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Breast Augmentation Explained: What Affects the Cost?

February 3, 2016

Breast Augmentation Explained What Affects the Cost

When you’re in the process of researching who to pick as your surgeon and where to go for breast augmentation, it can quickly become overwhelming. Where do you begin? You’ll probably look at tons of before and after photos, reviews, videos and ask around for personal recommendations before you make a decision.

Another important and unavoidable factor is cost of the procedure. Many people who consider breast augmentation consider the price tag. The costs can vary greatly—the average cost in Toronto is $8,675. Have you ever wondered why that is? There are many factors that contribute to the cost of the procedure.

The Different Factors That Affect the Cost of Breast Augmentation

The Facility:  Where your procedure is performed matters. Breast augmentation could be performed at a hospital, outpatient centre or a doctor’s office. The cost of performing the surgery at a hospital is significantly more compared to an outpatient centre.

Surgeon’s Fee: A surgeon’s fee is dependent on geographic location and on the surgeon’s experience. Less experienced surgeons may price this procedure lower compared to a surgeon who has several years of experience. Newer surgeons may have more availability and are willing to take on surgery at a lower cost.

Anesthesia Fee: Patients are put under general anesthesia for breast augmentations. The person who’s putting you under affects the total cost. An experienced anesthesiologist will ensure the safety and comfort of the patient throughout the procedure.

The Breast Implant Type:  Silicone breast implants cost more than saline implants. Silicone implants feel more natural and ripple less. The shape also affects the price (round vs. teardrop implant). Cost also varies depending on the manufacturer of the implants.

Know the total cost of the procedure by looking at the total fee. This fee should include the surgical fee, anesthesia fee, surgical facility fee, cost of implants and follow-up care. Sales tax is also charged on the surgery.

Breast Augmentation Before and After at SpaMedica Toronto

How to Finance Breast Augmentation

Some people spend time saving up money to pay for their cosmetic procedure. Some parents pay for their teens’ breast implants as a gift. But if these aren’t options right now, know that you can get the surgery financed easily.

Just like making payments on your car, you can make payments on plastic surgery procedures. If you don’t want to pay a whole sum at once, then you can break it down with monthly payments. Medicard is a financing option (and the one that’s available at SpaMedica) that covers medical, dental or veterinary procedures. You can finance the procedure anywhere from 6 months to 6 years.

Choose Wisely

You shouldn’t pick your doctor based on price. The common saying (and it’s one that many doctors agree with) “you get what you pay for” applies here. Even though you might be compelled to an unbelievably affordable cost for breast augmentation, think about why it could be so cheap. Is it because of the facility? Is the surgeon experienced and board-certified? Is an anesthesiologist or an inexperienced individual in charge of the anesthesia?

The bottom line:  Research! Pick a surgeon that you trust and feel that can deliver the results you’re looking for. In the end, you want to choose a surgeon who can show his previous work and deliver high-quality results.

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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