Even though many Americans are cutting back on luxury expenses such as cosmetic surgery during the recession, demand for procedures continues to remain strong. With beach season right around the corner, women in particular are still turning to plastic surgery to give their looks a boost, and demand for breast implants is still strong.
According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation is still most-performed surgical procedure in the United States; more women are turning to silicone implants in recent years because of the myriad of benefits and low risk of puncture. Even though silicone implants cost between $1,000 to $1,200 more than saline implants, most patients feel comfortable with paying the difference because of the natural-looking results of saline, and fewer risks involved.
But how are they paying the price for beauty in this economy? More plastic surgeons are offering flexible payment plans and financing options for patients interested in investing in a pricey procedure. Companies like CareCredit offer several different patient financing options, and doctors have the option to choose various packages for their patients. Some doctors are also offering their own ‘layaway’ plans or other incentives to get more patients in the door this season.
The average cost of silicone implants is about $6,500 - $8,000+ depending on the doctor, location of the surgery center, and general fees. Saline implants can cost between $5,000 - $6,000+ depending on the doctor and surgery center. Breast implant procedures can be paid for with a personal loan, patient financing, or even credit cards.
Breast implants, liposuction and Botox injections are among the most sought-after procedures in the United States, and even though fewer people are heading to the doctor’s office this year, most are still investing in these key procedures in order to improve their looks.