March 16, 2007, Newsletter Issue #10: Can You Afford the Cost of Breast Augmentation?

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Breast augmentation is not an inexpensive procedure. Furthermore, it is considered to be a cosmetic surgery so it's unlikely that many health insurance plans will cover it. Determining the exact cost of breast augmentation can be difficult because it depends on a number of factors, including the surgeon’s experience and skill level, the hospital where the procedure is performed and even the part of the country where the procedure is performed. An approximate value for the cost of breast augmentation surgery ranges from $3,000 to $6,000.



Patients who do not have enough money saved up to undergo breast augmentation surgery may still be able to have the procedure performed. In these cases, the patients should carefully evaluate their feelings to determine how important the procedure is to them. If they feel the procedure will be worthwhile and will result in a pronounced increase in self esteem, the patient may opt to find alternative ways to finance the procedure such as working out a payment plan with the cosmetic surgeon, taking out a loan to finance the procedure, using an existing home equity loan to finance the procedure or even charging the procedure on a credit card and repaying the debt according to the agreement with the credit card company.

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