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Did you know the national average cost of breast augmentation procedures have gone down since 2010?1 Learn about the cost of breast augmentation and explore your financing options.

If you’re interested in breast augmentation surgery, you probably want to know how much the procedure costs. Prices for breast augmentation can vary widely. Factors that contribute to the cost of breast augmentation surgery include the breast implant cost, where you live, surgery-related expenses (like anesthesia), and your surgeon’s fees. Continue reading to find out how much your breast augmentation may cost, how the type of breast implant affects cost, learn about warranties that add value, and discover patient financing options.

How much does breast augmentation cost?

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the professional medical society for plastic surgeons, the average cost for breast augmentation surgeon’s fees in 2011 was approximately:1

  • $3,694 for silicone breast implants
  • $3,308 for saline breast implants.

These estimates do not include additional surgery-related expenses such as:

  • Hospital or surgical facility fees
  • Anesthesia fees for surgery
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests, and other miscellaneous costs

When estimating your cost for breast augmentation surgery make sure to account for all of these fees. You should also ask the surgeon directly if these are all the costs involved in your estimate. Since there are no set costs for any of these expenses, it is important to explore multiple options by meeting with several surgeons and getting estimates for not only their surgeon fees, but also the additional surgical related expenses. A surgeon’s cost for breast augmentation may vary based on his or her experience. Where you are having your surgery can also influence all of these fees because demand and competition varies by city.

Our Surgeon Cost Questionnaire is a great resource for you to use in your surgeon evaluation. It will make sure you ask the right questions so there are no financial surprises on your journey to a new you. Use it in conjunction with our comprehensive Surgeon Finder tool to find the right plastic surgeon for you. Remember that the surgeon’s breast augmentation experience and your comfort with him or her are the most important factors for successful results.

What about comparing the cost of silicone and saline implants?

When considering cost as it relates to silicone versus saline breast implants, a key component to think about is the look and feel you are trying to achieve. Are you looking to go with a more natural look and feel, or would you prefer a substance that is a bit firmer but has a similar composition to the fluid which makes up most of the human body? Silicone gel breast implants are filled with a cohesive gel that holds together uniformly while retaining the natural give that resembles breast tissue. Saline-filled breast implants are filled with a saltwater solution similar to the fluid that makes up most of the human body but are slightly firmer to the touch. This is an important component to consider in your breast augmentation journey and one that should be discussed with your surgeon.

How do breast implant warranties add value?

Another component to consider is the breast implant warranty. Warranties add value to your breast augmentation package by protecting you from additional costs down the road. Some warranties are free with the purchase of implants. All MENTOR® Breast Implants come with a Lifetime Product Replacement Policy2 free of charge. Discover how you may save money by reading more about your warranty options.

What are my financing options?

For patients who are not able to pay for cosmetic procedures up front, there are patient financing options available. Financing offers patients the option to cut down the initial cost of surgery by allowing you to make payments that fit your budget. Some programs have low interest rates that allow you to pay off the total amount more quickly. Some surgeons may offer financing options through affiliate services within their practice, and others may encourage you to look at other financing providers to find the one that’s right for you. Speak with potential surgeons directly regarding costs of procedure and financing options available to you.

Contact local plastic surgery offices in your area and ask them about financing options.

Now that you know more about the cost of breast augmentation, it’s time to find your surgeon.

We’re here to help you easily find surgeons near you who specialize in breast augmentation and use MENTOR® Breast Implants. You’re also encouraged to ask your friends and relatives for recommendations, if you feel comfortable. Once you have contacted potential surgeons, use our comprehensive Surgeon Cost Questionnaire to guide you in getting the answers you need. Don’t be afraid to ask additional questions about issues that may be important to you, like “Do you use breast implants that are made in the USA?” And always request to see surgeons’ before & after photos.

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1 American Society of Plastic Surgery, http://www.surgery.org/consumers/consumer-resources/frequently-asked-questions/cost-surgeon-fees-per-procedure. Updated 2012. Accessed July 17, 2012.

2Lifetime Product Replacement Policy: Mentor will provide replacement Mentor product of any size in the same or similar style as the originally implanted product free of charge for the lifetime of the patient. Upon surgeon’s request, a different implant style may be selected (subject to a charge of the difference between product list prices). Refer to the Mentor Advantage Limited Warranty for eligibility and program details.