Beverly Hills, CA (PressExposure) April 18, 2012 -- Calculating The Cost Of Breast Implants
For potential breast augmentation patients who are trying to determine the cost of breast implants it can be quite difficult to find a definite price listing anywhere on the internet. Breast augmentation is a procedure that, in the US at least, isn't covered by insurance (except in rare situations involving breast cancer and mastectomies), and yet it seems next to impossible to find definitive figures on the cost of the procedure. The fact of the matter is, if you want an explicit figure there are simply too many factors involved in determining the exact price for a website or even a plastic surgeon to be able to give you a quote that can efficiently represent exactly what you will pay. The best way to get an idea of your costs is to look at the individual expenses and build a package based on what will likely be included in your procedure.
What Are The Basic Costs For Breast Implants?
While implants themselves are expensive they make up only a small part of the expenses patients can expect. The two FDA approved implant types in the US are made with saline and silicone. Both saline and silicone implants consist of a high quality elastomer silicone shell and are filled with saline and silicone respectively. Most providers make little if any money on the implants themselves. There are only 2 FDA approved manufacturers of implants in the US, Allegran and Mentor. Implants are generally sold as a pair and the industry average is reported to be around $1200, however saline based implants can often be found for slightly less and silicone implants often cost slightly more. Patients could expect to pay up to $1600 for the implants alone, prior to any procedures or services whatsoever.
There are a number of other costs that slowly add to each procedure to determine the final cost. Some common expenses include the rental of a operating room or surgical facility if the surgeon does not have their own surgical facilities. The cost of renting a surgical facility can vary greatly depending on the owner, the location and how long it is being used. For the time necessary for a standard breast augmentation procedure (1-3 hours) the average usually amounts to around $1000. A surgeon must also provide and pay a surgical staff, including an anesthesiologist and nurses. There is a long list of necessary equipment, cleaning fees, anesthesia (~$800), and instrument sterilization. This does not included the fee the surgeon charges for their own time and work. Factors that go into determining the surgeon's personal fees can include things like reputation and experience. Even the educational institution the surgeon attended may be a factor for some patients. Neither does the cost so far include fees that keep the surgeon's practice in operation, such as the office fees and an office staff. Maybe you're starting to see how involved it can be to estimate prices for a surgical procedure when so many individual fees add up to the final cost. These fees can vary in the thousands of dollars dependant on each of the factors discussed above and a hundred more that detailing here would result in an endless unreadable list of miniscule and unintelligible tools and services that would be completely lost on most non-medical professionals.
By far one of the most cohesive cost factors in the pricing strategy of many cosmetic breast implant surgical providers is location. Surgeons have the choice of where they will be located and must carefully select their location. Depending on location a surgeon and their practice will be forced to deal with a number of price factors that have been set by surgeons already practicing in the surrounding area. The location of your surgeon may be one of the most important factors in determining not only the price of your breast implant surgery but the quality of service as well. A cosmetic surgery practice in Torrance or Manhattan Beach does not face the same market as practices in Hollywood or Beverly Hills. When location is factored in along with all of the other variables the cost of a breast implant procedure can range from around $3,000 to more than $15,000 dollars. To get the most accurate quote it is essential to make a consultation with a cosmetic surgery provider who can give you personalized quotes based on an examination and that surgeon's specific operating costs.