Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Breast Augmentation Financing

Breast augmentation financing is what makes many of these plastic surgery procedures possible and even affordable. The decision to have breast augmentation is an important one. And thanks to companies that finance cosmetic surgery procedures available online, you can make that decision become a reality.

It’s never been more convenient than now, thanks to the internet. There are many breast augmentation financing companies that are now available online. The great thing about many of these is that they allow you to choose the plastic surgeon that you want.

These companies have representatives that are trained and knowledgeable in plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation. They also are familiar with the costs and surgeons' policies. Once your application is submitted almost all of these companies will have an answer to you in under a week and many in as little as 15 minutes.

Breast augmentation costs range from $4000 to $6000 and that would leave you with payments ranging from $130 to $300 a month.

Interest rates can vary a great deal depending on the financial institute and you as a risk. The higher your credit score the lower your interest rate will be.

Most plastic surgeons advertise their financing options on site with appropriate links. This office for cosmetic surgery in Boston, Dr. Richard Moss, offers different options with these representative benefits:
  • Fixed rates
  • Low monthly payments
  • Terms up to 60 months
  • Online decision in minutes
If breast augmentation surgery is important to you, now is a good time to consider all your financing options.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Informed Decision About Saline Breast Implants

Have you been considering breast implants, worried about the mixed information out there? Not sure if it's safe, even though millions of women around the world have opted for them. With research, you can make an informed decision.

The breast is made up of glands and milk ducts, surrounded with fatty tissue and then supported by the pectoral muscle. Nursing, weight changes, and aging can all cause the breast to sag or lose shape.

A breast implant is simply a silicone shell that is filled with saline, which is no more than salt water. The saline is added through a small valve, and how much is added, depends on what you and your surgeon decide.

Women seek out implants for two basic reasons. They'd like to increase the size of the breasts, or they have suffered either an injury or mastectomy and are looking for breast reconstructive surgery.

Before you decide to have saline breast implants, there are a few things you should know.
1. This may not be a one-time thing. Over your lifetime, you are likely going to need additional surgeries, and your pocket book needs to be able to handle that.
2. Many of the changes that occur to the breast after you have an implant cannot be reversed, so if you choose to have your implants removed, your breast could look quite different from your original breast.
3. Mammography screening can be difficult with implants.
4. Your insurance premiums may increase as a result of having had breast implants.
5. If your breast implants are part of reconstructive surgery, your first surgery will likely be covered by your insurance, but subsequent surgeries could be your responsibility.

If you currently have a malignant tumor or pre-cancerous growths, you cannot have breast implants because you are at an increased risk.

If you have an autoimmune disease, you may not be a candidate or if you have trouble with blood clotting or wound healing. Any of these conditions you will need to discuss with your surgeon.

Saline breast implants have shown to be safe, and they'll look great and make you feel great. Of course as with any medical procedure, you should discuss your personal situation with your plastic surgeon.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants – Cost Comparison

For a while women only had saline breast implants to choose from, but now both saline breast implants and silicone breast implants have FDA approval. So now you need to decide what’s best for you. You might start with a cost comparison.

Breast enlargements can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 or even more and generally they are not covered by health insurance. Silicone usually costs around a $1000 more than the comparative saline implants. So let’s have a look at the other differences.

The benefits of saline breast implants are that they are less expensive than silicone, surgery involves a smaller incision, which is usually only 3 cm, and the volume is adjustable.

The pros of silicone breast implants are that they feel much more natural, are compressible, and have minimal rippling.

On the disadvantages, saline breast implants can ripple and wrinkle, and it can be felt through the skin. They can feel too firm to be natural, and when you lie on your stomach, you will actually feel the pressure points on each side of your chest where the saline breast implants are located. When you have silicone breast implants, this disappears.

The con of silicone is they are about $1,000 more expensive, and the incision is longer ranging from 4 to 5 cm. The volume is not adjustable so what you get is what you get.

Silicone implants also need to be monitored for potential ruptures. This can lead to chronic breast pain. The FDA recommends that if you have silicone implants, you should have an MRI at least once every two years. MRI scans cost on average $1,500, and it will not be covered by your medical insurance because it is related to cosmetic surgery.

The difference in price is really not enough to base your final decision on, but by comparing both the pros and cons of both sides you will make the right decision for you.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Breast Augmentation - What Expenses?

Breast augmentation is a procedure that crosses the minds of many of us for consideration. Perhaps the "girls" are something you've been unhappy with for sometime, and you'd just love to breast augmentation. So what are the expenses?

Most of us instantly recognize that there is the cost of the surgeon, which on average is around $3,500, but that's just to start. Additional costs include anesthesia fees, hospital fees, operating room and recover room fees, tests, prescriptions, and post surgery garments that will be required.

