Choosing the Best Breast Implant Surgeon

Choosing the best breast implant surgeon is an enormously personal and individual choice. It is very important that your surgeon be well trained and qualified to do the procedure you are thinking about. An American Board of Medical Specialty should certify a surgeon. The American board of plastic surgery is the most important board regulating plastic surgeons and their training. You can also contact the American Board of Plastic surgery at their website or call them directly at (215) 587-9322.

Even if a surgeon is board-certified that is still not a guarantee that the surgeon can perform the procedure to the level of excellence that you may desire. It is important to make sure your surgeon trained at universities that are well known for excellence. Many doctors receive training in foreign countries where the requirements for training are more lax then those in the United States. Currently the United States has the most rigorous and organized medical training in the world. Make sure your surgeon has done all of their training in the United States, especially medical school and residency. Also make sure your surgeon has trained at centers known for excellence.

Dr. Smith’s Training and Credentials

Dr. Smith has trained and excelled in some of the best training programs and most prestigious universities in the United States including Stanford University and the world famous Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic has been consistently ranked as the best or second best medical facility in the world for the past 80 years. Please give us a call at 702.838.2455 to learn more about Dr. Lane Smith, and we’ll show you why he believes he’s the best breast implant surgeon for you. Or Dr. Lane Smith’s Surgical Training and Credentials to learn more about Dr. Lane Smith’s Credentials in Plastic Surgery


Smith Plastic Surgery is a new, state of the art, fully accredited, through AAAASF, surgical facility. As a private facility the patient is able to have more flexibility in scheduling, lower overall costs to the patient, offer more discretion and privacy than a public facility, offer increased specialization and safety.


  • University of Utah, BS 1985
  • University of Utah Medical School 1988
  • Otolaryngology Internship, University of Texas 1989
  • Otolaryngology Residency, University of Texas 1993
  • Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Stanford University 1994
  • Plastic Surgery Residency, Mayo Clinic 2001

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery 2003
  • American Boardof Cosmetic Surgery 2005
  • American Board of Otolaryngology 1994
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1997


  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Utah Medical Association
  • American Society of Otolaryngology
  • American Society of Cosmetic Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations

  • Summerlin Hospital, Las Vegas Nevada
  • Specialty Surgical Center, Las Vegas Nevada

Dr. Lane Smith’s Surgical Training and Credentials

Dr. Smith has completed approximately 16 years of training after finishing high school. He is one of only approximately two dozen surgeons in the United States who has completed full fellowships in both Plastic Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Smith is also one of only a small group of surgeons that has these four surgical board certifications. He is board Certified in Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery*, Cosmetic Surgery*, and Ear, Nose, Throat – Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery).

Upon graduating from medical school Dr. Smith began his residency training in Ear, Nose, and Throat, and Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  During his residency he was honored to serve as the President of the Texas-Medical Association – Resident Physicians. He also sat on the Texas Council of Medical Education, and served as president of the Medical Housestaff at his hospital. He received several honors for his research including best paper by the Southern Medical Society, best paper by the Texas Medical Society and second place in the National Medical Student research Forum.

Stanford University Fellowship
in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Smith then completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University.  In 1994, he was privileged to receive the Jack Anderson award for scholastic excellence in facial plastic surgery.  This award is given only to the surgeon with the highest score in the United States on the facial plastic surgery board examination.  Dr. Smith also served as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University.

After completing his tenure at Stanford University, Dr. Smith then completed yet another residency in Plastic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.   In 2001 he received the award for the best paper in Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery given by the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.  This award is also given to only one resident surgeon each year

Dr. Lane Smith in the Medical Community

Dr Smith has continues to be honored by his medical colleagues for his excellent work and contributions to medical science. In 2008 Dr. Smith received the award for the best overall paper, from the California and Rocky Mountain Plastic Surgery Society for his work regarding rhinoplasty.    He also received the award for the best cosmetic paper of the entire year, 2008, from the American Society of Cosmetic Surgery for his work on breast augmentation.

Dr. Smith has served medical missions to Zimbabwe Africa and Venezuela. In each of these locations he taught the local physicians and operated on handicapped children. He has lectured nationally and internationally to other physicians on topics related to plastic surgery.  He has published many articles in medical journals and written chapters on surgery in some of more prestigious Surgical Textbooks.

Dr. Smith has also created a charitable non-profit organization which performs free surgery on children with deformities, and women requiring breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery.

Cost of Breast Surgery and Financing

How much will Breast Surgery Cost?

During your visit, Dr. Smith will evaluate your needs and work with you to formulate a treatment plan that is best for you. After this is done, Dr. Smith will estimate the amount of operative time it will take to complete your surgery. The length of time a surgery takes, varies with the difficulty and amount of surgery (remember that the length of time the surgery takes is the number one factor in determining the total cost of breast surgeries). For example, a heavier person will take longer to liposuction then some one who is thinner, and the charge for liposuction may be more. If there are several surgeries involved the cost for each surgery will be listed separately as well as a fee for all surgeries if they are done at the same time. Because you have to be put under anesthesia and awoken from anesthesia only once, it usually costs less to do several things at once versus doing each surgery individually.

This time estimate of the surgery or surgeries is given to one of Dr. Smith’s consultants who will then figure out the entire cost of the surgery or surgeries including anesthesia, the operating room, and the materials (such as implants), etc… The consultant will then come in the room and give you the surgical fee.

What is a surgical fee and what does it include?

The surgical fee at the Smith Plastic Surgery includes all the costs of the surgery including the cost of the anesthesia, the anesthesiologist, the operating room and staff, any materials needed (such as implants), Dr. Smith’s fees and four postoperative visits. The surgical fee does not include the cost of your postoperative medications such as your postoperative pain pills and antibiotics, and it does not include the cost of your preoperative lab fees, any scar creams or if necessary the leg squeezers (used to prevent blood clots when necessary.) Usually these are relatively small costs and health insurance will cover these costs.  Four postoperative visits are usually more then adequate for normal healing and this is included with your surgery. The postoperative visits are usually scheduled for the day after surgery, the first week after surgery, around 4 to 6 weeks after surgery and the 4 to 6 months after surgery. If a patient elects to have more than 4 postoperative visits, there will be a 50$ charge for each additional visit. This is because some patients are more needy then others and may want excessive visits. This is fine with Dr. Smith, but a small charge after 4 visits will help defray some of the office costs and prevent visits that are truly unnecessary. If it has been more than one year after surgery, the cost of a clinic visit is $100.

The Average cost of breast surgery

Below is a list of the average costs of some of the more common breast surgeries. Please note that these are only estimates and that the exact cost will be given to you at the time of your first consultation. The actual costs will vary depending on the amount, time and difficulty of your surgery. Please note that when we are asked to repair another surgeon’s work the cost of the surgery will often be more because the surgery will take longer and be more difficult. The costs are usually less when one or more surgeries are done at the same time. These are the approximate costs of surgeries at the time of this publication and are subject to change. They may also change depending on what the patient actually needs.  Some patients are more difficult than others.

Routine breast augmentation:  $4500 to $6000 with saline implants, $5500 to $6800 with silicone implants.

Natural breast augmentation (fat transfer to breasts:)  $7500 to $9800

Breast reduction surgery: $7500 to $9500

Breast lift surgery without implants:  $6800 to $9200

Breast lift surgery with implants:   $8000 to $10,800

Liposuction:  $1700 to $3800 for each area. Things that come in pairs are counted as one area; for example, one area would be both outer thighs or both arms.  The abdomen would be one area or the submental region would be one area.

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