Breast augmentation and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgeries are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation was the No. 1 procedure performed in 2008, and tummy tuck was No. 5. The cost of breast augmentation and abdominoplasty can vary greatly, depending on several factors. All candidates should be aware of the importance of educating themselves on all aspects of the procedures, including the cost.
Patients wishing to have breast augmentation surgery have two choices in implants today: saline or silicone. In May 2000, the Food and Drug Administration approved saline breast implants for breast augmentation and reconstruction in women 18 years and older. In 2006, the FDA approved a new silicone gel implant for women over age 22. Two companies, Allergan and Mentor, manufacture and sell these saline and silicone implants in the United States. The first tummy tuck was performed in 1899 by a gynecologic surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Like augmentation, abdominoplasty has evolved greatly over the past century. Plastic surgeons today are required to stay current with techniques and education regarding all surgeries.
Breakdown of Cost
It's important to consider the entire cost of augmentation and a tummy tuck. Generally the plastic surgeon's office will present you with a price quote for the entire surgery. This price is usually an all-inclusive estimate and involves the cost of the implants, the surgeon's fee, the cost of the hospital or surgery center, cost of any healing bandages and supplements, and the cost of the anesthesia. Based on these factors, the total cost of the surgery can greatly vary; for example, the fees charged by surgeons and anesthesiologists vary, as do those of hospitals.
Varying Cost of Breast Augmentation
According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the total cost of saline implant augmentation surgery in the U.S. ranges from about $4,700 to $9,000. The total cost of silicone implant augmentation surgery in the U.S. ranges from about $6,800 to $11,000. The silicone implants are newer and generally more expensive than saline.
Varying Cost of Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty is a more invasive procedure than breast augmentation and can often take longer for the surgeon to perform. Therefore, it can be more expensive. The total approximate cost of a tummy tuck in the U.S. ranges from about $9,000 to $15,000.
Other Factors to Consider
The costs above are averages and estimates. It is important to understand that each surgeon has his or her own pricing. Prices can depend on the region you live in and the experience of the surgeon. Some surgeons will perform the tummy tuck and augmentation procedure together as one surgery, and some will insist on separate surgeries. Researching the cost of plastic surgery in your area is important. Be wary of those who offer a very low price---but you also don't necessarily need to choose the most expensive surgeon. Make sure your surgeon is board-certified in plastic surgery and experienced in the procedures. Schedule a consultation with several surgeons and interview them. Don't be shy when asking important questions about the surgery--it's YOUR body.