If the shape or size of your breasts is leaving you less than satisfied with your appearance, breast augmentation procedures make it possible to achieve the look you desire. As the most sought-after cosmetic procedure in the US, breast augmentation offers you a range of options from which to choose. The multitude of choices also means the cost of breast augmentation can vary considerably depending on the type of procedure you choose.
While cost may well be an essential factor, it’s equally important to ensure the doctor you choose can deliver the results you want. Dr. Jane Weston has the training and experience needed to help you pick the option that works best for you while ensuring the result is what you expect. Understanding the factors that most affect the cost of breast augmentation can give you a better idea of what to expect.
What Does a Breast Augmentation Procedure Involve?
Breast augmentation offers a range of different options and results. For this reason, much of the process centers around the planning stages where you and your doctor discuss the overall look and feel you want to achieve. Not surprisingly, cost can vary based on the type of augmentation you choose.
Breast augmentation costs can fluctuate based on the following factors:
- Type of implant, with the choices being silicone gel, saline-inflatable or cohesive silicone
- Placement of implant, which can go under the chest muscles or over the chest muscles
- The shape of the implant, whether it is smooth, round, contoured or textured
- Incision location, be it along the areola or under the breast fold
Each of the above factors produces a different look and feel. Dr. Weston conducts a comprehensive assessment and planning process to ensure the results you get are the results you want. From there, the doctor will walk you through each step of the process from the procedure itself to what to expect during recovery.
Factors That Affect Breast Augmentation Cost
Type of Implant Used
A breast augmentation procedure not only increases the bustline but also balances and enhances your body’s proportions. The type of implant used will affect the overall shape of the breast as well as its firmness and feel. In turn, cost differences between the different implant types factor into the cost of the procedure.
There are two types of implants: saline and silicone. Saline implants contain sterile salt water while silicone implants contain silicone gel. Silicone products feel more like a natural breast, though saline-based implants do still provide a uniform shape and feel. Saline implants also cost less than silicone ones.
Extent of the Surgery
The extent of the surgery has to do with the degree of difficulty involved. Where the implant will be placed, the incision pattern used and the anatomy of your body all affect how extensive a breast augmentation procedure will be. To ensure optimal results, Dr. Weston takes the time to understand the look you want while determining which methods will best deliver the desired outcome.
Your Surgeon’s Experience and Qualifications
As a general rule, the more training and experience your doctor has, the more expensive a breast augmentation procedure will be. Training and experience directly affect the quality of the result. In this respect, the likelihood you’ll be pleased with the outcome depends on your doctor’s skill and experience. Dr. Weston specializes in cosmetic surgery of the breast, face and body and is board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery. If you’re considering breast augmentation, these are the types of credentials you want to see in a doctor.
Location of the Surgery
The type of facility and location of the surgery will have a considerable impact on the total cost of breast augmentation. Facility types include:
- Hospital operating rooms – most expensive
- Ambulatory surgical centers – mid-range
- Private surgical suites – least expensive
More affluent areas, such as California and New York are far more expensive than rural-based areas when it comes to plastic surgery. This same trend applies to the type of facility, meaning hospital operating room costs in Utah will be less expensive than what’s charged in New York. Dr. Weston performs breast augmentation procedures in an outpatient setting, which greatly reduces the overall cost in spite of the facility’s California locale.
Choose A Doctor That Can Deliver the Results You Want
The cost for a breast augmentation procedure can range anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. While the temptation to pay as little as possible is there, you’re not only paying for the procedure itself but also the result. Considering the complexity involved with breast augmentation, complications can arise at any point during the procedure and also during recovery.
Ultimately, your doctor’s experience and expertise will be the determining factor when it comes to getting the results you want. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Weston has the training and know-how to produce the results you expect without sacrificing your comfort and safety. To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Weston, call Atherton Plastic Surgery today at 650-363-0300.