Breast augmentation, a procedure to enhance the size and shape of the breasts, remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for achieving an individual’s aesthetic desires. Similar to each person’s unique goals, the cost of breast augmentation surgery is specific to each case. In general, the average cost in the United States ranges from $5,500 to $12,000.* However, the average cost varies by city and state, as well. For example, breast augmentation costs in the Chicago metro area range from $6,995 to $8,995 while the average cost in Illinois is $7,223.** It is important to note these average costs may not include fees for the surgeon, anesthesia, surgical facility, and other related expenses.
Prior to undergoing the procedure, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the potential costs involved so the patient can make an informed decision. Read below to find out more about what may be included in the overall costs of breast augmentation surgery.
What Factors Influence the Cost of Breast Augmentation?
During an initial consultation, an estimate will be created based on a completely customized treatment plan. There are several factors to consider, including:
- Preoperative medical tests, such as a mammogram or bloodwork
- Surgeon’s fee (may vary based on credentials and level of expertise)
- Cost of anesthesia
- Augmentation technique (implant or fat transfer and profile)
- Implant material (silicone or saline)
- Additional procedures such as nipple/areola reconstruction, breast lift, or others that may be part of the overall treatment plan
- Postoperative care, pain medications, and follow-up visits
- Recovery garments, such as compression wraps/bras
A significant part of breast augmentation surgery costs can rely on where the procedure is performed. Typically, this will either be at a hospital (this may be more expensive) or at an outpatient surgical facility. The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago is equipped with a state-of-the-art, on-site operating room accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF). Our patients can have the peace of mind that their procedure will be performed in a facility considered to be part of the gold standard in surgical sanctions.
Will My Insurance Cover Breast Augmentation?
As breast augmentation is considered an elective cosmetic enhancement, health insurance policies usually do not cover any costs for the procedure. With that in mind, U.S. law does require many insurance policies to at least partially cover breast reconstruction (which may include the use of breast implants) for post-mastectomy or lumpectomy breast cancer patients.
It is important to remember that choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago should be selected based on their experience, training, surgical style, and surgeon-to-patient connection, in addition to budgetary factors. To learn more about breast augmentation, or to schedule a personal consultation and estimate, please contact us today. Our practice accepts a variety of convenient payment options, and we work with reputable healthcare financing companies that offer qualified applicants the opportunity to pay for their procedure over time.
*Medical References for Breast Augmentation Costs
ASPS: Breast Augmentation
GoodRX: Breast Augmentation: Insurance, Average Prices, and Procedures
**RealSelf: How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?