6 Factors That Affect the Cost of Breast Augmentation

Woman holding breast implantsIt probably comes as no surprise that one of the first questions asked by virtually all breast augmentation patients is about the cost of the procedure. This is true regardless of the patient’s budget, and we always explain the various factors influencing the cost of breast augmentation in Gilbert, AZ, and the Phoenix area.

Nationally, the average price of breast augmentation surgery is between $6,000 and $7,000, according to RealSelf. The cost of an initial breast augmentation procedure (not revision surgery) at our practice ranges from $4,900 to $6,500. Perhaps more importantly, 98% of the breast augmentation patients who use the RealSelf site say the procedure was “worth it.”

Total surgery costs will depend on the geographic location of the practice—getting breast implants in Los Angeles is typically more expensive than what you’ll pay in Missoula, Montana, for example—along with the qualifications and experience of the plastic surgeon. But there are other, more generic factors that usually affect the price you pay for breast augmentation.

Here’s a look at 6 of those factors:

Timing: The time of year can play a role in the cost of breast augmentation and other body contouring procedures. Many people choose the winter to get implants because they typically have more time off and it’s a good time to wear layers of clothes—which makes it a good time to recover. You may actually find better prices in the spring or summer.

Type of implant: Saline implants are much less expensive than silicone implants, and smooth silicone implants are much less expensive than the textured silicone ones. Because textured implants are associated with a very rare form of lymphoma, few plastic surgeons offer them at this point. Even though the cost of the implant and how it relates to your budget is important, your personal preference about the look and feel of the implants should be the primary factor in the choice you make.

What level of anesthetic is used: Most breast augmentations are performed using a general anesthetic, but some surgeons may offer a local anesthetic plus sedation, which is a less expensive option. I use a general anesthetic when performing breast augmentation.

Time in the OR: One of the fees paid by patients is for the time in the operating room. The time needed for breast augmentation is typically consistent, but if for some reason the procedure lasts longer than expected, the additional surgical time can increase the cost.

Choosing fat transfer instead of implants: Fat transfer is a technique that involves taking fat from another area of the patient’s body and using it to augment the size of their breasts. Harvesting the fat is done with liposuction, which increases the cost of the surgery. And, because the surgery involves 2 separate procedures, it takes longer to perform. Again, the time in the OR is an important factor in the total cost.

Post-Op items: These aren’t big-ticket items (prescription pain medication, garment bras, and scar cream or silicone gel sheets) but they add up. It’s always good to know the “out-the-door” price before surgery.

Again, even though every patient’s budget is unique, it’s not a good idea to choose a plastic surgeon based on the cost of the surgery. Your health and getting results you love are too important. You can browse our gallery of before-and-after photos to see actual patients’ results.

If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon in Gilbert, AZ, to perform breast augmentation, use our online contact form to request a consultation or call one of our offices at (480) 466-7355 (Gilbert, AZ) to schedule an appointment.


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