What Is The Cost Of Breast Augmentation?

Q: Dr. Eppley, How much does a breast augmentation procedure cost? On one site, I read about cohesive gel. What is that? Is it better than silicone or saline implants?

A: The typical cost of breast augmentation varies based on whether one uses saline or breast implants. The cost of a pair of breast implants, which is included in the total fee for the procedure, adds anywhere from $1,000 to $ 2,200 to the composite total fee. Saline breast implants cost less than silicone breast implants because the implants cost less. In general, silicone implants are better than saline because they will last longer, do not develop rippling and the breast will not deflate immediately should the implant develop a hole or a rupture in its shell. These benefits explain why the cost of silicone implants is higher. The term ‘cohesive gel’ is a generic term that really applies to all silicone breast implants today. It means that rather than being a silicone liquid, the silicone is more congealed or is an actual gel. It does not flow like a liquid but acts more like a ‘gummy bear’ candy. This material feature explains why the silicone implant does not deflate should it rupture and why it feels more natural than a bag of water. (saline)

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana