With the advancement in technology and medical science, plastic surgery has made it possible to transform and correct just about every abnormalities and every part of the body. For women, wanting larger breasts for cosmetic reasons, there is breast augmentation surgery. This surgery involves placing implants under the breast tissue or chest muscle to increase the size of the breasts. In order to get an idea about the breast implant costs, one has to know what this surgery is. So, keeping that in mind we have come up with a few important steps involved in this procedure and also the price involved with it.
1. What is breast implant surgery?
A breast implant is a prosthesis or a surgical procedure that is used to alter the size and shape of a woman’s breast by placing implants under the breast tissue. The procedure also termed as breast augmentation, mammoplasty enlargement or augmentation mammoplasty,
a) Increases the breast size
b) Enhances the shape of the breast to address any asymmetrical or uneven appearance.
Now, the breast implant price depends upon several factors, some of them being the type of implants used in the procedure.
2. Types of breast implants
There are two basic types of breast implants;
a) Saline-filled implants
b) Silicone gel-filled implants
The Saline-filled implants are silicone shells that are filled with saline water. Some are readily available and some need to be filled during the surgery.
The Silicone gel-filled implants are silicone shells filled with silicone. Even if the Silicone implants do feel more like real breasts, but they stand a chance for leakage which is hazardous to health.
The saline-filled implants are the oldest kind of breast implants and due to this, they tend to cost less. Silicone gel-filled implants always cost about $1,000 more than the saline-filled implants.
3. Other factors that determine the cost
It is a difficult task to determine the cost of a breast implant. The surgery depends a lot on the choice of the patient and also on the type of implant they prefer.
i) If the patient prefers Silicone gel-filled implants then it will cost them more when compared with Saline filled-implants.
ii) Another factor that is a focal point of this discussion is the shape of the implants. Some patients prefer the “Shaped” implants and some prefer the “Round” implants. Most patients are familiar with the circular shape of breast implants and some are also aware of the pre-shaped implants that are made up of Silicone. The Silicone implants that come readily shaped most often resemble a teardrop to resemble more like the natural shape of the breast. Hence they cost a lot more than the round ones.
The average estimated price of a breast augmentation procedure ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. As this procedure depends upon several dynamic factors it cannot have a single and constant value. Curious readers may refer to their doctors or the nearest medical center to enquire about the price in their geographical location.