On average, the total is usually around $7,000, but of course, it can vary depending on where you live and who your surgeon is. Most of us just can't pull $7,000 out of a hat, which is why there are finance plans offered by most plastic surgeons, not just for breast augmentation, but for other surgical procedures that aren't generally covered by health insurance.

You surgeon may finance directly or he/she may have arrangements with a financial institution. Of course, you will have to fill out an application and pass their criteria.

Only a decade ago, most breast augmentation was seen in Hollywood, and today it's affordable to almost all women. So, if you've always wanted to update your breasts, why not book an appointment with your plastic surgeon for a consultation. It's the first step to a new you!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Breast Augmentation Paid for by the Aussie Navy

It seems according to a story posted at The BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6997316.stm ,the Australian Navy is now paying for female sailors to have breast enlargements, and that’s creating quite a uproar in government circles.

It seems they claim that the breast implants were not paid for so that female sailors could look better. Rather to improve their self-esteem and how they felt about themselves.

Brig Nikolic, a spokesperson for the military, says, “We do consider the broader needs of our people, both physical and psychological.”

Now, whether it’s right or wrong that the military is paying for breast augmentation isn’t really the issue. Instead, I’m thinking wouldn’t it be wonderful if in the future, breast implants became a part of our benefit packages at work?

Think about it – it would be like dental coverage. Perhaps this year you’d just have a “lift and separate,” but next year you might go from a B cup to a D cup. Wait five years later; it seems you’d prefer to be a C cup.

Wouldn’t it be great if all you had to do was pay your deductible, and you could have the breasts you always wanted.

But wait – think about this – perhaps liposuction and face lifts could be covered too. I mean isn’t it good for our mental health to be 50 and look 30? I think there’s a lot of potential here.

According to the Australian navy’s spokesperson, paying for breast augmentation isn’t routine, and it’s done only when it will benefit
psychologically, producing a better female soldier. That’s not to say that their new look isn’t going to be enjoyed by many.

Here’s the kicker. The plastic surgeon who did the breast augmentation on two of the female soldiers said it cost $10,000 for each. It certainly shows that the Navy either has too much money on its hands or doesn’t know how to use it correctly. But that’s another story. For women it’s about much more.

Ladies we can begin to dream about the day our benefit packages just might cover breast enlargements or reductions, and for many of us that simply don’t have the money for the procedure, we just might be able to get “the girl’s" we want.

Then again, if we don’t feel like waiting, maybe it’s time to join the Australian navy?

Breast Implant Warranty

Mentor is one of several manufacturers that make breast implants. Although all implant makers have their own warranty, they are similar, so we’ll use Mentor’s to give you an idea of what you can expect.

Mentor prides themselves in their customer service and willingness to assist patients however they can. They also offer a true patient warranty on all of their breast implants. It all begins with a lifetime replacement policy.

This lifetime replacement applies to anyone who has Mentor breast implants, and the age of the implant doesn’t matter.

Rupturing will result in a free replacement. It may also include financial assistance for the replacement of the implant. The surgeon is required to request the replacement implant. Almost all of the reputable manufacturers provide a very similar warranty.

These companies make a commitment to you past the day of your surgery. Besides the warranty, many offer a hotline so that you can have all of your questions answered in a timely manner.

This can relieve a great deal of anxiety, especially in the earlier days. Sure, your surgeon will be happy to answer any questions, but the hotline is so convenient, with no wait time.

Your surgeon will discuss the breast implant warranty with you before the date of your breast augmentation surgery. Because most of the warranties are similar, the implants used for you are chosen because they are suitable for your particular breast augmentation.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Women Go Overseas For Breast Implant Bargains

Breast implants are in high demand, but at the price of implants, many women who would like implants can't afford to get them – at least not in North America. And that's why women are going overseas for breast implant bargains.

Breast implants in countries like Costa Rica, India, and Singapore can cost half as much as they do at home. That means you can pay for your trip and still save a bundle.

Some would have you believe that you are putting your health at risk by doing this, and with some plastic surgeons in some countries that might be the case, but the surgeons in other countries will receive comparable care. In fact, you may find facilities that are superior to ours in the United States. It is truly a case of doctor versus doctor.

However, if you are considering going overseas for breast implants to save some money, it is important that you do your homework, so that you know and understand what type of care you will be getting. Your health and safety can be at risk if you do not do your homework properly.

One more consideration is that after you're home and healing, your doctor is thousands of miles away. Should a complication arise, you will have to rely on U.S. facilities and physicians.

More than a half million Americans head overseas for surgical procedures each year so the idea isn’t a new one, but it is only in recent years that women are taking advantage of these savings for breast implants.

Both saline and silicone implants are available around the world, so if you are considering going overseas for implants just be sure you do your homework.