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What is the Cost of Breast Augmentation?

April 15th, 2013 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

36 year old mother of 1 child, at 5’3″ tall and 120 pounds, had a bilateral breast augmentation using Mentor normal-saline breast implants with a base size of 300 ccs inflated up to 325 ccs. bilaterally. 


San Francisco, California-The cosmetic plastic surgery procedure breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty, remains the number one procedure and has been since 2006, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

In 2006 when the FDA allowed silicone implants to return to market, 81% of women still chose saline implants. Today that has almost reversed, for 2012 72% of women chose silicone implants over saline according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). Most women prefer the more natural feel of silicone over saline. At the time of the initial consultation, Dr. Delgado reviews all the pros and cons of each breast implant, helping the patient decide which is best for her.

The cost for breast enhancement like any other surgery is affected by geographical area and the experience of the surgeon. In determining the surgical fee, besides the surgeon’s fee, is the fee for the implants, facility where the surgery is to be performed, garments, supplies, Keller Funnel if applicable and the anesthesiologist’s fee.

For Dr. Delgado, the fee for breast enlargement surgery with saline implants is $3000, with silicone implants it is $3500. The cost of saline implants is $1300, and the cost for silicone is $2000, plus $135 for the Keller funnel. The garment is $50, supplies $100. The surgery generally takes 2.5 hours at a cost of $1750 for Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, and $750 for the anesthesiologist. The total then is $6950.00 or $8285.00 respectively.

Be sure to choose your plastic surgeon carefully, make sure he/she is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery as one or more revisions are likely through a woman’s lifetime. Revision surgery is more complicated than the initial surgery. Dr. Delgado has done hundreds of primary and revisional breast surgeries. About a third of his breast surgeries are revisional and in many cases he was not the initial surgeon.

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