The Cost of Breast Augmentation: Why You Could End Up Paying More Than You Think

You want to get breast implants. Maybe you’re unhappy with your size. Perhaps you’ve had children and after breastfeeding you’ve noticed that your breasts just don’t stack up the way they used to. Whatever your reason, getting breast implants goes far beyond shopping for shape and size; you have to consider the total cost of your breast augmentation.

8 Hidden Costs of Breast Augmentations

Before you schedule a date for your breast augmentation procedure, be aware of the additional expenses that one can easily miss, including:

  1. Blood work
  2. Anesthesia fees (can be a flat rate or based on surgery time)
  3. Facility or hospital fees
  4. Surgeon’s fees by procedure (whether you plan to have a breast augmentation or couple it with a breast lift)
  5. Post-op prescriptions
  6. Post-surgery clothing and garments
  7. Travel and lodging expenses
  8. Recovery supplements

Even the type of implant you decide on—saline, silicone, anatomical, round, smooth, textured, etc.—can affect the overall price tag. If you didn’t think of these extras, it’s time you start looking at the true bottom line.

How Much Does a Breast Augmentation Really Cost?

One of the top questions on the JBI forum relates to cost. In fact, over 20,000 forum members all want to know how much they are going to pay for their breast augmentation. The answer to this question can be complex, but let us make it easier.

To start, we looked to the most trusted source in cosmetic surgical procedure: the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The ASAPS found that in 2014 the national average surgeon/physician fee for breast augmentations was $3,708. The problem is that the national average they show only considers the surgeon’s fee; it does not take into account all other fees, including additional costs listed above.

We wanted to hear from our doctors what they thought. So we asked them using our ‘Ask a Doctor’ feature. We posed this question: “What’s a ball park cost for augmentation?” The answers vary, but they give you an idea of what a breast augmentation with or without a lift could cost.

The team here at JustBreastImplants also conducted an effort to find the average total cost for breast augmentations by sifting through thousands of posts by real women describing their experiences on our forum. Out of those posts, 400 women living in various areas throughout the United States reported the full cost of their procedure. We took that information to create national averages for each region.

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The U.S. national average cost of $6,192 includes:

  • A surgeon fee
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Facility fees
  • Breast implants
  • Surgeon-provided post-op garment
  • Prescription medications

That said, the surgeon's fee, anesthesia fees, and facility fees will vary across the country, and even within each region. Locations with a higher cost of living will have higher surgery costs; for example, New York City or Beverly Hills.

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FOOTER Note: this is the sum of all costs for women across the country for their breast augmentation, and the sample includes women may or may not have gotten a breast lift with their breast augmentation. It is common that these two procedures are performed at the same time, but generally when a lift is included the cost will rise slightly or dramatically depending on your surgeon.

These graphics and the responses from our doctors are a great starting point, but there are still other things you want to keep in mind regarding cost. To learn about other considerations regarding financing, the cost of your new wardrobe and implant-specific costs, scan the JustBreastImplants’ articles.

Created October 2015

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