The Average Cost of Breast Augmentation in Orange County

Is Breast Augmentation Costly?

Surgeries such as breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction can be relatively expensive procedures. Breast augmentation, in particular, can be more expensive because it includes the cost of breast implants, which is not a part of the other surgeries. However, the cost must be viewed in relation to the perceived benefits a patient receives from the procedure. Patients who are constantly bothered by the perceived smaller size of their breasts or suffer from a loss of self-esteem or self-confidence, may be the best beneficiaries from this procedure, irrespective of the costs involved.

The procedure can help improve their personality, self-confidence, and also have a positive impact on their performance at home and the workplace. These benefits can easily make the costs worthwhile. At the same time, with a skilled plastic surgeon, breast augmentation is a one-time procedure and the patients can enjoy the results for many years. Therefore, in the long run, the cost becomes justified in relation to the prolonged benefits achieved.

Cost Factors

Geographic factors can influence the cost of a breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction surgery. Patients in Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA, and nearby communities may expect to pay a cost that is in accordance with the cost of living index in California. Similarly, the cost will vary from one state to another based on the state’s cost of living. However, even within the same state, the cost of the procedure can vary significantly from one practice to another. The cost may vary on the basis of the quality of surgery, the quality of staff and facilities, and the background and reputation of the surgeon.

Health and safety should take priority over the costs when a detailed cosmetic procedure such as breast augmentation is involved. It may not be a fantastic idea to compromise on the quality of surgery, the qualifications and experience of the surgeon, and other factors, just to make some cost savings. A cheaper bargain in any cosmetic procedure is long forgotten, but a poorly done job is remembered forever and hopefully the results are not physically permanent. If a cheaper procedure necessitates a revision surgery, the procedure may end up being more expensive than what a normal surgery would cost in the first place.

It certainly will be more stressful.

Cost in Orange County

The cost of breast implants in Orange County may range from $6,000 for saline implants to $7,000 for silicone implants. Newer qualities of silicone gel implants usually cost more than saline implants. In addition to the cost of implants, the fee of the surgeon is a key cost component. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery evaluated that in 2011, the surgeon’s average fee for breast augmentation was about $3,700 for silicone implants and $3,300 for saline implants. Other surgery-related expenditures would include the following:

  • Cost of surgical facility or hospital.
  • Cost of anesthesia.
  • Cost of prescription drugs.
  • Cost of post-op garments.
  • Cost of lab tests.

Patients should account for all fees associated with breast augmentation in order to have a correct and clear estimate of costs before going ahead with the procedure. When the surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons, it is usually not covered by a health insurance policy.

Silicone Vs Saline Implant Cost

A careful choice must be made between silicone gel and saline implants. Before considering the cost factor, the patient should look at the attributes of each option, and make an informed choice in consultation with the plastic surgeon. If the patient is looking for a more natural appearance and feel of the breasts, irrespective of the cost, then some of the latest qualities of silicone gel implants should be considered. These will cost more than saline implants, but are more effective and sustainable in the long run.

Highly cohesive silicone gel implants are more uniform and natural looking in their touch and feel. Saline implants are relatively cheaper, but they are also harder. However, some patients prefer saline because saline solution in the implant is biocompatible and poses on risk to health in case of implant rupture. Therefore, an appropriate choice between silicone and saline implants can be made on their basis of their attributes, affordability, and the surgeon’s advice.

For more information on procedures and treatments Plastic Surgeon, Dr Farbod Esmailian performs in and around Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA please visit:


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