Breast Augmentation Cost
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to enlarge a woman’s breasts, and sometimes to alter their shape, symmetry, and texture, often by means of implants. Breast augmentation is highly customizable, and women undertaking such a procedure have many choices to make before they reach the operating table.
At your initial consultation, you and your surgeon will decide on the type of implants to be inserted, as well as their placement and the types of incisions that will be used.
Breast augmentation can vary widely from patient to patient, and a number of factors can influence the cost of breast augmentation. There is therefore no set cost for a breast augmentation procedure. The best way to accurately price your procedure is to book an initial consultation with one of our surgeons.
factors that can influence the cost
Some factors that can influence the cost of a breast augmentation procedure include the surgeon performing the procedure, the type of implants used, the number of combination procedures desired (i.e. breast lift), the type of anaesthesia, the implant and incision placement, and the type and extent of work to be performed.
Surgeons set their own prices according to a number of factors. When it comes to choosing a surgeon, the cheapest choice is not always the best choice, and patients are advised to avoid making decisions based on price alone. Cosmetic surgery is one area where there is no room for compromise. While a more reputable surgeon may charge more initially, having the procedure performed correctly and to your satisfaction is ultimately preferable to having to undergo multiple corrective procedures or worse, enduring complications that could result in permanent damage. Surgical fees can vary from surgeon to surgeon, depending on his or her expertise, specialty, seniority, and schedule. Simply put, a surgeon who is more in demand and renowned for performing high caliber work may charge more for his or her services, and a surgeon may feel comfortable charging a higher price based on the quality of his or her results.
The type of implants you choose may also have an impact on the cost of your breast augmentation procedure. While all breast implants available in Canada are encased in silicone, they are either filled with a silicone gel or a sterile saline (salt water) solution. Silicone-filled implants are generally more expensive than their saline counterparts, and choosing implants that are “anatomical” or teardrop-shaped can also impact the final cost. The size of your implants will not affect the cost of the procedure. There are currently two manufacturers of breast implants available in Canada: Allergan and Mentor. Patients are advised that breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, and that there is a risk that implants will need to be replaced due to deflation, rupture, or a number of other factors. The chance that replacements will be needed increases with time. Most implants have a lifespan of approximately 10-15 years.
Many women choose to undergo a breast lift procedure along with breast augmentation. While these procedures are easily and commonly combined, adding a breast lift will affect the cost of surgery.
Surgery Complexity and Implant Placement
More complex and extensive breast augmentation procedures tend to be more expensive, because of the risks involved and the level of skill required by the surgeon, as is sometimes the case when breast augmentation is undergone for reconstructive purposes. The placement of the implant can also have an impact on surgical costs, and submuscular placement of implants is generally more expensive than subglandular, because of the complexity involved. Similarly, incisions that are more technically difficult, such as transaxillary incision, can add to the cost of the procedure.
Surgery Type and Anaesthesia Choice
Another factor influencing the cost of a breast augmentation procedure is the type of procedure being performed. For example, revision surgeries which aim to correct past work may not be as expensive as a new procedure. The type of anaesthesia is also a factor that determines cost. While some very basic breast augmentation procedures may be performed under local anaesthetic, general anaesthesia is far more common. Because certain types of general anaesthesia require the presence of a certified anaesthesiologist, the final cost may be affected by the choice of anaesthetic.
Ultimately, it is important to do extensive research prior to undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery. Before going with the cheapest option, it is crucial to think about what you’re paying for. Included in the cost of your breast augmentation are the use of premier medical facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, and top tier certified specialist surgeons. While some women even travel abroad in search of cheaper plastic surgery options, other countries may not have the same rigorous safety standards and may be performing surgeries using contaminated, outdated equipment in facilities that are far from sterile. While they may be able to undergo cheaper procedures elsewhere, many women find that the peace of mind offered by a reputable clinic, which can ensure that every breast augmentation will be performed safely, correctly, and with minimal risk of complication, is more than worth the final cost.