Becoming Well Informed about the Cost of Breast Augmentation

Understanding the cost of breast augmentation is a an important consideration for anyone consider a plastic surgery procedure.  This is of course no different with breast augmentation, and is one of the more common questions that we are asked here in the office.  Whenever someone begins considering a surgery the question of whether or not it is affordable is usually right near the top of the list.

In order to assure that as a patient you are both well informed and confident in your decision we have created this post to outline the items that you should look for on your quote when you meet with your doctor.  Also we will touch on some of the ways that we make this popular procedure less costly than many people realize.

Typical Breast Augmentation Pricing Varibles:

Breast augmentation is usually estimated on three or four different aspects.  This being said, it is crucial to understand each aspect when considering your surgery so you are informed about what is included with your quote, as well as what may not be.

  • Professional Fees
    • This is the fee that is paid to the surgeon for his or her services
    • Implant Costs
    • Typically the cost of the implants are priced separately as you have some choices here.   Silicone implants are often more expensive than saline. Newer, popular anatomical implants such as Allergan’s Natrelle Style 410 are the most costly.
  • Surgery Center Fees
    • These fees are paid to the surgery center or hospital your doctor chooses to perform your procedure. These fees may or may not include:
    • Anesthesia
    • Nurse technicians
    • Additional surgical supplies
  • Other Possible Expenses
    • Medical clearances
    • Pathology/labs
    • Blood work
    • Medication
    • Post surgical garments

So What is the Average Cost of Breast Augmentation?

The average cost of breast augmentation is a great benchmark to help you understand where your quote stands.  Luckily the group RealSelf, an independent cosmetic treatment review, has done the work for us.  Using actual patient data from local reviews they have determined the typical average cost to be between $3,000-5,000.

Cost of Breast Augmentation

Feagin & Owen Plastic Surgery breast augmentation price will vary between $3,400 and $4,200 depending on a few things including:

  • Choice of physician
  • Choice of implant type
  • Promotions and/or available rebates

Payment Options

Most cosmetic practices including Feagin & Owen Plastic Surgery provide choices for payment plans.  This helps to make the procedure feasible for many of us who don’t happen to have $4k with nothing else important to spend it on!

CareCredit is often recommended at Feagin & Owen because they offer a variety of payment plan options that usually best help make a breast augmentation surgery in reach for our clients. “No Interest” financing is a common route that offers you both installment payment plans and the same total cost.  Visit CareCredit’s website and check out the online payment calculator!

Additionally it can be challenging if you have less than perfect, or even bad credit and you’re seeking approval for a financing plan. If this is your case we recommend a co-signer. A cosigner with better credit will significantly help your odds for approval and usually will mean a larger credit limit.

Financing options are great but if your circumstances do not allow there is always the tried and true credit cards, which may provide no interest payment options as well. We recommend to check out NerdWallet which keeps a list of ideal credit card offers in this regard: www.nerdwallet.com/the-best-credit-cards

Other Factors That Can Affect the Cost of Breast Augmentation

While we have covered the main points above there are still common variations of breast augmentation surgery that can affect price:

  • Breast Implant Exchange
  • Capsulectomy
    • This includes the removal of scar tissue that may have resulted from a previous augmentation and could be required with an implant exchange
  • Capsulorrhaphy
    • This is the process of re-suturing the pocket where existing implants are set
  • Breast Lift or Mastopexy
  • Breast Reduction
  • Having both a Breast lift and breast reduction are different procedures and are in most cases more expensive.  

What about insurance?

Usually cosmetic breast aug surgeries are not be covered by your insurance, with two exceptions. The cases insurance companies may acommidate involve a deformity or absence of a breast or breasts entirely. Often this results from birth, but not necessarily and it is a different procedure entirely after a mastectomy, referred to as breast reconstruction which may be covered by insurance.

In all cases for Feagin & Owen Plastic, and most other aesthetic practices, require payment for services at the time of surgery.  We can help you prepare the documentation necessary to submit for insurance reimbursement. Clients that are wondering about insurance reimbursement are advised to contact their insurance company directly.

For More Information…

As always we’d love to help with any questions! We offer complimentary consultations. For more information or to schedule an appointment you can reach us at (334) 793-7211 or by submitting your online inquiry on our contact page.

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Plastic Surgery in Dothan, Alabama

Drs. Feagin and Owen are both board-certified plastic surgeons by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This means they have additional training specifically in the techniques of cosmetic plastic surgery. In addition, they have significant experience in plastic surgery. Dr. Charles A. Feagin founded his practice in Dothan in 1983, the first board-certified plastic surgeon to establish a practice in the southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia, and northwest Florida area. Dr. William Owen, Jr. joined the practice in 1990. Drs. Feagin and Owen also continue to improve their knowledge about plastic surgery through continuing education, including attending seminars, reading the most current literature, and visiting other plastic surgeons.

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