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Breast implants can boost your self esteem but they’ll usually do the opposite to your pocketbook; unfortunately most women are stuck paying the entire cost of their surgeries since health insurance only covers breast implants and augmentation surgery in reconstructive cases. How can you reduce the cost of breast implants? One common tactic is to travel, sometimes out of the country. This is called medical tourism.
Medical tourism is becoming a mainstream practice for people who need or want procedures that their medical insurance carriers refuse to compensate them for, including plastic surgery and breast implants. Traveling to another country costs money, but oftentimes not as much as staying in your own country to get breast implants. You may be able to save thousands of dollars by having your procedure done in a first world facility in a third world country. A medical tourism provider which specializes in plastic surgery can help you find the best opportunity to lower your costs.
What if you really can’t afford to leave the country to get breast implants? You may still be able to reduce the cost by simply traveling in your own country. A lot of people forget that upscale urban centers tend to be more expensive (in every sense) than rural areas or smaller towns. Getting breast implants in upscale areas will cost an upscale price, but you can probably afford the same quality of surgery in another town where prices may be reduced by as much as half! This is another great way to save thousands of dollars on breast implants. Don’t forget also that you can usually save $1,000-$2,000 on your implants by choosing saline. That shouldn’t be the sole factor in your decision, but it may help you make your choice if you are pinched for financial resources.
You’ve probably heard that health insurance carriers aren’t too helpful with plastic surgery and usually turn customers down for coverage on breast implants. This isn’t always the case; depending on your situation you may be able to get coverage for your surgery. It all depends on your reasons for wanting breast augmentation. If those reasons relate to a past injury or illness (or sometimes a birth defect) there’s a great chance you’ll get covered.
Plastic surgery can be considered cosmetic, reconstructive, or both. Reconstructive plastic surgery is plastic surgery which is needed to repair damage and help a person lead a normal life, whereas cosmetic plastic surgery is aesthetic in nature. Naturally reconstructive surgery is usually aesthetic as well as reconstructive. Insurance carriers will cover reconstructive surgery because they see it as necessary, but won’t cover purely cosmetic surgery since they consider it elective.
Did you lose your breasts to cancer, or did you get into an accident that mutilated your breasts? If so, insurance carriers will usually cover your breast implants and surgical costs as they would any other type of surgery. You will want to call to make sure you know what part of the bill you might owe, but you shouldn’t let trepidations stand in your way.
If you are getting breast implants for reasons relating only to self image and confidence, your carrier won’t cover you (even though it may be necessary to you). You can reduce the cost though by traveling for your surgery to a rural area or even leaving the country for your surgery (a process called medical tourism). Costs of breast implants and surgeries vary greatly across geographical areas. You also may be able to save more money by getting saline implants, which are a bit less expensive than silicone implants.