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Breast augmentation

2013-07-25

With the view of  providing our audience with informative subject matter relating to plastic surgery, ClearPoint Medical is pleased to post a series of articles on the most common cosmetic procedures.

The first article deals with Breast Augmentation, the most popular cosmetic procedure since 2006. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (www.plasticsurgery.org), 286,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in 2012.

Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase fullness and projection of the breasts or to improve symmetry of the breasts. Clinically referred to as augmentation mammaplasty, the procedure is used cosmetically to:

  • Enlarge a naturally small breast, most commonly the result of heredity
  • Restore breast volume lost following pregnancy, as a result of breast-feeding or due to weight loss
  • Achieve better symmetry when breasts are moderately disproportionate in size and shape.
 
 

According to ASPS statistics, the national average surgeon/physician fee for breast augmentation in 2012 was $3,543. This fee is an average only and does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

Breast augmentation costs may vary based on the surgeon's experience, the type and cost of breast implants used, as well as geographic office location. As an elective surgery, the cost of breast augmentation is a consideration for many patients.

Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask. As an elective surgery, the cost of breast augmentation is a consideration for many patients.

Cost may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Aesthesia fees
  • Breast implant cost
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests

Most health insurance plans will not cover cosmetic breast augmentation costs, related complications or another surgery to revise the appearance of your breasts. Some carriers even exclude breast diseases in patients who have breast implants. You must carefully review your health insurance policy.

Satisfaction involves more than a fee

When choosing a plastic surgeon for breast enlargement or breast enhancement, remember that the surgeon’s experience with breast implants and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.