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Breast Augmentation Surgery Costs

Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast Augmentation Plastic Surgery Costs Santa Barbara Breast augmentation is a major cosmetic surgery, which ought to be performed only by an experienced surgeon at a recognized surgical facility. While safety and quality continue to be the undisputed prime factors, but for a number of women, the dollar figure of the procedure still remains a starting point while considering breast augmentation.

Dr. Neal Handel is a leading plastic surgeon with nearly four decades of experience in the field. During the initial consultation process, Dr. Handel will discuss all aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs. His first goal is to help the patient make an informed choice. Dr. Handel receives patients for breast augmentation from Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding areas.

What is the Average Cost?

As a customizable procedure with cost variations in key components such as breast implant qualities, the overall financial amount of breast augmentation can vary from one patient to another. Several other factors will also influence the cost. In terms of average cost, the national average cost of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery in 2014 in the US was $3,708. This is the figure provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

However, the ASPS clarified that this cost is exclusive of the costs of anesthesia, operating facility costs, and other surgical expenses. When all such dollar figure components as well as additional expenses such as the price tag for prescription medications, medical tests, mammograms, surgical accessories and post-surgical visits are considered, the total cost may range from $7,000 to $14,000.

Where the Practice is Located

Practice location is a major factor in determining the overall monetary amount of breast augmentation. In large cities as well as the ones located along the East and West Coasts, the average dollar figure of living as well as the cost of real estate is usually higher. This will reflect in higher costs of most goods and services, including plastic surgery. Therefore, the financial impact of breast augmentation in Beverly Hills, California may not be the same as the dollar amount in, say, Arizona.

Breast Implants and Your Checking Account

Silicone gel based implants will usually cost about $1,000 higher as compared to traditional saline implants. Some of the latest versions in FDA approved highly cohesive and form stable implants, which are also known as gummy bear implants, may cost about $2,000 to $3,000 higher as compared to saline implants.

Fee Charged by the Surgeon

The plastic surgeon may charge a fee for breast augmentation procedure on the basis of qualifications, experience and reputation in the field of breast surgery. According to the ASPS, it is important to choose the right surgeon for such a major procedure, and factors such as the surgeon’s fee should only be a secondary consideration.

Insurance and Finance

The cost of breast augmentation may be covered by the health insurer only if the procedure is performed as a medical requirement following a mastectomy or as a part of breast reconstruction. Other patients can explore multiple financing options, such as compassionate finance from private medical financing firms. Such finance is usually available at competitive interest rates and easy monthly installments.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Overview

Breast Augmentation Surgery 

Breast Augmentation Plastic Surgery Santa Barbara | Cosmetic SurgeonOver the years, breast augmentation has emerged as second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the country, after liposuction. FDA approvals for advanced qualities of breast silicone implants, and innovative, less invasive surgical techniques have made the procedure safer and far more effective.

Dr. Neal Handel is a pre-eminent plastic surgeon with 38 years of experience behind him. Dr. Handel provides breast augmentation and other procedures using state of the art surgical technologies. He receives patients from Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding communities.

Who is a Suitable Candidate?

A woman may consider breast augmentation procedure for a variety of reasons. The surgeon will carefully evaluate her breast anatomy, overall health status, and personal aesthetic goals before recommending this surgery. Women affected by one or more of the following conditions will usually make wonderful candidates for breast augmentation cosmetic surgery:

  • Breasts are naturally small or under-developed, which is a condition called micromastia
  • Breasts are asymmetrical
  • Breast volume has been lost following pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss
  • One or both breasts have congenital defects
  • Breast tissue is lost due to injury or breast cancer surgery
  • The patient simply wants more voluptuous breast appearance

Customized Treatment

Breast augmentation is a highly customizable procedure, which is one of the key reasons behind its popularity. The surgery can be tailored to meet the specific aesthetic needs of the patient. As a dedicated plastic surgeon, Dr. Handel remains closely involved with the patient at every stage to help her make the right choices about the procedure. He provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Santa Barbara, California, and nearby locations.

