Written by Emily McBride (last updated May 18, 2020)
The price for breast implants ranges from about $3,000 to as high as $10,000. In most cases, insurance will not cover the price of breast implants because it is a procedure that most choose to do rather than need to do. There are exceptions, however. Insurance will often cover breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Other cases vary and depend on the insurance company.
Because insurance does not cover the cost, you will need to! There are many factors that go into the price of the surgery, so do your research! It may be tempting to use the cheapest surgeon you can find, but be wary. Perhaps there is some truth to the saying that "you get what you pay for." It is a personal decision, but spending less money may not be worth the risk of receiving a bad job—especially if it is so bad that you will end up paying more to get the problem corrected. That is not to say, however, that you need to pay for the most expensive procedure you can find. Make sure that you carefully research surgeons before you decide on one. There are some things that you will need to pay attention to are things like credentials, education, board certification, and if you feel comfortable around him or her.
Another thing to look out for is the fine print. Sometimes the prices that are advertised are only a fraction of what you will end up paying. Make sure that you are getting prices for the whole procedure, including the surgeon's fee, the anesthesiologist's fee, the facility fee, and the implant fee. The most expensive fee is the surgeon's fee, so if you see a cheap price for implants, it may not necessarily mean a cheap procedure.
One factor that influences the price of the procedure is the geographic location. Some areas are more expensive than others. The United States and the United Kingdom are some of the more expensive countries for breast implants. Cheaper countries include the Philippines, Brazil, Argentina, and Thailand. If you are considering going to another country, make sure that you research the surgeons because it can be risky. Also factor in the cost of traveling to another country, as that can add on so much money that it is not even worth it.
Another factor that influences the price of the procedure is what type of implants you are receiving. For example, the price may be influenced by whether you are receiving silicon-gel-filled or saline-filled implants. The best way to get your money's worth is to do your research before you go under the knife.
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