Breast augmentation cost - and finding prices near you
Whether you want to balance out uneven breasts, increase their size, or reconstruct them after surgery, breast augmentation might be the answer. You are not alone, as year on year it’s the world’s most popular surgery, with more than 1.7 million breast augmentations performed annually.
But what is the cost of breast augmentation and are there any hidden expenses?
The reality is breast augmentation surgery costs vary depending on several factors, and knowing what they are can help make the right decision for you.
Duration of results
10 to 20 years
Back to work
Full recovery time
6 to 8 weeks
23,000 SAR to 30,000 SAR
Local or general anaesthetic
How much does a breast augmentation cost?
Breast augmentation can be performed using either your own body fat or silicone implants – and which option you go for will affect the cost of your surgery. Some surgeons may offer to carry out a breast lift at the same time, if you are interested, but this will increase the price.
Average breast augmentation costs in Saudi Arabia can generally range between 23,000 SAR and 30,000 SAR.
However, because of all the different factors involved, the total amount typically varies from case to case. An exact cost for your surgery will be agreed after a consultation with a surgeon.
An experienced surgeon with great reviews and a widely respected reputation may charge more. All surgeons must be qualified and certified professionals regardless of their experience level, but an experienced surgeon will know the best practices, and understand how to perform the procedure in the safest way. This is certainly an area where paying more can be beneficial.
Breast augmentation can be done using fat transfer or implants, with the former typically costing slightly more than the latter, as it involves two separate procedures. You will also need to pay for the anaesthetic.
Type of implant
If you're having implants rather than a fat transfer, the type of implant you use will affect your price. Silicone implants tend to be more expensive than saline implants, as their look and feel is more natural.
If you want to make a series of changes to your breasts, for instance combining a breast lift with your augmentation, then you may find yourself paying more. Essentially, the more work you want to do, the higher your price will usually be.
What is included in a breast augmentation operation?
Breast augmentation surgery costs usually cover everything from your consultation to any aftercare your clinic provides.
Your surgeon will go through your medical history at your consultation and ask why you want breast augmentation. Be as honest as possible; it will help your surgeon give you accurate advice.
After an examination, your surgeon will discuss the different skin incisions, implant positions, size and shape available to you. It’s usually the position of the implant that influences a patient the most.
After consultation, you'll usually get a written estimate of the procedure cost, so you can see what money is needed.
Remember, it’s essential that you fully understand the procedure and know what to expect – at no point should you feel pressured into making a decision before you are ready.
Preparing for surgery
Your surgeon will take your photos and perform a physical examination during the pre-operative visit, to create a pre-op plan for you to follow. Once you've had your consultation and booked your surgery, you'll need to make sure your body is properly prepared. This may involve:
- Stopping using any blood-thinning medications.
- Avoiding extra supplements such as fish oil.
- Quitting smoking.
- Following any pre-surgical prescriptions.
You'll pick your desired implant size in your pre-op appointments with your surgeon, which may in turn affect pricing. The most common implants are silicone or saline and you'll typically notice the results straight away with both.
Fat transfer is a useful method of breast augmentation to correct minor asymmetries. Your surgeon will use your body fat from your bottom, hips or thighs to plump up the breast.
Surgery should take around an hour.
The surgical team will wrap your chest with a special postoperative surgical garment, and give you a list of post-surgical instructions to aid your recovery, which may include:
- Wearing a surgical bra to keep your breasts in shape and reduce swelling for around four weeks.
- Using the prescribed medications as directed.
Your surgeon may also recommend lymphatic drainage about three to five days after the procedure to reduce existing oedema and improve postoperative comfort. Just remember to check what is and isn’t included in the price.
Breast augmentation facts
- Between 20 and 50 per cent of the fat used in fat transfer operations will be reabsorbed by the body within a couple of months.
- Breast augmentation makes up 15 per cent of all plastic surgeries performed worldwide.
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