You may be looking at the mirror, thinking on having breast augmentation. Women and even men can get breast implants to make their breasts bigger and fuller. That can be done for reconstructive purposes, such as after mastectomy for breast cancer, or for cosmetic reasons. However, before you undergo this procedure, you must think whether the benefits overcome its costs. We list down a few things you need to consider below.
MoneyThe cost of this operation is typically pegged at 3,525 USD - 9,200 USD, 6,450 USD in average. Costs depend on surgeon, geographic region, and the complexity of the procedure. If you’re particular, the breakdown is as follows:
- Saline $1000 or Silicone $2000
- Medicare approved Facility $1000
- Anesthesiologist MD/DO $600
- Professional Fee $2000 - $3000
Because it is a cosmetic procedure, health insurance usually doesn't cover breast augmentation, related complications or another surgery to revise the appearance of your breasts. (Source)
TimeThe procedure doesn’t only cost you money but it also costs a lot of time. The procedure only takes one to two hours. And like most surgeries, the general anesthesia would probably keep you in slumber and “pain-free”. However, the healing part is the tricky part. The healing process of breast augmentation may take time. The surgeon will be cutting under the breasts, on the armpits, or around the nipples. This all depends on the type of patient, the type of augmentation, type of breast implant (read: ParagonMedical.com.sg/articles/breast-augmentation-choosing-the-right-implant) and the scope of augmentation. This means that a patient would have to take it easy after the breast augmentation surgery. This may mean time away from work and other important affairs. It’s very important that a patient plans ahead regarding these matters before undergoing this procedure.
ChangesPerhaps, the biggest cost of breast augmentation is dealing with the changes that your body will undergo.
- Changes in sensation in the nipple and breast
- If you’re a mom, it may be harder to breastfeed
- Breast augmentation can also affect you emotionally. Melancholic feelings can be due to medication, the trauma of undergoing surgery and pain.
- Swelling and tightness can occur after surgery which allows the breasts to appear larger than the final result
- Changes in posture have also been reported
The first weeks can be really difficult– physically and especially emotionally after any cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation is no exception. Although several factors may be involved causing this including underlying stress, medications, psychological tendencies, etc - many women experience a sequence of emotional feelings "Emotional Rollercoaster" following aesthetic surgery - but it does pass. (Source)All in all, if you’re ready for breast augmentation despite the costs of the treatment, then by all means, do it! The surgery may be a great way to increase satisfaction and quality of life. Done successfully, this may be the best decision that you can make in your life.