Implant Type and Size

Breast implants are available in saline and silicone gel-filled varieties. Some of the latest implants are made with highly cohesive silicone gel core for superior aesthetics and safety. Variations in implant sizes, profiles, shapes, and textures are also available to suit the patient’s unique needs.

Implant Placement Position

Breast implants are usually placed either below the pectoral muscle or in front of the pectoral muscle, behind the breast tissue. The surgeon will create the breast pocket in the appropriate location once the breast implant placement is determined in consultation with the patient.

Location of the Incisions

Breast implant incisions may be located in the armpit, along the lower border of the areola, or beneath the breast crease. In exceptional situations, a TUBA or transumbilical incision may be placed.


Breast augmentation is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgeon will begin the procedure by placing the incision in the pre-decided location. A breast pocket will be created through the incision, and implant will be placed and adjusted into its position. Once the surgery is completed, the surgeon will close the incisions carefully with sutures, and cover the area with bandages.


Mild pain and discomfort may be experienced in the first few days, which can be managed with pain medications. Most patients will be able to resume their regular activities in about 10 to 14 days. Strenuous exercises and lifting of heavy weights should be avoided for at least a month.

Medical Spa Services


cosmetic surgery 24Dr. Neal Handel is one of the leading providers of cosmetic surgery as well as non-surgical aesthetic procedures. With an extensive experience of nearly four decades behind him, Dr. Handel believes in choosing the least invasive or non-invasive treatments to address the aesthetic concerns of a patient wherever possible.

Dr. Handel is recognized in the industry for his vast contributions as a plastic surgeon as well as non-invasive treatment expert. Patients in Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive state of the art procedures at his practice.


Botox is widely recognized as the leading anti-aging, non-surgical facial injectable procedure in the world. Based on botulinum toxin, this FDA approved medication is injected directly into the wrinkle forming muscle in the face. The neurotoxin causes near-instant paralyzing of the targeted muscle for a temporary period.

In about three to five days, the patient can experience full results of the procedure and enjoy a wrinkle-free skin in the treated area. The results with Botox may last for three to six months. Dr. Handel may recommend Botox to suitable candidates who wish to avoid a facelift or another cosmetic surgery for facial rejuvenation.

Facial Fillers

Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are highly popular injectable treatments to reduce wrinkles, lines, and creases on the face. The filler gel is designed to volumize the targeted areas of the face, which can help to correct certain facial depressions and deformities, fill wrinkles, make facial skin appear smoother and tighter.

As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Handel can provide these advanced filler injections in a safe and effective manner. He receives patients from Beverly Hills, California, and nearby areas. Dr. Handel also offers Radiesse, which is stronger facial filler designed to achieve longer lasting soft tissue contour enhancement.

Non-surgical Rhinoplasty

Dr. Handel can improve the nasal contours by using FDA approved cosmetic filler injections such as Radiesse and Juvederm. Concave or depressed areas of the nose can be filled up instantly with these filler gels to smooth out irregularities. Injectable rhinoplasty filler treatment can be performed with the patient under local anesthesia as an in-office procedure.

Chemical Peel

Dr. Handel and his team are able to provide customized chemical peel treatments for facial rejuvenation, ranging from mild peels to very strong and deep peels. Vi Peel is one of the popular peels offered, which is suitable for almost any skin type.

The patient can achieve improvement in skin tone and texture, regain clearer skin, and experience reduction in freckles, age spots, and hyper pigmentation. Another advanced peel treatment is TCA peel, which is performed personally by Dr. Handel. This peel treatment is available in four different strengths to suit the unique needs of a patient.

Vanquish Fat Reduction

Vanquish is an innovative non-invasive fat reduction procedure that is based on RF technology. Vanquish system is designed to selectively heat the unwanted fat cells to a temperature of 44 to 45° Celsius, causing it to melt away gradually. The surrounding healthy tissue remains unaffected and the patient is able to achieve slimmer and smoother contours.

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