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4 Important Factors That Affect the Cost of Breast Augmentation

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Choosing to undergo plastic surgery is both a physical and financial investment. It probably comes as no surprise that at our breast augmentation consults in Denver and Golden, CO, people often ask about the cost or price of breast augmentation. No matter your budget, understanding where your money goes is important. However, breast augmentation isn’t a “one size fits all” procedure, and costs depend on many factors.

Pricing for breast augmentation can vary widely depending on the location of the practice and the skill of your surgeon, but there are a few other general factors. 

#1: Type of Implant

For breast augmentation, our practice offers both saline and silicone gel implants. Both types are safe and FDA approved, but each has its own unique benefits and drawbacks. Saline implants are filled with purified saltwater, are the most affordable, and the volume can be adjusted after placement. Silicone implants have a more “breast-like” feel than saline and create a more natural look and feel, but come at a slightly higher price point. 

Choosing breast implants is a very personal matter. Your doctor will analyze your goals and help guide you towards the best option for your needs

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#2: Timing of Your Procedure

The time of year you undergo your procedure can actually play a role in the cost. For example, when it comes to breast augmentation and body contouring, many women want to show off their results by summer. This means that many patients choose winter to get implants to have enough time to recover and heal under layers of clothes. If you want to save a bit of money on surgery, you may find specials or promotions on breast augmentation during spring or summer. However, it’s important not to choose your surgeon based on bargain pricing (see below).

#3: Hospital Fees

When you pay for your plastic surgery procedure, your money isn’t only going to the surgeon and staff. There are also hospital or surgery center fees that are covered in the total cost of your treatment. One of the fees paid by patients is for time spent in the operating room. If your procedure takes longer than expected, you may have a slightly higher bill. 

There are also other surgery details that can factor into pricing, such as the type of anesthetic used during treatment. Most surgeons use general anesthetic, but some offer local anesthetic plus sedation, which can be less expensive.

#4: Post-Op Items

Your breast augmentation journey doesn’t end once you leave the operating room. Recovery is a process, and there are several smaller-ticket items that can stack up if you aren’t keeping track. Garment bras, scar cream, and prescription pain medication may all be suggested after surgery. While these items aren’t individually very expensive, it’s good to keep them in mind when planning your personal budget. 

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How Can I Save Money On Plastic Surgery?

While there’s nothing wrong with finding a good deal, first thing’s first: Don’t ever compromise your safety for the sake of saving a few dollars. Always choose an experienced, qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. 

After you find a doctor you can trust, consider some of these tips to help ensure you get great results at a reasonable price:

  • Sign up for specials: Many practices regularly run specials on injectables, skin care, and even plastic surgery procedures. If you have found a provider you’re interested in, stay in the loop by signing up for the practice’s email newsletter or social media announcements. 
  • Take advantage of cosmetic surgery financing: You don’t necessarily have to pay a lump sum before undergoing your procedure. A significant percentage of patients finance their procedures so they can have easy, convenient monthly payments. Browse our financing page to learn more about payment plans offered at our practice. 
  • Bundle procedures into one surgery: Breast augmentation is often combined with other procedures, such as a breast lift. If you’re considering more than one treatment, you can save money by bundling them into one operation. This also provides the added benefit of only needing one recovery period.
  • Find ways to save outside the operating room: There’s more to surgery than just time spent in the doctor’s office or surgical suite. You can reduce costs by having friends and family help with childcare during recovery, or by preparing and freezing healthy meals before your procedure.

Deciding on breast augmentation is a big decision, but don’t let the price tag hold you back. Our Denver and Golden, CO, practice is ready to help you no matter the size of your budget. Request a consultation online to learn more about your treatment options. 

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