is a significant factor in the cost difference among patients. The many variables of each procedure (e.g., incision location, type of implants, placement of implants) also affect how long the surgery will take, and the use of general anesthetic comes at an hourly charge. That’s a big part of why we feel more comfortable quoting a price range until we know the specifics of your procedure.
3. The Cost of Implants
Breast implants themselves also matter when determining the cost of an individual procedure. Women have more choices than ever when it comes to implant material, implant shape, and implant texture, and those choices come with distinct pricing.
As a general rule for estimating purposes, breast implants can range from $1,000 to $3,000. Saline is the least expensive, and highly-cohesive, “gummy bear” silicone implants are the most expensive.
While that difference sounds significant, we always tell patients to remember that they will be enjoying their results for many years to come. The difference in price should never dissuade you from choosing the implants you want.
4. The Surgeon
Finally, when researching breast augmentation, keep in mind that the price should always be secondary to a careful assessment of the surgeon’s skill and expertise. Above all, be sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for your procedure. The rigorous standards set by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are in place to protect patients and assure them that the surgeon they’ve chosen is adequately qualified to perform the procedure safely and effectively.
Beyond that, it’s best to do some research with an eye toward the surgeon’s past work. Check for before-and-after photos that match the look you want, and be ready to ask your surgeon how to make that look possible for you.