Pre-op consultations are an important part of the process in any cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast augmentation. The cosmetic surgeon will discuss various aspects of the procedure with the patient, including the estimated costs. The goal is to help the patient make an informed decision. As an experienced plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Paul McCluskey ensures that his patients are fully apprised of the cost aspect at the time of initial consultation.
Basic Cost Related Queries
During the initial consultation for breast augmentation, the patients should ask a few basic questions to clarify their doubts, including questions related to the cost of procedure. The questions may include some or all of the following:
- What is expected total cost of the breast implant procedure?
- Does the cost estimate include or exclude the costs of breast implants, medical tests, post-op visits and surgical garments?
- What about the anesthesia costs and the costs of the surgical facility?
- Are any financing options available via the office of the cosmetic surgeon?
In most cases, breast augmentation is performed as an elective procedure for cosmetic purposes. Therefore, the cost may not be covered under the patient’s health plan. However, if the procedure is performed for restorative reasons following a mastectomy or breast injury, full or partial costs may be covered by the health insurer.
As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. McCluskey will address the patient’s queries with regard to various aspects adequately. Patients in and around Atlanta, GA may consult with him for breast augmentation and other procedures.
The cost of breast augmentation may be broken down into several components as follows:
The breast surgeon may charge a fee according to their qualifications, experience and recognition in the field of breast surgery. The fee may range from $4,500 to $6,500 in most cases. The fee may also depend on the complexity and length of the procedure involved.
Cost of Breast Implants
Saline implants may cost between $1,500 and $2,000, while silicone implants will usually cost above $2,000. Some of the new qualities of highly cohesive silicone implants may cost more because of the use of advanced technology and materials.
Anesthesia and Operating Room Costs
The fee charged by the anesthesiologist and the operating room expenses may usually cost in the range of $3,000 to $5,000, depending on several factors. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) suggests that patients should choose the most appropriate plastic surgeon and practice for a procedure such as breast augmentation, and surgeon’s fee and other costs should only be a secondary consideration.
Overall Cost of Breast Augmentation
The overall cost of breast augmentation procedure may be anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000, accounting for various cost components and different factors. The national figures released by the ASPS for 2013 suggest that the average cost of breast augmentation was $3,678 in the U.S. However, this quantum excludes the costs of anesthesia, operating room costs, and other related expenses. Monetary figures vary from one practice to another depending on various factors.
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