The cost of breast augmentation plastic surgery procedure is one of the more important starting points for many patients looking for ways to enhance their breasts. However, it’s critical to recognize that cost alone cannot be a primary factor in choosing a surgeon.
Breast implant surgery is a major procedure, which should only be performed by a highly qualified and experienced surgeon. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Baumholtz provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Shavano Park, San Antonio, Texas, and surrounding locations.
Breast Augmentation Surgery: Cost Components
- Surgeon’s fee
Cosmetic surgeons have a unique approach to performing breast enhancement. They have different levels of experience and different resources at their disposal. The surgeon you choose will have a significant impact on the total surgery cost.
Board-certified plastic surgeons cannot typically cut their fees drastically because of the high cost of investing in latest technology, maintaining their practices, and meeting ongoing education requirements.
- Type of surgical venue
Surgeons have the option to perform the breast augmentation surgery in ambulatory centers (ASC), private surgical suites, and hospitals. ASC are modern care facilities designed for outpatient procedures that don’t need an overnight stay. Most surgeons prefer ASCs since they are an economical alternative to hospitals. Typically, an ASC and a hospital will charge as per the time needed for completing the procedure and its complexity.
- Type of breast implants
Saline, silicone gel, and cohesive silicone breast implants cost differently. The breast implants you choose will have a direct impact on the end results of your breast augmentation plastic surgery. The following three types of implants are available in a range of shapes and sizes:
- Saline implants are usually the cheapest and contain a saltwater solution
- Silicone implants can be twice as expensive as saline implants and contain silicone gel
- Cohesive silicone implants (gummy bear implants) have the most natural feel and cost much higher than silicone or saline implants
- Anesthesiologist’s fee
Breast augmentation is usually performed by placing the patient under general anesthesia. You may need to pay an additional charge as anesthesiologist’s fee. The anesthesiologist may charge the fee on a per hour basis. You should not settle for an anesthesiologist that charges an inordinately low fee. They may be less trained or the quality of anesthesia being used is not optimal.
Breast Augmentation may not be Covered Under Insurance
Insurance companies, in general, don’t provide coverage for breast enhancement and other elective procedures performed primarily for cosmetic purposes. Breast augmentation is not a medically necessary procedure and hence not covered by insurance.
Financing and Payment Options
You should discuss your budget for the procedure with the surgeon during the initial consultation. You should also inquire about any payment or financing options that the surgeon’s office offers.
Reputable cosmetic surgeons will not bring down the cost of treatment by cutting corners or compromising on quality. However, they do work with patients to make the procedure more accessible. The majority of practices accept third-party financing options.
These programs are designed to make it affordable to pay for medical procedures not usually covered by insurance. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Baumholtz receives patients from Shavano Park, San Antonio, Texas, and nearby areas for breast implant surgery.
To learn more about the Baumholtz Plastic Surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Michael Baumholtz please contact us.
Dr. Baumholtz receives patients from San Antonio, Shavano Park, Texas and surrounding areas.