If you are thinking about getting a breast augmentation, one of the first questions you will face is whether you want saline or silicone breast implants. Silicone implants are more popular due to their natural feel and shape, but they are also more expensive than saline implants.
The best way to receive an all-inclusive quote for a breast augmentation with silicone implants is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your preferred location. Click below if you are ready to choose your breast implants in Nashville or Memphis, or keep reading to learn more about how to make sure you are quoted a fair price for silicone implants.
Cost of Silicone Implants
Let’s take a look at silicone implants, a popular choice for many women looking to enhance their breasts. Also referred to as cohesive-gel implants, silicone implants have certain advantages over saline implants, but they are also pricier. You may also have heard of form-stable implants or, more commonly, gummy bear implants. These are also a type of silicone implant made of highly-cohesive silicone gel that allows them to retain their form even in the unlikely event of rupture.
Prices for a breast augmentation with silicone implants vary among plastic surgeons, as well as among regions of the country. This is completely expected. As a point of reference, we can tell you that silicone implants tend to be between $1,000 and $1,500 more expensive than saline implants. This is due to the higher cost of manufacturing. While saline implants are made up of a shell that is later filled with an inexpensive sterile solution, silicone implants are pre-formed and filled by the manufacturer*.
==> If you see breast implants advertised for an incredible $2,900, this is most likely for saline implants, not silicone – with likely some other caveats as well, which we will get to below.
Additional Fees for Breast Surgery
It is our belief that you should not have to pay any additional fees for your breast surgery above what you have been quoted.
Unfortunately, not every plastic surgery practice sees it this way. Breast surgery prices often vary greatly depending on what is actually included. This is why you need to be careful when selecting your surgeon. You want to make sure that the price you are quoted does not change with the addition of previously unmentioned fees.
Let’s stick with the example above. You’ve found out that the advertised price was for saline implants, and that they charge $3,900 for the more expensive silicone implants – still a very attractive offer. But check the small print. You will probably see a disclaimer about a “facility fee” or a “surgeon fee”. Even anesthesia costs are not always included on a quote, which is crazy, right? No one wants you to undergo breast surgery without anesthesia. So why even quote it without?
==> When you see an amazingly low price advertised for breast implants, you’ll not only want to know if they are silicone or saline implants, you’ll also want to know if that price includes all costs or is subject to hidden surcharges that will only appear later when you’ve already committed to that practice!
Additional Cost for Bigger Cups
Once again, it is our belief that you should not be charged more for bigger implants. Which kind of implant you choose should be solely your choice. Your plastic surgeon is there to give you all the information you need so that you can make the best decision. If a practice charges you more for bigger implants, perhaps they’re not giving you the best advice as to what size might be best for you, aesthetically and anatomically.
Yes, there is a genuine cost difference depending on your implant material. As stated before, silicone implants are pricier than saline implants. But this is based on the manufacturer’s price, not the surgeon’s. Manufacturers do not charge differently for different sizes of implants, only different materials.
==> When you feel your breast implant quote is comparatively high, ask your surgeon if it is based on implant size. If so, you might want to get a second quote.
A Fair Quote for Silicone Implants You Will Be Proud Of
At NuBody Concepts, we believe in being upfront with our patients. Our all-inclusive breast augmentation prices (as of August 2022) start at $4,900 for saline implants and $5,900 for silicone implants. This includes IV sedation for maximum comfort and a fast recovery. We say “start at” because your particular situation needs to be taken into account. You might have previous implants that need to be exchanged, or an additional breast lift might be advisable to ensure the best outcome. Again, you will not be charged any additional fees once you have your quote in hand.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons in Nashville and Memphis have over 20 years of experience performing breast augmentations and other cosmetic surgeries. Click the pink button now to schedule a personal consultation!
We hope we’ve helped you understand what to look for when budgeting your silicone breast implants. It’s an exciting transformation to boost your confidence, and we wish you all the best for your journey.
* At NuBody Concepts, we carry breast implants by Mentor, Sientra, and Ideal.