Prices range from as little as $2,500 to as high as $15,000. There are several factors that go into the price of breast enlargement surgery.
- Geographical area is probably the most likely factor to affect the price of breast enlargement surgery. Prices tend to run lower in regions where the population is less affluent on average, where cosmetic surgery is considered less necessary, but also where competition is more prevalent.
- Surgeon availability is another important factor in price setting. A surgeon whose schedule is entirely booked for months on end, will generally “skim the top,” in terms of patients who can afford higher prices. This does not mean there is no one out there who can do as good a job. It means that a particular surgeon knows he or she can get a certain amount of money for his or her breast augmentations.
- Another important part of the ultimate cost that is passed on to the patient is whether or not the plastic surgeon owns the facility at which the breast enlargement surgery is carried out. Although part of the facility fee may then go to the owning surgeon, it may be set substantially lower than a facility fee that would be paid to a third party such as a hospital or operating center when carrying out the breast enlargement surgery.
- A factor related to the facility fee is whether or not the surgeon prefers to use general anesthesia, or to employ the services of an anesthesiologist, or whether the plastic surgeon favors surgeon administered sedation with regional blocks for carrying out breast enlargement surgery. Obviously, the addition of an anesthesiologist or even a certified nurse anesthetist will add cost to breast augmentation. It is important to realize, however, that paying for an anesthesiologist does add a certain measure of safety, regardless of what anyone may tell you to the contrary.