Summary: Funding a plastic surgery operation can be a tricky business. Many plastic surgeons offer financing, but it’s hard to get insurance companies on board with footing any part of the bill for most of us. Yet, there are definitely some plastic surgery funding options to avoid. You want to stick with funding options that respect your agency—that let you have the final say in your results. With some breast augmentation funding options, that’s problematic. Indeed, you should have control over your body in this context.

Paying for Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can be a relatively expensive procedure. This is especially true as, in contrast to, say, a breast reduction, health insurance will rarely cover the costs of the procedure. That means that you’re stuck footing the bill for your breast augmentation procedure. It’s difficult to say how many women this stops from pursuing larger breasts, but I’m sure it’s a number higher than none. Of course, this article isn’t meant to necessarily convince you that health insurance should cover breast augmentation procedures (a broader discussion of which electives are covered and which are not might be fruitful one day, of course).

Rather, to get to the point of this article, let’s look at a former reality TV star. Mackenzie McKee, who was (or is?) the star of Teen Mom (I’ll be honest, I don’t follow a lot of reality television). McKee has apparently been pretty public with her displeasure over her A-sized breasts, voicing a desire to increase their size on several occasions. Apparently (according to McKee’s tweets—which, make of them what you will), McKee was unable to accomplish this goal because her husband at the time vetoed the idea. Now free of said husband (I guess that makes him an ex-husband now), McKee is free to pursue her dream of larger breasts, but is running into another obstacle: finances.

Plastic Surgery Funding Options to Avoid

According to some websites (and this hasn’t been confirmed by McKee), the reality TV star has set up a campaign on a website called MyFreeImplants, which functions very much like a Kickstarter or GoFundMe for breast implants and breast augmentation procedures. Apparently, the site functions like this: women post pictures of themselves and articulate the reasons they want larger breasts. Men then donate to their breast augmentation “campaigns.” The site is private, so I haven’t been able to get in there and dig around too much, but this strikes me as deeply problematic.

In fact, I’m going to use McKee to point out two very different problems that I’m sure many women who want breast implants have a chance of coming across. First and foremost, and this might be a bit controversial, is the notion that McKee let her husband have veto power over her desire for implants. It’s not uncommon for loved ones or friends and family to offer support—in fact, gaining that support is important to many breast augmentation patients. However, the notion that anyone should have “veto” power is problematic and somewhat alarming. For McKee and her ex-husband, maybe that worked at the time—but long term, patients have to pursue or not pursue plastic surgery for their own reasons.

Why is Funding so Important?

Which brings up the second problem. MyFreeImplants seems perfectly position to start directing unwanted pressure. The decision to get breast augmentation surgery (or not) should be a personal, individual one. It’s a decision that, frankly, no one but the patient should have a say in (okay, maybe the surgeon—but only for health reasons). Yet, any financial backer for anything is going to want a say in the final product. It’s just difficult for me to imagine MyFreeImplants as a particularly altruistic environment.

Now, it if helps some women get breast implants who otherwise would not have been able to, I suppose that’s a good thing, as long as those women did not feel any untoward pressure. In my opinion, there are just so many better options out there for financing a procedure if you really want it. Many plastic surgeons offer financing options, for example. I can’t help shaking the feeling that there’s something a little shady, a little seedy about MyFreeImplants. That said, if it works for you, and if you have no qualms, I’m not really in a position to judge.

It Will Happen and it Will Be Worth the Cost

Which is a long way of saying that financing can definitely be a road block for many women who want breast augmentation, whether they’re looking for breast implants in Minneapolis or in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, to a certain degree, there is simply no cutting corners here. If you attempt to cut costs on your own (whether by funding yourself on MyFreeImplants or, for example, investigating plastic surgery tourism), you open yourself up to certain risks that you may not end up being too fond of. In other words, you could end up with results that you aren’t particularly happy about.

That said, the vast majority of women who do want a breast augmentation, in time, find a way to make it happen, and they’re usually quite happy with the results. So if you’re thinking about a breast augmentation procedure, talk to your plastic surgeon (and no one else, if you don’t want to) today.

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