The Price of Breast Augmentation: Why the Cost Differs for Each Patient

Breast augmentation, more commonly known as the “boob job”, is one of the most popular forms of plastic surgeries among women. In fact, it was ranked among the top 5, having been performed nearly 200,000 times in 2020 alone. But how much does getting a boob job cost?

As a breast augmentation is a very customizable procedure, there are many different factors when determining breast augmentation cost from the materials used, to size, location, and more. For example, getting breast implants in Toronto will cost differently than getting them say, in parts of Europe.

Here are just some of the many aspects that can go into determining the cost of a breast augmentation procedure.

Implant Size, Shape and Material

As previously mentioned, breast implants are exceedingly customizable. When it comes to the materials, one can choose between silicone or saline implants. Saline implants are slightly cheaper than their silicone counterparts, but are less durable, and feel less realistic. Additionally, they may visibly ripple under the skin when moving around during exercise or bending down. Silicone implants are more durable and realistic feeling, and do not ripple as they are more viscous than saline.

When it comes to shape, a person usually has the option of choosing between round and teardrop shaped implants. Teardrop implants are typically preferred by women desiring a more natural look, finding the round implant shape sometimes appear too “obvious” or “artificial” in the breasts. Due to this, teardrop implants cost more than round.

Finally, the bigger the implant, the more expensive it is likely to be, as the cost of materials increases.

Surgeon’s Fee

A surgeon’s fee is the cost of your surgeon specifically. This fee can greatly range, as it is usually set by the surgeon themselves. The more experienced your surgeon, the more expensive they are likely to be. However, that doesn’t mean you should shy away from an expensive surgeon. The adage is true that you get what you pay for, and saving for a more experienced surgeon likely means you will be much more satisfied with your results, as well as have a smoother recovery.

Facility Fee

A facility fee is the fee of the facility your surgery takes place in. This price can range depending whether or not the procedure takes place in a hospital or private facility; as well as the facilities geographical location. For example, the price of a breast augmentation will be different in Canada than it would be in America, Europe, or elsewhere in the world.


Anesthesia is a requirement of breast augmentation; it allows for you to undergo the procedure painlessly. Anesthesia requires a very careful administrationand dosage that requires monitoring by a professional; this can be done by either a nurse or a specific anesthesiologist. The latter will usually cost more, but provide you with an even safer and smoother experience.

Combining with other Procedures

Breast augmentations are very often combined with other cosmetic procedures. This may be another breast related procedure such as a breast lift, which helps tighten and lift the breast to a younger state, or a fat transfer augmentation, which can pad the breast with fat from the body to give the breasts an increased size and natural feel.

Liposuction and tummy tucks are other common types of procedures combined with a breast augmentation, as they allow the abdominal area to appear more contoured to better compliment the augmentation breasts as well.

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