It is impossible to give you a single monetary number for you to aim for when considering a breast augmentation. There are multiple variables that can affect the cost of your breast augmentation.
First, there is the cost for the surgeon himself. It goes without saying that you should only use a board certified plastic surgeon. Usually, a more experienced surgeon will charge more for his/her services. Although some patients will fly to destination medical centers, such as India or Thailand, I personally think you are taking a huge risk. It is especially problematic if you have problems following surgery and then expect a surgeon here in the US to be able to address complications you acquired by your surgery in another country. The price for the surgeon will vary by geographic region. You can expect to pay more in a place like New York City compared to a smaller town in the South. It should also hopefully go without saying that rarely will a decent plastic surgeon put his services on a discount website like Groupon. This is not an oil change for your car. Although it is reasonable to be aware of costs, not all surgeons are equal, and you should never select a surgeon on price alone.
Breast augmentation is done under a general anesthesia, so you will also need to consider the cost of the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthesiologist. There is also the cost of the operating room. Even if the surgery is done in the surgeon’s office, there is still an overhead cost associated with this which will be passed on to the patient.
Another factor is the type of implant used. Silicone implants cost more for the surgeon to buy, and again, this cost will be passed on to the patient, either directly or indirectly. Additionally, certain types of silicone implants can cost more than others. However, contrary to what many patients think, the size of the implant does not affect cost – only the type of implant.
Some women will also need a breast lift. If a woman’s breasts are significantly saggy (the medical term is “ptotic”), you must have a lift to get your desired look. Also depending on how much ptosis there is, different types of lifts will add to the time and cost of the surgery. If the surgery requires more time, then so will the surgeon, the operating room and the anesthesiologist.
All of these factors contribute to why it is very hard to give you an accurate estimate of how much your breast augmentation should cost. When you see a plastic surgeon for a consultation, they should give you the total cost of your surgery and include these in the estimate.
Most surgeons, if not all, will include follow-up for a year or more at no additional expense.