Breast enhancement surgery cost is determined by a few main factors, namely the surgeon's fees, the cost of the implants and hospital charges. As the procedures for breast augmentation vary depending on the individual's requirement, such as breast enhancement, breast enhancement with lift, ptosis (sagging breast) correction etc. so do the prices. Depending on personal choice, breast enhancement has a varying degree of surgical costs. Women are advised to confirm the costs in discussion with their plastic surgeon.
Generally, the cost of breast enhancement depends on the location where the surgery is performed, whether the surgery takes place in a hospital or a private health care facility, the surgeon's fee, cost of implants, the type of surgery chosen and the kind of anesthesia used. Implants are available in different sizes and the choice of implant depends on the amount of existing breast tissue, chest size and individual preference. Implant costs vary based on the make, quality and type of breast implant. Other charges may include anesthesia and surgical charges. Therefore, be notified about the cost before thinking 'How to increase breast size'.
The average cost of the procedure using quality, US FDA approved implants, is around Indian Rupees (INR) 1 to 1.5 lakhs. However, the cost differs from surgeon to surgeon and even hospital to hospital, and therefore an accurate prediction of the costs involved for individual breast enhancement is not practical. While it could be possible that cheaper options are available, it is recommended that the individual invest in a well qualified and experienced surgeon and high quality breast implants for long-term, aesthetic results.
A breast enhancement surgery would typically cover hospital stay, nursing and diet charges, routine lab fees for pre-op tests, admitting consultant's visit fees, plastic surgeon's fees and OT charges. All this, including the cost and type of implants themselves - for instance silicone implants or saline implants used - prescription medications costs, and post-operative garments costs, all determine the overall cost of the procedure.
Although the cost of breast enhancement should not be the determining factor in choosing a good breast surgeon, patients need to be well informed about the overall financial cost and ensure the best possible outcome through such a procedure.
Because it is considered a cosmetic procedure, breast enhancement is usually not covered by medical insurance. Some insurance companies may cover breast enhancement done for reconstructive purposes, but patients have to entirely bear the costs of the cosmetic breast enhancement. Also, insurance companies will not pay for MRIs done on breasts after the breast enhancement surgery.
An important point to keep in mind, with regard to the cost associated with breast implant surgery, is that the patient will need to purchase a set of two implants.
As noted above, there are a number of considerations when it comes to breast implants. These include aesthetic value, safety and durability. Breast enlargement surgery is not a one-time affair, and any complications arising from the surgery are usually not covered under insurance. It is important to discuss all the possible costs beforehand.
Disclaimer: This article is for general awareness and should not be considered as medical advice. Consult a qualified plastic surgeon for exact guidance.