Cost of Breast Implants

Breast implant cost consists of a few factors: the implant cost, the implant placement, the breast implant incision, and what type the implant is, smooth vs textured.

Bust implants can be inserted in many different ways; this makes it so it can be very difficult to answer the question of how much a breast implant surgery will cost. Breast Augmentation Costs will vary widely from surgeon to surgeon and procedure to procedure. Some variables that will affect the cost include the skill of the surgeon, the surgeon’s location, the type of implants, whether the surgery is done in the doctor’s office or in a hospital, what type of surgery you choose, and what type of anesthesia is used.

Implant Cost

The implants themselves are not cheap, and typically their cost is folded into the overall cost of the surgery. The average total cost for bust implant surgery ranges from approximately $4,000 to $10,000. The typical cost for the implants themselves is $1,000 to $1,300; the fee for anesthesia is typically $600 to $800. The fee for the facility typically ranges from $800 to $1,200. The remaining cost is the fee for the surgeon.

Implant Placement

Surgery for bust implants can be approached in one of a few ways. One approach involves the insertion of the bust implant under the breast. This placement is called “submammary.” Another approach involves inserting the bust implant under the chest muscle. This is called “subpectoral.”

Breast Implant Incision

The surgeon’s choice of where to cut can also affect cost. An incision can be made under the breast at the breast fold, at the edge of the areola (the brown area around the nipple), within the areola, in the armpit, or even in the umbilical area. The thinnest, least visible scar is usually a result of an incision in the areola. The umbilical incision will involve using an endoscope (a tube with a light, a fiberoptic lens and tools for placing the implant).

Smooth vs Textured Implants

There are two types of bust implant, smooth and textured. The smooth bust implants normally require a large pocket. About ten percent of the time they can cause capsule contracture—a tightening of the scar around the implant, which causes excessive firmness or hardness. The smooth implant can also ripple or wrinkle occasionally, giving the skin above it a wavy appearance.

Textured implants are far less likely to cause capsule contracture; with textured bust implants it happens only three percent of the time, but far more likely to cause rippling (up to nine percent of the time).


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