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How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost in San Francisco?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Whether you are looking to boost what mother nature didn't give you or to restore lost volume after breastfeeding, breast augmentation can help you enhance the size and shape of your breasts.

In this article, we'll answer one of the most common questions we're asked: How much does breast augmentation cost?

Breast Augmentation: How Much Does It Cost?

The honest truth is that there is no single cost for breast augmentation, as the procedure varies from patient to patient.

There are 4 main factors that determine the cost of breast augmentation:

  1. The complexity of your procedure
  2. The type of implants selected
  3. Your surgeon
  4. Your geographic location

Let's take a look at each of these individual factors in greater detail so that you can understand how the cost of breast augmentation is determined.

Two More Quick Questions

1. The Complexity of Your Procedure

Every breast augmentation procedure is different, as no two people are the same (except for, perhaps, identical twins, but even identical twins could have different goals!).

Here are the most common reasons women choose to get breast implants:

  • Breasts are too small
  • Breasts are uneven (asymmetric)
  • Breasts are misshapen
  • Breasts are deflated after having children

For most patients, breast augmentation is a procedure in which silicone or saline implants are inserted beneath the breasts to add volume or fullness.

In select circumstances, adjunctive procedures or maneuvers are needed. Some patients may require correction of tubular breasts, constricted breasts, asymmetric breasts, or other issues.

In general, the more complex the procedure, the higher the cost.

No matter how straightforward or how complex your procedure is, breast augmentation is a procedure that requires the utmost skill, attention to detail, and artistry in order to achieve consistently beautiful and natural results.

2. The Type of Implant

Breast implants come in a variety of materials, shapes, sizes, and textures. Each type of implant has a different cost:

  • Implant material (e.g. saline vs. silicone) - A pair of silicone implants generally costs about $1,000 more than saline implants.
  • Implant shape (e.g. round vs. shaped) - A pair of shaped silicone implants generally costs about $1,000 more than round silicone implants.
  • Implant texture (e.g. smooth vs. textured) - A pair of textured silicone implants generally costs about $1,000 more than smooth silicone implants.

An alternative option for breast augmentation is using your own fat. Fat transfer breast augmentation costs more than using implants, but you get the double benefit of having a sculpted body from liposuction.

3. Your Surgeon

Individual surgeons charge different fees, depending on their experience, skills, and demand. The old adage "you get what you pay for" is often true, as the best surgeons tend to be the most expensive. The most reputable surgeons with a track record of performing safe, stunning, and beautiful breast augmentations often charge more than their less skilled counterparts.

Be careful of choosing a surgeon with low prices as that may be a sign of a poorly skilled surgeon, a surgeon who lacks proper credentials, and/or a surgeon who takes shortcuts that could put you at higher risk of having a botched procedure.

Be especially sure to steer clear of doctors claiming to be plastic surgeons (e.g. emergency room doctors or general surgeons calling themselves cosmetic surgeons) who perform breast augmentation. As you might guess, many of these doctors are offering breast augmentation at "below market" rates — as low as $3,000.

Besides lacking the right knowledge, training, and experience in plastic surgery, these doctors do not have hospital privileges to perform the procedure. As a result, you are more likely to get subpar results or even worse, suffer from complications.

Carefully check credentials and references, look through before and after photos, and do your homework. Your appearance is a lifelong investment. Make sure to select your breast augmentation surgeon accordingly!


4. Your Geographic Location

The cost of surgery can be influenced by your geographic location. In general, the cost of surgery tends to be less expensive in areas of the country where the cost of living is low.

In cities like San Francisco and New York, where the cost of living is high, the cost of surgery is higher than the national average.

Higher prices might not seem desirable, but keep in mind that elite cities like San Francisco are home to some of the best plastic surgeons. In fact, many patients fly into San Francisco from all around the world to get access to the best of the best.

Other Costs to Consider

Our goal at 77 Plastic Surgery is to help you understand what to expect with everything related to your procedure including costs.

We don't have hidden fees. However, this may not be true for all surgeons. It's important to be aware of all the costs related to surgery so that there are no unpleasant surprises or hardships.

Here is a full list of possible expenses for breast augmentation:

  • Surgeon's fees
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Facility (Operating Room) fees
  • Implants
  • Medications
  • Aftercare
  • Time for recovery
  • Transportation
  • Medical evaluations, diagnostic procedures, or tests (as needed in select circumstances)
  • Implants or other special supplies or equipment (as needed in select circumstances)
  • Cost of treating any complications (as needed in select circumstances)

The Bottom Line

In San Francisco, breast augmentation typically costs between $16,000-$24,000.

If you’re ready to discuss the financial aspects of your specific procedure, your next step should involve talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon. After a thorough assessment and careful evaluation of your needs, you'll be able to gather a more accurate price range.

If you desire financial assistance, we offer a range of financing plans for breast augmentation. You can even choose to pay monthly if that better suits your budgetary needs.

Take our free online breast enhancement self-evaluation to see if you're a good candidate for breast augmentation. It only takes a few minutes to complete, and we'll send your results to your inbox.

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About the Author

Dr. Larry Fan is a Harvard educated, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco, CA. He is a Master Artist who is known for creating beautiful, stunning, and natural results. Dr. Fan has been named One of America's Top Plastic Surgeons for the past 10 years running and has received several national awards for his work in Plastic Surgery. He has successfully performed more than 10,000 cosmetic procedures of the face, breasts, and body over a 20 year period. Dr Fan has been an invited speaker at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, and has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, NBC, and ABC.

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