The Cost of Breast Implants: What Exactly Am I Paying For?

If cashing out thousands of dollars for an elective procedure isn’t an easy occurrence for you, then I can relate! The cost of breast implants around the world are rising, and if you’re wondering why, this article is for you.

Nowadays, anywhere between $3,000 to $10,000 is a normal amount to pay for a breast augmentation—with some celebrity plastic surgeons charging a whopping $30,000. Since this is a HUGE gap, lets talk about the breakdown of these costs and where they come from.

 How much do breast implants cost?

How much do breast implants cost?

The Breast Implants Themselves

I mean come on... How much could this little silicone pod filled with salt water or silicone really cost?

You might be surprised!

While the price depends greatly on the manufacture, your plastic surgeon is probably paying between $650 and $1500 for a pair of saline breast implants. Two silicone breast implants could run between $1000 and $3000.

Side note: It is widely accepted that the manufacturer of your breast implants does not matter as much as a skilled plastic surgeon. This is because all of these approved manufacturers of implants are meeting similar requirements set forth by the FDA.

 How much does a breast augmentation cost?

Anesthesia During Your Breast Augmentation

Unless you’d like to approach this procedure with your eyes open (you don’t) then your going to have to pay that anesthesia fee. Some surgeons lump this fee in with the general cost, but most will list it as a separate line item.

Between $500 and $1500 is a normal amount to expect here. This fee will cover the medicine that puts you under and the practitioner who monitors your vitals while you’re asleep.

Facility Fee

This cost covers the nurses, operating room, supplies, disposables and other expenses incurred by the facility for your procedure. $500 to $2000 is a common range to expect with this fee.

 How much does a breast augmentation cost?

The Surgeon's Fee for a Breast Augmentation

Often times this fee isn’t itemized out, but included with your main implant cost. I’ve said it many times before, but its worth saying again…

Finding the right surgeon is imperative!

This cost could easily range from $1000 to $4000. Or if your last name is Kardashian, you might be considering a surgeon who adds a whole extra zero to the end of that number :-)

Thoughts from Dr. Glenn Davis

Great article. There is a lot that goes in to the cost of your surgery. That's why it always makes me a little uncomfortable when someone tells me they are also considering going to someone for half or less of the cost.

I know how much it costs just to build a team, support safe practices, run a certified OR and use high quality implants. And so when I hear that another surgeon is offering the surgery for $5000 or less I find myself wondering. . .where are they skimping?