What is the total cost of breast augmentation surgery?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast augmentation surgery (augmentation mammaplasty), is $3,947, based on statistics from 2019.
This is the base price for average breast implant costs across the United States. This does not include the price for anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related costs. In other words, the average prices for breast implants can actually be much higher—between $5,000 and $10,000.
Factors that can vary how much for breast augmentation
There are a number of things that can go into breast augmentation surgery costs in 2021. One factor that could contribute to an increase in breast implant costs is the pandemic and its effect on the economy.
In addition to a potentially slower manufacturing process that could make certain types of implants harder to find, there is a cost associated with the extra precautions needed for sanitizing the consultation room and the surgical suite before and after visits or the surgery.
Additional cost factors
Other factors that could contribute to breast enhancement surgery cost include hard costs—such as how much experience the surgeon has, the types of implants you want, and the cost-of-living in the state where your surgery will be performed—as well as soft costs such as medical tests, post-surgery garments, prescription medications, and others.
Why consider it?
Just as there are a number of factors that can contribute to average breast implant cost, there are even more reasons why a woman may opt to have the surgery.
Some may just want to add to the size and shape of their breasts to increase their confidence, others may want reconstructive surgery after having a mastectomy because of breast cancer.
Types of implants
There are two basic types of implants that can be used for breast augmentation: Silicone and saline. There are some other structural implants that can be used and there are various pros and cons for each.
The best way to find what will work best for you is to meet with a qualified plastic surgeon for a medical evaluation, and to get a better estimate on prices of breast augmentations.
The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) requires that women be at least 18 years old for saline breast implants, and at least 22 for silicone.
Your surgeon will also discuss other factors that contribute to a patient being a good candidate for breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, it is still surgery and there are always potential risks involved, including:
- Changes in the sensitivity of the breasts and/or nipples
- Difficulty with breastfeeding
- Implant structural rupture and leakage
Recovery after Breast Augmentation surgery
Patients may feel pain and swelling around the surgery site for a few days following the surgery. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to control any discomfort, but your doctor may prescribe pain medication. Your surgeon may also insert drainage tubes after the surgery which can be removed after a few days.
You may need to wear a surgical bra during the healing process and you should refrain from any heavy lifting for four to six weeks. Your surgeon may allow some easy, low-impact activities such as walking during your recovery.
Under normal circumstances, you should be able to enjoy your implants for many years to come with very little maintenance needed.
However, they are not meant to last a lifetime and may need to be removed if you encounter any complications.
It is also recommended that women who opt for silicone implants should get an MRI three years after the surgery, then every two years following to check for leakage.
Dr. Inzhili K. Kitto is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon in Richmond, Virginia. She specializes in putting her patients at ease—especially her female patients—to provide a calm and relaxed atmosphere in both her office and the surgical suite.
Call Dr.Kitto at 804-294-1777 Or schedule your initial consultation with her and She will perform an exam to evaluate your frame and form, and she will attentively listen to your wishes and expectations.
She will then provide a recommendation on the type and size of implants she feels will best help you reach your goals. Get started today.